Autumn 2014 Interview – Geoff Hopkins (Hatvala)


Q1. What is your Name?

Geoff Hopkins

Q2. What is the name of your blog or organisation?

Hatvala Tea and Coffee

Q3. Where are you located in the world?

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Q4. What is your favourite Autumn drink and why?

There are only wet and dry seasons in the south of Vietnam so we miss out on the joy and wonder of Spring and Autumn. However, our teas come from the north which enjoys four seasons and produces some wonderful late autumn green and oolongs which can sometimes surpass the more sought after spring teas.

Q5. What is the perfect Autumn day setting to enjoy the drink?

If I was back in England maybe sitting by an open fire after an autumnal Sunday afternoon walk. Out here, sitting on the balcony taking in the sights and sounds as the sun goes down over the city.

Q6. What contributes to receiving a high quality drink?

A fresh product that has been stored in the correct conditions and then prepared with attention to detail using good quality water. Same principles apply to both tea and coffee. For me, tea has to be loose leaf and not tea bags.

Q7. What drink do you start your day with and why?

At the moment I am experimenting with roasting tea in a bamboo roaster that I got from Taiwan and also trying to create our own breakfast blend. I am making a point of trying out the results as my start the day drink. In normal circumstances I tend to fall back on full flavour black tea (no milk or sugar).

Q8. Do you order a different drink whilst travelling?

I would certainly want to try any local speciality drink at least once if there was one available. Finding good quality can be a challenge though especially with tea which is typically made with bags. The trend towards over-sweet drinks with syrups (or condensed milk here in Vietnam) added also does not suit me.

Q9. Where can people find out more about you?
Our website at or on twitter at @HatvalaVietnam

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