Date Traveled, February 2013
If you would rather not be surprised with what you consume, be a little wary in Hanoi's old quarter. We were meandering around the old quarter aimlessly when we passed by a little coffee store called Tour Cafe on Hang Buom street. We stopped to take a look because it did look interesting with different aromas when the attendant who had just finished with another tourist who seemed to have purchased quite a bit of coffee, came out to greet us and insisted we enter. We were promptly given a small cup of Vietnamese coffee and again she insisted that we try it. Coffee store, free sample, suspected nothing and we enjoyed a really good cup of tasty Vietnamese Coffee...not a coffee connoisseur or anything but I thought it tasted really good.
Next we receive a handout below shown below...
Weasel Coffee, informed after we tasted it.
Weasel coffee...I had heard of these kinds of coffees before where rodent like thingies eat the beans and flavor it up in their internal tracts and I had tasted my first kind of such coffee and was pretty thrilled, I also knew I had a good story to tell! I would give a lot to see the look on some other person who is perhaps less than comfortable after learning what they just drank =D.
The girl says the basic bag of coffee cost 250,000 Dong but she would give it to me for 200,000 Dong. I took her offer and got about 250 grams of coffee ground right at the store in front of me, I had to show this back home and did share some around. Regular coffee drinkers all agreed it was very good, so that's several people vouching for it, but I haven't fooled anyone yet by making them try it first. Especially not when I took it to the office as I do need to remain employed still but it was a good story and the coffee and handout elicited priceless reactions nonetheless.