VietNamNet Bridge - Twenty-one tons of coffee in Dak Nong province made of battery powder have been seized as ‘dirty coffee’. However, no one can define what ‘clean coffee’ means. According to Nguyen Viet Vinh, secretary general of the Vietnam Cocoa and Coffee Association (Vicofa), one of the hottest issues now is the absence of national standards for roasted coffee. As a result, roasters add non-coffee elements into real coffee and sell their products as ‘genuine coffee’. “The lack of national standards for roasted coffee places difficulties on agencies to control coffee quality in the market, while ‘mixed’ coffee is labeled as genuine coffee,” he commented. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has set up two standards related to coffee processing. These include national standards for coffee processing units and national standards for coffee beans. In principle, coffee roasters must declare … [Read more...] about What is the standard for ‘safe roasted coffee’?
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Major European coffee buyers such as Nestle are struggling to obtain supplies of premium robusta beans after heavy rains in Vietnam last year wreaked havoc on the crop in the world's biggest producer. Major European coffee buyers such as Nestle are struggling to obtain supplies of premium robusta beans after heavy rains in Vietnam last year wreaked havoc on the crop in the world's biggest producer. Coffee roasters with strict requirements about the quality of their robusta beans, a cheaper variety than arabica and used for instant coffee, are rejecting deliveries, traders said. Roasters complain the coffee is musty and bitter, having been soaked last autumn by heavy rains during harvesting, when farmers lay the coffee cherries out to dry. The weather damage can also be seen in the colour -- more beans than usual are a brown or black hue rather than the typical pale green colour of raw coffee. Nestle, the world's largest coffee company, has been hit particularly hard, traders said, … [Read more...] about Europe’s coffee roasters hit by poor bean quality after Vietnam rains
PANO - "I came to General Vo Nguyen Giap's house yesterday, but I cannot see him anymore and was not warmly received by him like the two previous times. Although he has passed away, his warm embrace reserved for me at my first visit to his house remains as fresh as if it happened yesterday," said Almos Maksay, whose Vietnamese name is Mac Son, a Hungarian-Australian ethnologist, after offering incense to General Vo Nguyen Giap whom he has long respected and admired. Earlier, having learnt about General Vo Nguyen Giap's passing away from his Vietnamese wife while he, his family and some Hungarian friends were visiting Hung Kings Temple, he quietly bought a box of incense coils to offer to commemorate the legendary Vietnamese General. Maksay, who always considers himself a common person, is nevertheless proud of being one of the lucky ones, among common foreigners, to have had a chance to meet the legendary Vietnamese General who garnered such worldwide admiration. >> … [Read more...] about A common man’s impression of General Vo Nguyen Giap
Many people living in Ho Chi Minh City, particularly of low income strata, are looking for alternative modes of domestic energy to replace cooking gas cylinders that have become increasingly more unaffordable to the common man. Gas companies in the city have once again increased the retail price of a 12kg cooking gas cylinder by VND42,000 this February, which will now cost VND428,000. Within the last two months, the gas retail prices have been hiked three times, amounting to a total hike of VND74,000 on a 12kg cylinder. According to the gas companies, the world gas prices have gone up to US$145 a ton forcing them to raise the domestic price as well. This increase on an essential commodity like cooking gas has brought more financial burden on people with average income of around VND2.5-3 million a month. As a result they have turned to alternate means for cooking, like coal briquettes. Luong Thi Nguyet Anh, a garment worker from Binh Tan District earning only VND2.4 million a month, … [Read more...] about Domestic cooking gas unaffordable to common man
Major Asian coffee markets were quiet on low demand during the Christmas holiday, traders said, while Vietnam's total coffee exports were estimated to fall this year. The Vietnam government said on Wednesday coffee exports were likely to drop 20.1 percent from a year earlier to 1.4 million tonnes. "Heavy rain last December damaged 15 to 20 percent coffee beans which were reserved for shipment in 2017. That explains the drop in coffee exports," independent analyst Nguyen Quang Binh told Reuters on Thursday. The government, however, said that shipment of beans this month would rise from November, with traders' forecasts also in line with the government estimate. Harvesting in Vietnam's Central Highlands coffee belt has almost been completed on supportive weather, but trading has slowed during the Christmas break, traders said. "There was some demand from buyers who were short on stock. But roasters were not looking to buy," a trader in Ho Chi Minh City said. Coffee roasters are the main … [Read more...] about Asia Coffee-Demand falls in holiday week, Vietnam’s 2017 exports down