Taste of the Central Highlands in Kon Tum coffee

[Tin Kon Tum] – I don’t dare claim to be a coffee connoisseur, but I believe I am a fan of that enchanting drink. For me, the morning can only start with a cup of black coffee, sipping that charming flavor, feeling strangely alert and also passionately ecstatic. Like vaguely searching for ancient memories, like seeing the aftertaste of memories lingering somewhere, like reaching out to touch the sweet past,…

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Saigon has flat cafes, iced cafes, three-story cafes… Hanoi is famous for Nhan cafe, egg cafe, Trinh music cafe,… When I was studying in Hanoi, I liked going to Trinh Nhac cafes because of the small and warm space. On a cold winter evening, listen to a Trinh music concert, drink a cup of exquisite coffee here, feel the relaxation and peace in your soul. However, when I had a cup of Hanoi coffee in my hand, I remembered the Kon Tum Mountain Town coffee very much, and then came up with a strange comparison: Hanoi coffee is an arrogant and classy girl, prepared too carefully. So… the typical flavor of pure coffee is lost. On the contrary, Kon Tum Mountain Town Coffee is truly a mountain girl, innocent and naive, not paying too much attention to every detail, so the cup of coffee is very rich, retaining its wild charm. I remember the blend between the hard bitter taste and the soft sweetness, sipping my lips a little, feeling the coffee taste flowing smoothly from my lips, to my tongue, down to my neck, a little bit and then I want to sip more, sip more. … Makes tourists who have enjoyed it once (like me) become overwhelmed with excitement, and when they drink coffee elsewhere, they only focus on comparing it with Mountain Street coffee… However, there is one thing I don’t like. it can be denied: “Delicious drinks must have a beautiful space”. It is true that people can sit and drink coffee at roadside shops or on cramped sidewalks and still find delicious coffee. But to feel all the wonderful flavors and get to the essence of Mountain City coffee, you must definitely go to a place with a space rich in the colors of the Central Highlands, which is Eva cafe and Adam – Eva cafe, located on the same street. Phan Chu Trinh, in the heart of Kon Tum city.

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I stepped onto Kon Tum Mountain Town on a cold winter afternoon, clusters of bright yellow chrysanthemum flowers along the path, as if wanting to hold on to a bit of the warm afternoon sunlight. My friend took me to Eva cafe with a grand introduction: “One of the 10 most beautiful cafes in Vietnam, and also one of the best coffee shops in Vietnam”. And indeed, Eva cafe did not disappoint me at all right from the moment I saw the gate with its unique, dark brown, old design. Stepping inside, I was immediately overwhelmed with the wild mountain air, the sound of gurgling streams, the pleasant sound of water instruments, the chirping of birds,… Then came the rich collection of tomb statues of all kinds. expressive nuances, tools in the life of the Bana ethnic people… All have been arranged by the talented hands of artist Ngoc An – the shop owner, creating an impressive, harmonious garden in a green space. taciturn. Eva’s unique highlight is the Bana fire, which is always warm and smoldering throughout the four seasons. On top of that was an aluminum tea kettle covered in boiling black soot. I stood hesitantly next to the fire for a long time, as if imagining the majestic mountains and forests surrounding the stilt houses of Bana. Choosing a seat in the corner of the shop, next to a small stream gurgling day and night, and the sound of gongs clanging, I ordered my first cup of black coffee on Mountain Street. The cup of coffee was brought out, with the filter still intact, the cup with a solid black color, not the ready-made coffee cup I often see in Hanoi. The shop owner said that Eva coffee cup is not only selected from good ingredients. but also mixed in certain proportions to achieve standard consistency and attractive flavor. Sipping a little taste of the Central Highlands, I realized: coffee is not a gentle pleasure for times of serenity like tea, nor is it a strong and violent drink for times of fierce mood like wine. In a peaceful moment, I look at a cup of coffee as a bridge connecting life’s emotions. When I’m in that mood, I look at a cup of coffee full of torment as a song with the saddest, most melancholy notes. But when the call of the Cultist rang out, I was silently absorbed in a cup of coffee, I saw it as the most terrible spell, how easy was it to get rid of? My heart sank in front of a cup of Eva coffee, in front of a wild, innocent “miniature Central Highlands”, filled with the sound of flowing streams and the rhythm of swinging gongs.

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Many years later, returning to Kon Tum Mountain Town on a bright sunny June day, I still wanted to go to Eva cafe to immerse myself in the sacred mountain atmosphere, but this time, you took me to Adam cafe – Eva is not far away. It’s still the Central Highlands space, but here it has a majestic appearance, not a “small garden” like Eva. The shop owner skillfully arranged and decorated the Adam-Eve space with countless large and small statues illustrating the daily activities and spiritual life of mountain people. Each statue has a time stamp and mood. lively alone. The space in Adam & Eve is large, airy and shady with green trees, which seems to soften the June sun so much. Turning my steps and going deep into the shop, I was able to admire with delight the beauty of the meticulously cared for bonsai trees, the elaborate pruning and design with many unique ideas of the owner with an artistic soul. The soul of the Central Highlands appears in every tree that is decades old, whispering the call of the mountains and forests…In the stilt house built in the middle of the shop, I sat quietly admiring the beautiful walls of small purple flowers, next to the cool waterfall. , waiting for each drop of coffee to fall, sparkling black. It’s still a cup of coffee in the middle of the majestic mountains and forests of the Central Highlands, but the coffee flavor here is a bit dull, not completely rich and sweet. Touching my lips with the first drops, I winced slightly in surprise, but by the second and third touches, I seemed to accept that the sweet taste seemed to have… its own charm, blending very well. Reasonable with strong bitter taste and sweet taste.

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Losing my soul to the seductive scent of a cup of coffee, my heart is filled with strange feelings… I remember Coffee Philosophy”Do not reheat coffee. Because if reheated, the coffee will lose all its flavor and cause a bitter taste. Delicious drinks and an unpleasant smell.” That is the basic and most important principle for every person who falls in love with this enchanting drink. Life is probably the same. Reheating coffee is like thinking too much about the past. Many people are living in today but their minds are still looking forward to the past. They regret, they look forever at a long-distance love or miss someone but forget that – those things only bring boredom and discomfort and even cause pain to themselves. never mind. The past is the past, don’t bring it up again, it’s better to live in the present… Over a cup of coffee, life resonates with that.

Returning to the bustling city, my heart still cannot help but miss the charming and enchanting flavor of a cup of coffee in the mountains and forests of the Central Highlands. I know that my heart has given a part of my love to the mountain town of Kon Tum. , memories as sweet as the aftertaste left when drops of coffee melt into every sensory cell…

Ha Oanh