Sounds odd we know. And if you don’t know what poop coffee is all about, then Google the heck out of it.
We’ll be honest and say we weren’t sure how we felt about trying weasel coffee. First off, the idea of drinking poop coffee wasn’t palatable at all. Secondly, we were a little hesitant on supporting this concept on behalf of the animals’ welfare.
Me Linh Coffee Garden quickly won us over with its spectacular coffee plantation and unique inhabitants. It also convinced us that is was okay to try their specialty brew because they do love their weasels and that was important to know.
When we told our friend Ha, that we were going out to Elephant Waterfall for the morning, he suggested coming with us. He had a ‘treat’ he wanted to share with us and we were already grinning from ear to ear.
We love Ha treats so signed him up for tour guide duties and off we went.
Wondering who Ha is? Meet this host-extraordinaire from Maxim Hotel.
Me Linh Coffee Garden sits on DT725, approximately 20 kilometers outside of Da Lat and is open 7 days a week from 7 AM to 6:30PM. You’ll know when you get there because there are coffee trees as far as you can see. LOL!
You can either rent a scooter in Da Lat (if you stay at Maxim Hotel, then Ha and Duong can help you out with that), or it’s a cheap GRAB ride from the city too.
Me Linh Coffee Garden not only grow their own coffee, they roast on site and sell it from their very own cafe.
The complex stretches out from the top to the bottom of the hill and through the coffee trees. It consists of many seating areas, a shop, café and weasel living quarters. Did we mention the beautiful souvenir shop?
There is plenty of free, secure onsite scooter parking which is located to the right as you come through the main gate. They do have space for cars too.
At the top you’ll find plenty of covered and uncovered seating options to choose from. You have a choice of table and chairs or cafe bench seating overlooking that spectacular view!
There is also a small stage set up for guests to enjoy karaoke or where the life music is performed.
There is a covered walk way that join the upper and lower level. It also doubles as bench seating to the left and right of the walkway.
Believe us, no one misses out on a great view in this place. It’s well thought out!
Coffee is the biggest seller here (apart from the stunning view).
The drinks menu isn’t limited to just coffee options either. They do offer different types of teas as well as yogurt drinks and sodas.
Their specialty of coarse is the weasel coffee and they have a few options to choose from too.
It’s also the cheapest weasel coffee we’ve seen so far. For instance, Trung Nguyen will charge VND 150,000 (~USD 6.50 / ~AUD 8.90) for their weasel coffee. Whereas Me Linh Coffee Garden only charges VND 75,000 (~USD 3.20 / ~AUD 4.50) for some of their options.
Coffee shop and souvenir shop
You can also buy their coffee products and accessories from the shop. It’s located at the top part of the complex. There are a number of coffee and tea related items for sale to shop to your heart’s content.
I steer clear of shopping lol, but I couldn’t resist the other attraction in the shop! For those who love dogs, this is the spot to say hello to the owner’s fur babies. They are adorable.
Walking down to the lower level of the complex you’ll find the souvenir shop. It’s in the shape of an authentic farm building and looks very authentic for the area. Here you can peruse all the locally made items such as scarves, bags and other little nick-nacks to mention a few.
There are also plenty of coffee options to choose from. You know, in case you missed out in the coffee shop (wink-wink).
I was a little nervous to meet these guys as I can’t stand to see animals suffering. We’ve seen some scary photos from coffee places in Vietnam and I feared this might be one of them. Especially given its size.
I’m happy to say that the critters looked very happy and healthy! Their living quarters were actually very nice too which was a relief to see.
Each weasel had plenty of space to move around, a few branches to climb and a cozy little hut to curl up in and sleep. All of which were in an area where guests can see them but not bother them. Win-win for all!
They looked so cute, with huge eyes and so much fur! I would’ve loved a pat, but didn’t want to cause them any distress.
The restaurant was unfortunately closed and I did ask to see the menu but we got lost in translation. So, I can’t give you any info on it sorry.
If you have been to the restaurant, please let us know what it was like in the comment. We’d love to hear about your experience.
Our weasel coffees and Ha’s normal coffee came to a total of VND 200,000 (~USD 8.60 / ~AUD 12.00) which is impressive! Back home we would’ve paid a truck load more for specialty coffees.
The coffees were great. Leon tried the Moka which was the strongest coffee he could find and I went with the sweeter cherry. Exceptionally strong but good, which gave us a good kick up the bum for the rest of the day.
The main attraction for me was that view though. That’s how I’d enjoy every coffee if I could!
We really enjoyed out visit here. We got some good photos, had great conversations and got to meet some really cute weasels.
Me Linh Coffee Garden is great for a visit in any weather as it caters for pretty much any kind of day. Which is why it’s on our must-see list for Da Lat.
It’s a great little day trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city and it won’t break the bank either. Heck we would’ve gone back to do some work there for a day if we had the time up our sleeve. It would’ve been perfect.
And you don’t have to have the weasel coffee. Their normal offerings are pretty tasty too.
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Thanks for reading guys and we’ll see you in the next post…