The story behind
As the world’s largest producer of Robusta, Vietnam is not generally considered an origin with high quality coffee. But that is hardly the case. Cau Dat, in the province of Da Lat in the central to southeastern part of the country, grows significant amounts of specialty coffee, and we are one of the only specialty importers sourcing it who have quality controls in place over the entire supply chain.
Vietnam is a country of smallholder farms, averaging 1-3 hectares, and famers do not process their own coffee here but instead sell red cherry to wet mills, who process the coffee for export. Mercon operates several wet mills in Da Lat and has established strong quality programs at each of them. All the Lotus coffee Mercon Specialty imports comes from our LIFT partners. There are about 100 LIFT farmers in Da Lat, about 30 of whom are women owned and managed. These producers receive technical assistance, free of charge, from agronomists to help improve quality across the entire supply chain.
Lotus Anaerobic is grown at an altitude of 1400-1600 masl, and the region is characterized by year-round cool weather and volcanic soil. Coffee has been growing in Caudat since the mid-1850’s when it was introduced by the French. It has since been cultivated by Vietnamese farmers and the region is known for being the among the highest quality arabica in the country.
This lot is an anaerobic processed lot. Rather than washing, fermenting, and drying like a standard washed coffee, this lot was pulped, washed, and then spends a day in an anaerobic environment. This allows the coffee flavors to mature without outside influence. After the anaerobic process, the wet parchment is dried on raised beds in our purpose-built greenhouse. Once dry, the coffee is stored in a climate-controlled warehouse to protect the delicate coffee from the harsh Vietnam climate prior to shipping.
Anaerobic processing is a relatively new in Vietnam, and results in brighter, more complex acidity and flavors.Request a Quote or Sample