World Coffee Museum: the museum in the heart of coffee plantations in Vietnam


The fact that the World Coffee Museum is located in the Buon Ma Thuot area of Vietnam is by no means a coincidence. Vietnam’s coffee tradition has very ancient origins, so much so that, after Brazil, this country ranks second in the world for coffee exports.

In fact, according to data from the International Coffee Organization, it appears that Vietnam exports about two thousand tons of coffee each year, and the largest importers are Germany and the United States.

At the World Coffee Museum, tradition meets modernity.

The multinational company that strongly wanted the project chose Buon Ma Thuot, in the Dak Lak region, as the coffee capital because of its high productivity rate.

Despite being housed in buildings typical of Vietnamese tradition, the museum has a strong international outlook and is marked by a very modern design.

In an area of 10 thousand square meters, we find three galleries for exhibitions, a bistro, an events area, a library, and an area dedicated to educational workshops. The ceilings are very high, and the large windows illuminate each room with beautiful, natural light, allowing glimpses of the greenery outside.

Activities, layout and collections of the Vietnamese Museum

As stated by its curator, Italian Chiara Isadora Artico, the main goal of the museum is to tell the story of coffee’s origins and history as milestones in human growth. Tools, handicrafts, and ancient and modern machinery are displayed in the large halls, reaching over 10,000 pieces.

Visitors who enter the museum are immediately immersed in the history of coffee, without any physical distance or delimitation, thanks to the decision not to enclose the objects in classic glass cases.

The museum wants to engage the visitor to such an extent that it has introduced a sensory path that allows visitors to learn about every aspect of coffee using all five senses.

World Coffee Museum workshops.

The area designated for workshop activities is designed to entertain adults and children, with the aim of engaging the visitor’s senses.

Among many activities, visitors can listen to the sound of ancient leather drums and touch the volcanic soil of Vietnam, which is very important for the growth of coffee plantations. They can also smell the blends and fragrances of different qualities of coffee produced in the territory.

Would you like to learn more? On its website now, the museum offers a virtual tour, so you can explore the ancient origins of coffee wherever you are in the world.