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For anyone who was enjoying a bit of T.V. a few sundays ago, you might have happened upon BBC Two's "The Coffee Trail" with the writer and traveller Simon Reeve. For those of you who didn't catch it, but are still interested in what it was all about, have no fear! We plan to have a look at some of the subjects covered in it, which we'll explain briefly below. For those of you who didn't catch it and aren't the slightest bit interested, look away now.

Monday- Coffee in the central highlands: Vietnam's central highlands were first identified as a potential place to grow coffee by French colonials, who were looking for land to grow cash crops  along with other European nations at the time. Areas of the highlands saw heavy fighting during the Vietnam war, the relics of which still cause issues for farmers to this day.

Tuesday- Coffee farming in Vietnam: Following the end of the Vietnam war, the government encouraged the growth of coffee as a means to rebuild the country's damaged economy. After switching to a privatised coffee industry, Vietnam saw massive growth. Their over reliance on coffee could result in devastation to their growing regions and economy in the long run, however.

Wednesday- Chairman Vu: Known as Chairman Vu, Dang Le Nguyen Vu is the owner of the Vietnamese coffee company Trung Nguyen, the country's largest. Starting out from scratch, Vu has become one of the most successful businessmen in Vietnam.

Thursday- Ca Phe: Before the relatively recent appearance of coffee in the country, Vietnam's favoured beverage was tea. The Vietnamese have taken to coffee quickly though, and like any other country have their own speciality: ca phe trung, or egg coffee.

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