Cafe Mai

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HMKaren
Los Angeles, CA895 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Cafe Mai sells the most amazing coffee beans! I bought several bags so I can keep enjoying the fabulous coffee of Hanoi right here at home. The shop is right in the middle of town, easy to find. They vacuum seal the beans to help them stay fresh. They're more expensive than some of the other beans I brought home, but the flavor is worth the extra cost. This coffee is fantastic! They even have two cute kitty cats.
Written December 10, 2023
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Lance-Travellot
Manchester, NH946 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
A truly local multi-story coffee shop hang-out. No air-conditioning, rickety stairs, dipilated furniture. But comes with latest cable TV on LCD TV, and super-fast free Wi-Fi.

This place is just around the corner from my office in Hanoi, and I never visited until a local buddy dragged me down there.

It sells coffee, tea, cakes, snacks, and freshly in-house roasted coffee beans. The most famous being the civet coffee or weasel Coffee" Also known locally as "cà phê Chồn." Went up to the 2nd floor and ordered 2 cups (as the servings are very small), one hot and one cold. What a fantastic blend and caffein hit. I instantly went to the front of the shop and bought a kilo of the weasel beans for VND1m (about USD50). Wished I had discovered this place a year ago. The price per kilo was only VDN500k.

Excellent place for great coffee (freshly roasted and freshly ground and freshly brewed). Also a great place to sit and take in the local scene, just like the locals.
Written May 11, 2011
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PJames73
Hanoi, Vietnam105 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
First impression was smell of coffee, very good, but of course I know that they mixed coffee with other flavors. The taste was not excellent but acceptable. Only one thing I really don't like is price, much more expensive than other coffee shops, absolutely cause of its name.
Written November 14, 2015
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alan b
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam56 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Solo
As a resident of Vietnam for the last nearly 4 years i can honestly say this is a little overpriced - another well reviewed tourist stop that has now inflated prices - its a hole in the wall coffee shop- plastic chairs - crappy talkes - and get rated 3 on the nightlife section ?? Thats bemusing !!!! very
Written February 16, 2014
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Deep Traveler
Hanoi, Vietnam37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
I have brought coffee beans from several stores in Hanoi, and for me quality is King!! Cafe Mai has some of the best variety of coffee beans to chose from at good prices.

It also makes you feel like your buying real Vietnamese coffee when so many stores attempt to westernize there coffees for westerners! But in all honesty when I come to Vietnam i prefer to have a different experience and Cafe Mai serves up a good cup of vietnamese coffee beans!
Written February 14, 2018
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Xuanbin
Singapore, Singapore25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
If you look at one of the photos added by other members, you'll notice that Paris Mai (weasel coffee) was going for 600K VND but it has since risen to 1.2M VND.. Arabica, Moka and all other beans have also doubled, going for around 400-500K VND per kilo (approx. US20-25) up from around 200K VND!

If you're looking for beans/grounds to bring back, you could hop over to Hang Buom St (near the Bach Ma temple). Arabica No.1 -- grades of the beans go by numbers 1, 2 & 3 with 1 being the strongest -- there goes for 300K VND per kilo after some bargaining. Weasel can go below 600K VND per kilo if you bargain. I got my grounds from Kim Lai Cafe at 99 Hang Buom St.

I also paid 55K VND (almost USD3) for an iced Moka (not to be confused Mocha). The coffee was pretty good but I reckon you could get that kind of quality at any good cafes out there at half the price!
Written October 21, 2012
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j0e_75
Arlington, VA110 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Came here from Googling the reviews on the best place to buy roasted coffee in Ha Noi and was a little disappointed.
First the flagship coffee named something Paris is 1,600,000đ per kilo, which is easily 10x the price of the pure coffee found in Bảo Lộc, where highlands coffee is grown. I understand that Ha Noi is far from the Dak Lak or Da Lat/Bảo Lộc/Lam Dong area but this is crazy.
In my humble opinion, pay a little more and fly to Bảo Lộc is my recommendation if you’re looking for an authentic experience w VN coffee.
Written December 25, 2019
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Jacqueline Fong
Vancouver, Canada32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
As usual, decided to give this place a try based on the great reviews, and man, was I disappointed!! I initially walked into their store and was browsing their many different types of coffee beans. A girl quickly let me smell 2 different types, and I asked if I could sit down for a cup of coffee to try it out. She directed me to their coffee shop across the street.

I sat down, and the server brought over a menu. She stood there with her arms crossed, and no smile on her face, waiting for me to order, so I quickly ordered the coffee that I had smelled across the street. After she served me the coffee, she sat there and played games, while another older lady sat beside her and talked on the phone loudly. The coffee tasted so so, very average, nothing spectacular. When I asked for the bill, she brought it over, I paid and asked for change, and I wanted to take a photo of the receipt so that I could remember how much the coffee was (I ordered the moca that cost 65k btw). Before I was able to do that, she came back and grabbed the receipt, and never returned it, which I found very rude.

For a roaster that charges an exuberant amount for coffee beans (we are talking about 1.6m dong for a kg of paris mai, and 740k dong for a kg of moca), neither the quality of the coffee nor the service was there to garner the high price. The coffee shop looks old, and the terrible and unwelcoming service just made it not worth visiting at all.

You can literally find a great coffee shop every 10m here in Vietnam, don’t waste your time coming here!
Written December 4, 2019
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Karen J
106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Walking around, fancied a coffee, what a choice!!
I’m not a coffee connoisseur, but I’d think this would be their heaven. Wanted to try the egg coffee, but I think they didn’t have it!?!
What we had was delicious
Written October 22, 2019
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Dr RV p
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Nice place to have Viet coffee cold .quiet refreshing.
Doesn't burn a hole in pocket.
Staff suggestions can be relied up on
Written May 22, 2019
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