May 03 2011

Hidden gems: Indigenous

Published by at 10:52 am under Food,Shopping

I was cycling along Au Trieu today, next to St Joseph’s Cathedral, and was compelled to walk into a shop that I’ve seen before but have never really registered. The shop is called Indigenous and I was drawn in by the shiny packets of coffee. I’m not a coffee drinker but I think Vietnamese coffee makes a decent gift to take back home — a change from lacquer bowls that end up in the back of a cupboard — so was intrigued to see what was on offer.

Indigenous from the street

Caffeine addicts, beware!

Indigenous sources its coffee from Quang Tri province in north-central Vietnam and sells arabica and a mix of arabica and robusta — both quite strong from what the very friendly proprietor told me. Their cooperative was established by a programme set up by the Ford Foundation and is UTZ certified. They work with around 100 farmers and limit production to maintain quality.

Tea and coffee display

There goes the spare space in your backpack.

As well as the coffee — sold as beans and ground — they also stock a “famous” green tea and plenty of attractive tea and coffee paraphernalia as well as bowls, plates and so on. If you don’t want to buy the dry stuff, you can also buy a coffee there to drink on the stools outside or to take away.

They serve a range of coffees

They serve a range of coffees.

In addition to the tea and coffee side of things, Indigenous also sells a small range of other gifts. Some are similar to those you will see elsewhere in Hanoi but I really loved the fabric turtles and crabs. They come in different colours and sizes and are reasonably priced.

Very cute turtles and crabs

Very cute turtles and crabs

All in all I thought the shop offered some unique gifts in a pleasant environment, and when I eventually get the taste for coffee I will definitely go back and try a latte.

36 Au Trieu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3938 1263/(0977) 799 911

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3 Responses to “Hidden gems: Indigenous”

  1. Lukeon 15 May 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Great little coffee shop and they deserve the support. I rate it as the best coffee in the old quarter and often find myself there a couple times each day! :)

  2. Alexon 10 Jun 2011 at 11:38 am

    I have just learned that the fair trade coffee Indigenous sells, Oriberry Coffee, have now opened a cute little shop over on Ma May, Hoan Kiem. I went with some friends before heading upstairs to the Green Gecko for a lunch. The iced latte I had was certainly the best I’ve had so far since my arrival in Hanoi, and I suspect I will become an Oriberry regular, just as I am at Indigenous!

  3. Phuongon 07 Feb 2012 at 3:41 pm

    This shop has been re-arranged in new style. The coffee package was also changed into new design. More products and more introduction about small producers in Vietnam presented.
    Here they are:

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