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This vodka-and-green-tea drink is more popular in Vietnam than Coca-Cola

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While most Americans try to avoid caffeine altogether, it turns out that a select group of people in Vietnam are turning to high-caffeine green tea and dried meat before making their morning cups of coffee.

It seems that craft coffee is slowly taking off in Vietnam, but nothing compares to the craze for “Homemade Acai” which is being praised as “low-caffeine” and made by those living under the communist nation’s communist government. The current hot beverage is a concentrated blend of acai fruit and coarse ground coffee, mixed together with caffeine and a citrus-spiked liquor known as jiao fang.

“I definitely drink it. I don’t like coffee, and I know there’s a category called acai that’s green tea flavored, but I heard about this alcohol and I said, ‘Why don’t we do that?’” Ricardo Baculo, author of the coffee manifesto Cannibism: One Man’s Search for the Craft in an Age of Greed, told Good News Network. “But it’s not simply that you drink it, it’s that it’s delicious, its flavor is really intense — and you know, you’re under certain restrictions here in Vietnam,” he said. “It’s high in caffeine, but not so much of the sweetness that coffee tends to have. So it’s a little bittersweet, and it’s got this beautiful astringency to it, and it’s actually delicious.”

Young Vietnamese coffee lovers — like those in the U.S. — are taking to the drink because of its dietary composition, since high-caffeine drinks can be hard to maintain during the daylight hours in Vietnam, where caffeine consumption rates are much lower than in the U.S. Health experts say caffeine content is normal when dosed properly, but in every country, alcohol and caffeine consumption are correlated, so we need to factor that in as well.

Read the full story at Good News Network.

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