May 8, 2024

Coffee Prices Increase as Vietnam Farmers Switch to Durian

Koji Nozawa and Yuji Nitta, on Nikkei Asia:

Vietnam ranks as the world’s second-largest producer of coffee beans and the largest robusta producer. But many farmers in the country are shifting instead to durian, a fruit known for its thorny appearance, sweet taste and pungent odor.

Recall that Durians are prohibited on the Singapore metro — that’s how bad they smell. I would feel much more comfortable if they were replacing coffee with mangoes. Such a culture clash.


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