Coffee production has been a major source of income for Vietnam since the early 20th century.
First introduced by the French in 1857, the Vietnamese coffee industry developed through the plantation system, becoming a major economic force in the country.
After the long war, the government, supported by development agencies, launched a vast coffee-growing programme in the region to help put the country on the road to recovery.
Its success has been astonishing. Vietnam is the second largest producer after Brazil, accounting for 14.3 per cent of the world market share.