Coffee Tour at K’ho Coffee Farm
About this experience
The French first introduced coffee to Vietnam in the mid-19th century. Yet in recent years, the Vietnamese have turned it into a drink of their own, with the morning cup of ca- phe becoming a local habit. First grown in northern Vietnam, coffee trees were then expanded into Tay Nguyen in the Central Highlands region, and on into the southeast.
The Central Highlands region is blessed with fertile basalt-rich earth and a climate that enables coffee plants to thrive, and thus has become famous as the ‘Kingdom of Coffee’, earning Vietnam second place among the world’s top coffee exporters. Much of this was thanks to the hardy Robusta coffee tree, which is easier to grow at lower altitudes and produces larger beans with more caffeine, thus often used for instant coffee and low-quality blends. It also makes up more than 96% of Vietnam’s coffee crops.
Beneath the giant that is the Vietnamese Robusta industry, there are still dedicated coffee growers working persistently to introduce quality Vietnamese Arabica to the world with passion and commitment. Located in the Lambiang area just outside of Da Lat, this community of K’ho ethnic people has some of the oldest Arabica trees brought to Vietnam during French colonial period.
- Learn about the history of coffee in Vietnam and different kinds of coffee
- Know how a cup of coffee is made from seeds to table
- Try different ways of brewing coffee with different types of coffee
- Bring home a sample of fresh roasted beans as a gift of K’ho hospitality
- Trek in the buffer zone of Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park to see with your own eyes how Arabica coffee trees are grown in a sustainable way (full-day tour)
- Have a picnic lunch in the forest (full-day tour)
Your positive contribution
Sustainable coffee farming and poverty alleviation
Coffee drinkers the world over may not know this, but they mostly drink Vietnamese Robusta either in self-brewed coffee or in instant coffee. Robusta tree is easier to grow at lower altitudes and produces larger beans with more caffeine. Arabica, therefore, has been underrepresented in terms of taste and value.
Alongside the boom in coffee production, there have also been significant downsides: deforestation, soil exhaustion, and exploitation of farmers. This 4th generation family-run farm has found a way to not only revive their heirloom Arabica but also to combine with more environmentally friendly growing methods. The close-knit bonding among community members helps ensure the highest quality of Arabica coffee as a means to increase value and revenue for all farmers in the cooperative. The profits are now really put back to the hands of hard-working growers.
In this half day workshop, you will learn all about the coffee process from tree to cup: Start the morning with a freshly brewed cup and try the traditional methods of coffee processing and grading, participate in hands on coffee sample roasting and cupping to taste the various coffees.
* Price: $35/pax.
You will meet at the farm at 8:00 am to start the tour with a freshly brewed cup while looking out to the green hills cover with coffee trees and listening to the story of the land and people here.
Next, learn some basic knowledge from coffee growers expertise to from growing to harvesting and processing. You will appreciate every coffee drop as well as find it more tasty knowing how much work is put in producing your daily dose of caffeine.
The most exciting outcome of the experience is roasting your coffee sample and cupping to taste various coffees grown in the farm. Tour ends after lunch and you will leave happily with a sample of freshly roasted beans.
✓ English speaking coffee grower to be your guide
✓ All-you-can-drink coffee
✓ Lunch (or picnic lunch for full-day tour)
✓ A sample of fresh roasted beans
✓ A mountain hike in the national park
✘ Transportation to the farm and vice versa
✘ Personal expense
✘ Full package coffee beans / grounded coffee
- Starting time: 8.00 a.m
- Meeting point: a pinpoint of exact location will be sent with our confirmation email.
- What to bring:
- We encourage our guests to bring reusable bottles to fill drinking water (provided) during their stay in the village
What's the weather like?
Sitting on a beautiful valley of Langbiang mountain, Dalat has one of the most stable weather conditions among Vietnam destinations. At 1500m height compared with sea level, Dalat enjoys a cool climate all year round, though the temperature rises slightly during the summer months from May to August and drops to a chilly point at night. Humidity is high, though nothing compared with lowland cities or coastal provinces.
The stable weather means that any time can be an excellent time to visit Dalat. However, try to avoid June-August since this is the peak season for domestic tourism, when city-dwellers from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city look for an escape from the heat and household chores. These months are also the period when rain falls the most.
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