Near the Long Xuyen canal and Ong Manh bridge, Ho Thi Hanh has been running her coffee shop for 50 years. Her café has no sparkling billboard or even a clear address, but its simplicity, neatness, unchanged ambience and special coffee flavor have won the hearts of many customers. Local patrons refer to the shop “Muoi Ngau café”. Hanh prepares the coffee after the customers place their order, so that every cup has a fresh, strong flavor. She brews the coffee in an earthen pot on a brick stove fuelled by rice husk. She uses an aluminum spoon to take the coffee powder from a tin container. None of her brewing tools are made of plastic. Once the coffee is brewed it is strained through cloth mesh before being poured into cups. Many customers said they can smell the “scent” of time as they wait for and enjoy their coffee. Before pouring the coffee, Hanh warms the cups by dipping them in boiling water, so the beverage retains its heat and warmth for longer. There is also a tea pot in the café that is usually refilled with boiled water. Hanh only uses one stove to boil the water for… Read full this story
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