2nd March – Da Lat to Mui Ne – 1001 Hotel Weasel day Silk warms

So with little objection we all agreed to a western style breakfast and paid a visit to LENS a well known local French joint which did lovely pancakes and more !!

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We visited the well known Weasal coffee plantation

Weasels are listed as carnivores but they are into eating ripen coffee berries when the harvest season comes. Such a wonderful gift from Mother Nature that weasels itself has an instinct of finding the sweetest and ripest coffee berries to eat. They climbed from trees to trees, looking for the best and perfectly ripe berries to “consume”. It’s not came out of the blue that farmers use this particular trait of the weasels as a sign of harvest perfect timing.

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They pick the best coffee berries to eat, even if the farmer pick it for them, they only eat the best among those berries

This special animal always chose the best coffee berries to eat, they leave behind yellowish berries, unyielding berries, over-ripe berries… only pick up the best one. Unlike the rodents that eat the fruit’s flesh and trigger off its seeds, weasel just slightly chew the flesh and swallow the rest including the fruit’s seeds, this is the way weasel coffee is made.

The history of Weasel coffee in Vietnam started thousand years ago. Following the French invasion at the 1800s, coffee was introduced in Vietnam, but the source of coffee back then was limited therefore it was considered as a luxury good, only the French colonists along with Nguyen dynasty’s nobles could have the right to drink it. Farmers, who were the one making coffee in contrast, had no chance to enjoy their work. They were forbidden from consuming coffee therefore the one and only way to drink coffee is to pick up Weasel poops, which was a block of coffee beans sticking together. They then realized this type of “poop coffee” was way more aromatic than the usual one that was served for the colonists, also the coffee taste was smoother and less bitter. These farmers discovered another strange feature of Weasel coffee while grinding it is that the coffee beans were perfectly protected by a thin silk pellicle, even before processing and still stick in the form of Weasel poop, they realized that the thin layers developed by the Weasels enzyme made coffee unharmed and fermented by the surrounding environment.

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After the economic transformation in the middle of the 1900s, people chopped down trees to create crops, buildings, living area, transplants … to boost up national economic which was vastly influenced by the wars, the habitat of weasels therefore vastly influenced, too, coffee farmers no longer encounter weasels at their farm as well as its “lovely tiny” poops. To preserve the old good coffee as well as the Weasel species from the modernizing flow, coffee planters gathered weasels in wild life into their farm and feed them with perfectly ripe coffee berries along with many others fruits and meat or fish, because however Weasel is a Carnivore animal. Weasel coffee farm was initially created this way.

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Vietnamese coffee is famous for its sweetened condensed milk, as it should be. Thick, dreamy and yes, incredibly sugary, sweetened condensed milk is the perfect counterbalance for the incredibly strong, dark-roasted Vietnamese coffee. If you’re dubious about the merits of sweetened condensed milk in coffee, spending even just a few hours in Vietnam will change your mind. It hits all the right notes, and once you get into it, you’ll never want to go back.

Whether it’s served hot or iced, coffee will come with sweetened condensed milk in Vietnam almost without exception. If you don’t specify, your coffee will come with a layer of the good stuff in the bottom of the mug or glass, and if you ask for coffee with milk, you’ll get the sweetened condensed kind — not “fresh milk,” as it’s labeled in some places. If you ask for coffee without milk, you may get some stares, and you’ll probably end up with black coffee mixed with a ton of sugar. The coffee is so strong and bitter, a lot of Vietnamese people will think you’re nuts for drinking it straight.

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Also we visited a silk farm

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The warms weaves a cocoon

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Once the cocoon is finished the silk egg is boiled this kills the lava
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And the cocoon is unwound onto a reel ready to be colored and used to make cloths.

 

We stopped for a quick Pho ga chicken  soup lunch

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Then continued onto MUI NE stopping to take in the view

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We arrived into MUI NE which is where we were lucky to come back to after the trip!

Mũi Né is a coastal fishing town in the Bình Thuận Province of Vietnam. The town, with approximately 25,000 residents is a ward of the city of Phan Thiết. Mui Ne and the other wards of Phan Thiet that stretch along the coast for approximately 50 kilometers have been transformed into a resort destination since the mid 1990s, when many visited the area to view the solar eclipse of October 24, 1995. Most notably, tourism has developed in the area from the city center to Mũi Né, which has more than a hundred beach resorts, as well as restaurants, bars, shops and cafes.

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Dinner was in a food court which had a large variety of kitchens to choose from so the choices were varied from Italian Indian local Mexican and bangers and mash !

but here are some pictures from outside the court

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