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Vietnam's first museum of coffee opens

Ban Me Thuot: Vietnam's new museum of coffee has opened in Ban Me Thuot city, in the central highlands of Vietnam.

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The museum's main buildings are inspired by the long house of local Rade ethnic minority people. It comprise of five curving long houses with high A shaped roofs.
This architechture is a tribute to the Rade, who are the major labour force in coffee plantation through out the central highlands.
The museum displays take visitors on a complete journey from how the plant is cultivated to the bean roasting process then to the eventual hot cup of coffee on the table.
Over ten thousand objects exhibited in the museum have been collected from around the world, with majority of them from German Jens Burg coffee museum in Hamburg.
They range from century old coffee grinding machines to sets of antique serving pots and cups from Turkey.
The museum also featured utensils that are used by the local people in coffee cultivation.
After visiting the displays, visitors can rest at the museum cafe shop, where different styles of coffee can be found on the menu.
The museum was created by Trung Nguyen Legend Group, Vietnam's leading coffee producer.
Deputy director of Trung Nguyen Legend Group, Pham Thi Diep Giang says it is designed to be a place for locals as well as tourists.
"The museum is designed to be an open space for everyone, including farmers working in fields of coffee. It is the place where people can come and learn about coffee and share their knowledge and experiences. We will organize many weekly activities at the museum such as agricultural farmers' market to introduce local produces or workshop for incentives and trainings about works involving in the coffee industry."
Coffee was introduced into Vietnam by the French during the colonial era in the 19th century.
"Going to the museum, visitors can taste coffee of various flavours and they can also learn about coffee and stories behind different coffee cultures. It will give visitors a deeper knowlege about coffee, about the simple beverage they drink everyday." says Pham Thi Diep Giang.
"I don't know much about other coffee cultures. I only drink the local coffee. So I visit the museum to experience other coffee styles" says visitor Doan Trung Kien.
Vietnam is the world largest exporter of robusta beans, which is mainly used for instant coffee production.
2016's trade figure show that Vietnam exported 1.8 million tonnes of coffee, accounting for almost one fifth of the global coffee market.
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