Vietnamese Farmer Turns Side Hustle Into World-Class Specialty Coffee Plantation


Nguyen Van Son, 58, is proud to have coffee aficionados from all over the world drop by his plantation on field trips and friendly tours.

Son’s coffee beans are of the highest grade, surprising even the judges from the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), a nonprofit organization that represents thousands of coffee professionals across the globe.

They did not expect such quality beans from a plantation in Vietnam.

Son’s choice of coffee as a lucrative business was not planned.

Twenty years ago, he was a motorbike parts store owner who planted around 2,000 orchids in his own garden as a hobby.

Needing money to pay the two gardeners he hired, Son decided to grow some coffee plants as a way to make an extra earning.

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