Like everywhere else on earth, Hoi An in central Vietnam is going coffee crazy. The streets are suddenly filling with little and large coffee houses. There’s been a dramatic change in twelve months. This morning, I headed into a little alley just outside the old town, to The Espresso Station. I wanted to meet a young guy called Trung, who, a year after opening, has already built a reputation for some of the best coffee around town. Trung ditched his job in tourism to open his own coffee shop. Now he’s roasting on-site too. While chatting with Trung, an old lady emerged from the traditional Hoi An house that he’s transformed into his cafe. I asked if she was his landlord? He replied yes. And his grandmother. Turns out Ba Nham has lived in the house since her birth 86 year ago. That’s a lot of Hoi An history in one woman. And it gives Trung’s place a connection to Hoi An that more recent arrivals will struggle to match. Trung’s a friendly host and the Dalat coffee’s good too. If you're lucky, you might get to meet Ba Nham as well.
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