If you’re a coffee fanatic and traveled to Hanoi in recent times, you’ve probably found the specialty coffee scene a little barren.
There are coffee shops everywhere you look.
But most of them are selling traditional Vietnamese filtered coffee which appears to have tin teacups and saucers on top of mugs.
They slowly drip coffee with the viscosity of mud. Usually, it’s so bitter that the coffee shop owners use sweetened milk to mask its intense flavor.
Although Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world, specialty coffee isn’t as available as you would have expected.
However, the appreciation for craft coffee is growing and a scene is emerging in the heart of Hanoi.
Few shops now serve all your favorite pour over V6, Aeropress, and Siphon brew styles and that’s just the beginning.
Most of this interest comes from Vietnamese students who discovered the art of coffee brewing while studying abroad.
Escaping the heat and smokey season of Chiang Mai, Thailand for the months of April and May, Hanoi was the chosen destination to work from over that period.
This gave me the opportunity to get under the skin of the coffee culture of Vietnam to find what specialty coffee gems are emerging.
Below is my list of the best Specialty Coffee Shops I discovered.
KafeVille was the first specialty coffee house I found in Hanoi. Coincidentally, the Tay Ho Times featured it for the month of March.
Binh, the owner of KafeVille, is very passionate about producing quality coffee.
He pays particular attention to his serving technique.
What surprised me the most was the specialty coffee bean varieties he offered.
The first Pour Over coffee I drank was from the African nation of Burundi, it was the first time I’ve tried coffee from that country.
It was a unique experience as I was unaware Burundi was a coffee-growing region, although it’s their largest export.
What I love about the coffee industry is there’s always something new to learn and discover.
Getting back to the coffee, the flavor and aroma of the pour over were outstanding
Equally as impressive is their Latte Barista, who is passionate about producing drinkable latte-art cups of coffee.
I spent most of the two months of my time in Hanoi working from here. Binh here is staff are friendly, and knowledgeable about specialty coffee.
KafeVille also sells roasted beans starting at 100 grams lots.
If you travel like me and can’t do without a specialty brew in the morning, you can purchase them.
They usually roast their beans every few days as during April/May/June as this time of year is humid in Hanoi. Moreover, Binh prefers to protect his beans from the mold.