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Vietnamese Coffee Couture
It was hot. And humid. And we walked to the Ho Chi MInh museum only to find out that it did not open for an more a couple hours. Instead of walking back to our hotel, we found the first cafe we stumbled upon near the Dragon House (Nha Long) Wharf and Saigon River. It was air conditioned. Vietnamese coffee is prepared differently; by dripping hot water through ground coffee in a filter that sits over a cup. They are also keen on sweetened condensed milk which, on this day, tasted absolutely delicious over ice. I had two. We arrived in Saigon on the day the first Starbucks opened in Vietnam. The owner of Trung Nguyên, Vietnam's biggest coffee franchise (and the brand on the label in this photo) had several press statements to make about the American giant coming to Vietnam and eventually countered by announcing that his company would open a store in Seattle.
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