During their stay in India’s Visakhapatnam port city for MILAN 2024, the delegation of the Vietnam People’s Navy set up a coffee stall near the port for naval officers and sailors from various countries to taste the Vietnamese special drink, attracting a large number of customers.

Foreign guests taste Vietnamese coffee.

A foreign officer told reporters of the People’s Army Newspaper that he was mesmerized by the flavor of Vietnamese coffee from the first sip. It was even more wonderful for them to both have a cup of delicious coffee and chat and take some memorable photos with friendly and amiable friends from Vietnam.

After tasting the coffee, many foreign guests expressed their desire to buy a few boxes as gifts for their families and colleagues, and they all expressed regret when the Vietnamese officers explained that the coffee was not for sale, and that the quantity was limited. Many of them asked for another cup instead. 

During the MILAN 2024, Ship 20 welcomed several delegations from the host country, including captain, vice captain, and officers and sailors from INS Airavat. In each meeting, Ship 20’s crew-members presented them with a small gift bag, which included a box of G7 instant coffee. Admiral R. Hari Kumar, Chief of the Indian Navy, also expressed his desire to try the Vietnamese coffee at the stall. However, due to his busy schedule, the official had to take a rain-check on it.

Foreign officers and sailors in a photo with members of the Vietnamese delegation

According to members of the Vietnamese delegation, at previous exercises, the tasty Vietnamese coffee was one of the most favorite drinks, and this year’s event is no exception since it once again delights participating foreign officers and sailors.

By Vu Hung (from Visakhapatnam, India)

Translated by Tran Hoai