Coffee harvesting season of Kon Tum – Vietnam central highlands

In the last two months of the year, people in Dak Ha district busily harvest ripe and red coffee beans.


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Dak Ha district is one of the best coffee growing regions in Vietnam, located about 20 km north of the center of Kon Tum city, along Highway 14. (Photo: VN Express)
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Considered as the “capital of coffee” in Kon Tum, Dak Ha has an area of over 9,000 hectares of coffee fields. Most farmers grow coffee due to the suitability of the climate and soil. November, December is the harvest season here. However, this year, due to the influence of storms in November, the water level in the Dak Pxi River has risen, therefore, some households have harvested early to prevent fruit from falling. (Photo: VN Express)
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Besides unfavorable weather conditions, people are still optimistic about the harvesting season. Early in the morning, the farmers drive a farm truck, bringing tarpaulins, food, and drinking water to the coffee garden. They stretched the large tarpaulins around the base of coffee trees to catch the fruits when they fall from the branches. With tall coffee trees, they have to use chairs or climb trees to pick up the fruits. The work usually lasts for an hour. When the tarpaulins are covered with coffee beans, the farmers gathered the bean in bags. (Photo: VN Express)
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This photo captures the ripe red coffee beans on a branch. The fresh red ripe coffee bean flavor usually attracts monkeys to foraging. (Photo: VN Express)
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Coffee brings high economic value, contributing to job creation and improving the lives of people here. Dak Ha coffee is famous for having strong caffeine content and bold taste. The purity has made the name and imprint of Dak Ha coffee in the domestic and foreign market. (Photo: VN Express)
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Nguyen Ngoc Thai, the photographer who took this photo set, is also a coffee garden owner. This photo set was taken in his hometown, Dak Ha. (Photo: VN Express)
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In June 2020, Dak Ha Coffee received the certificate of geographical indications protection. Accordingly, the geographical area of Dak Ha coffee is located at an altitude of 523-875 m above sea level, including 11 communes and towns of Dak Mar, Ngok Wang, Ha Mon, Dak Ui, Dak La, Dak Long. , Dak Psi, Dak Ngok, Ngok Reo, Dak Hring, and Dak Ha. (Photo: VN Express)
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At the end of the working day, the farm truck carried the bags of coffee along the small roads between the garden and the field bank and went home. Sacks of fresh coffee are transported to the gathering place. Every house has a drying yard. On the peak days of the harvest season, people also take advantage of any space to dry the coffee beans. (Photo: VN Express)
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“For coffee growers in Dak Ha district, the coffee harvest season is bustling, but also hard and challenging. The harvesting day is also an opportunity for young people to come to experience, to take photos and record videos about the work” said Thai, the photographer. (Photo: VN Express)
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People rake and dry coffee under the sun. Depending on weather conditions, drying time can take around 7 days. (Photo: VN Express)
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When there are not enough sunrays, many households apply the method of drying coffee with a drying oven, which helps them to save more time. (Photo: VN Express)
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The dried coffee fruit is mechanically rubbed to remove the outer shell and finally stored in sacks, placed in a cool, dry place and wait until roasting time. (Photo: VN Express)