While in Vietnam, you will frequently hear that Vietnam is the #1 coffee producer in the world. This is a bit misleading. Vietnam is actually the second largest coffee-producing country in the world after Brazil, but they export more Robusta beans than any other country. Brazil exports more Arabica beans. All of this came as a surprise to me, as I had never thought of Vietnam as a “coffee country.” Being from North America, when I think “coffee”, I think of Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, etc. But in Vietnam, the coffee industry employs more than two million people and has helped Vietnamese people rise out of poverty. The central highlands, where I did my motorcycle tour, is the coffee capital of Vietnam because the majority of the plants are grown in this region.