The Gist
  • Vietnam is the second largest coffee exporter in the world, but the local market sees plenty of fake coffee being served all over the country
  • Fake coffee was invented due to the lack of the real stuff in the period of mid-20th century hardships
  • Fake coffee is typically made of a small percentage of real coffee, roasted soybeans, cornmeal, and a variety of additives (both natural and chemical)
  • Drinking fake coffee on a daily basis may lead to some health problems
  • The easiest way to differentiate is by taste – real black coffee is always bitter and a bit sour, whereas the fake one is slightly sweet
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