Hanoi (VNA) – Italian coffee producers highly
evaluated Vietnamese coffee beans as they are essential ingredients of their
products, Mario Vicentini from Comunicaffe International, an Italian daily
newspaper about coffee, told Vietnam News Agency reporters at Milano Coffee
Vietnamese Robusta coffee beans are of high quality that
meets strict requirements of Italian coffee producers, he said, noting that
Italian producers import raw coffee from Vietnam for the production of coffee
products which will be supplied to both Italian and foreign markets. Italy has
more than 1,000 coffee factories and all of them have known about Vietnamese
Federico Colombo, an Italian businessperson operating in
the field of import-export, sharing the view, saying that high-quality Robusta
coffee from Vietnam is very popular in the Italian market.
The Milano Coffee Festival is being held in Italy from
May 19 – 21, gathering the world’s leading coffee makers, including Vietnam.
Visitors to the festival are not only able to have a
taste of the world’s most popular coffee products from many countries but also
get to know the processes to produce and make coffee of different cultures.
This year, Vietnam brings to the festival Robusta and Arabica raw coffee beans
and several Vietnamese processed coffee products.
According to Nguyen Duc Thanh, Trade Counsellor of the
Embassy of Vietnam in Italy, Vietnam exported 3.2 billion USD worth of coffee
in 2017, an increase of 34 percent from a year earlier. The country has
remained the world’s second largest coffee producer for years, behind Brazil.
Italy is the country’s third biggest buyers, just behind the
United States and Germany. Last year, Italy purchased 274 million USD worth of
coffee from Vietnam, up 30 percent year on year and accounting for 8.5 percent
of Vietnam’s total exports.
Vietnam plans to step up coffee marketing in 2018 and the
following years to ship more raw and processed coffee to Italy.-VNA