I love coffee. A satisfying sip of coffee is like a rush of energy that runs through my veins, every time. The fragrant flavor of a high grade coffee heals my headache but most of all awakens the happy hormone in me.
Looking around, there are so many coffee shops that serve really good coffee with different blends and flavors. But, there is one coffee adventure that raised my coffee experience to another level; that is when I traveled to Vietnam. I bought my first coffee in Vietnam at the sidewalk. It was different from how I see coffees are prepared. As I watched the vendor, she poured condensed milk in the glass then, a small amount of concentrated liquid form coffee and a hot water. The taste was exceptional based on the fact that it was just made at the side of the street. The flavor was strong, there’s a little taste of bitterness mixed with sweetness. It was perfectly mixed. I paired it with their famous Banh mi which was very delicious too.
Vietnam’s coffee is rich and aromatic in flavor. I really think that Vietnam is very blessed to have known as one of the best destinations in Asia with excellent coffee varieties. Their traditional preparation of coffee is amazing and gives more value to every cup they serve; from mild, rich, strong and not too strong coffee flavor. I am guessing that all these emanated from Vietnamese customs and culture just like in any country.
In general, did you know that coffee is believed to have many health benefits? Such as,
- Reduces depression
- Lowers risk of Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia
- Lowers risk of Parkinson’s disease
- Lowers risk of heart disease
- Reduces pain
- Lowers risk of type 2 diabetes
- Improves energy level
- Helps burn fats
- Helps protect liver
- Lowers risk of some types of cancer
The pursuit of coffee adventure starts when you speak with the locals who know better where great coffee places are. Don’t plan too much. Just get there. Walk in the streets. Learn to be carefree. Connect with the locals. Have fun and share some!