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Giving Vietnamese Coffee Its Due In America


In late 2016, after a stint in Cambodia wrapping up her latest documentary, Deported, filmmaker and entrepreneur Sahra Vang Nguyen stopped in Vietnam to visit family—and to meet with a coffee producer. The daughter of Vietnamese refugees who fled their country by boat after the Vietnam War, Nguyen was disappointed by how the American specialty coffee industry consistently snubbed beans grown in Vietnam. Even at fancy “third-wave” cafes in the U.S., if Nguyen ordered cà phê sữa đá, an iced coffee and condensed milk drink more popularly known as “Vietnamese iced coffee,” she felt that any cultural representation had been washed away.

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