Man buys Wyoming town, plans to turn it into coffee hub

Vietnamese entrepreneur who acquired the tiny burg says it will be the headquarters for a new brand of caffeinated beverage.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Sep 3, 2013 11:34AM

(Courtesy of PhinDeli town)You might wonder what a Vietnamese entrepreneur would want with a tiny town in Wyoming.


Nguyen Dinh Pham paid $900,000 for the 10-square-mile town of Buford back in April 2012, making his first trip to the United States for the auction. Now he has announced his plans: Buford will become a coffee company headquarters. It will be named PhinDeli Town Buford, "phin" for the Vietnamese word for filter and "deli" for delicious.


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"Introducing the PhinDeli brand of coffee from the small town of Buford seems to honor both unique cultures," Nguyen, 38, an importer from Ho Chi Minh City, said in a news release. "While the town may be small, it touches a large amount of people. We hope the same for our Vietnamese coffee brand."


Buford’s former owner, Don Sammons, will remain on-site, running the Buford Trading Post, which had been the town’s only business. He bought the town in 1980, after arriving in a red Cadillac from Los Angeles. Sammons, a veteran of the Vietnam war, had moved to Loveland, Colo., and had intended to retire.

Buford, 28 miles west of Cheyenne, was founded in 1866 as a military fort to guard the construction of the transcontinental railroad. The town was named for John Buford Jr., a Union officer during the Civil War. At one point, the town had about 2,000 residents.

Vietnam is the world’s second-largest exporter of coffee, but no Vietnamese retail coffee brands are sold in the United States. Nguyen and his business partner Tuan Do plan to sell the PhilDeli Town Buford coffee in the United States, including through Amazon. They will also give free samples in Buford’s convenience store.

Betty Schroll, 93, lives part-time in a cabin outside Buford and she remembers driving to town in her family’s 1920 Dodge. "I used to go there for an ice-cream cone," she told Reuters. "Now I'll go for coffee."


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Sep 12, 2013 1:31PM
I wish you well maxwell, let all these jealous folks choke on their coffee grinds

Sep 12, 2013 12:35PM


Well, , , ,that is America for you!  Japan socked it us, then we built it to the world's # 1 economy.  WW2 cost countless American lives, then we spend decades building up the Eu  countries  economies.  We spent countless $$$$ in Vietnam, lost thousands of lives, and ruined countless more, then to add insult to injury, all you can buy at Macy's is made in. . . .guess where, , , ,YES   Vietnam!!!

 Now, , , , I don't even want to waste my time and annoy myself by bringing up Iran, irac, the entire middle east Snake (or better yet) sewer pit.  AND FOR WHAT?????  Not even a barrel of recycled oil!  Are we nice people, , , or what?

Sep 12, 2013 12:02PM
Sorry, but I don't buy anything from a zipper head.
Sep 12, 2013 7:47AM
Apparently the United States is for sale. Foriegners are free to buy up our country, our politicians run our country as a welfare agency, and our military is pimped out to fight other countries' wars. Things need to really change in our country or soon there won't be a United States left.
Sep 12, 2013 6:52AM
We have homeless, unemployed war veterans who are not giving the facility to start his/her small business. Yet, we cater to these comies and Muslims sub humans by allow them to "set up camp" in our communities without giving nothing in return. Contrary to what most people think , these Third World leaches DO NOT generate any employment in our neighborhoods; they bring their "kin" folks with them and pay them less than minimum wages and never report these people to the IRS. In turn, this money goes back to their country and often time,  it is used to sponsor the same terrorists that we are fighting  overseas.
Sep 5, 2013 2:49AM
how easy is to forget,you may be right, but look around, Japan Korea, Vietnam, India, and many others countrys own lots of property, in the GOOD OLD USA,they were our enmies, we help then to survive,sending money,supplys, food,medicine, AND NOW THEY DEMAND THAT THE USA. TAKE THE BLOOD SWEAT, CHEAP PRODUCTS, AND THEY GET MONEY LOANS FOR ALMOST NONE INTEREST, SO THEY CAN KEEP BUYING OUR LAND, GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!!!!  READ THE COMMENT FROM gwell23
Sep 4, 2013 9:22PM
This is totally asinine.. so your telling me that someone from a foreign country can buy American land and not even be a citizen of America.. Wow our illustrious government is crazy. So a foreigner buys land,buildings,businesses but they can't come here and live in them or run them unless they are American citizens?? All because some moron in Washington wrote up a bill and the rest of the morons voted yea..I hope they all rot in hell, but I imagine they will anyways!
Sep 4, 2013 6:28PM
Someone responded to me thru MSN saying he was from Nam. So what did he do come over here with $1,000,000.oo I doubt it, more likely he got a US Goverment Grant.
This is a reply; Can you make enough money  as a farm hand to buy property? Well, Would you rather sit home and wait for a government check in the mail and  not work. What is healthy is working if you can.There are opportunities in other fields of farming in which if you do well ,show up for work, be proud of whatever you do and  then you could make enough money to buy some property. Farmers are getting older , young people do not want to get their hands dirty. But, remember we all eat the beef, veggies chicken, someone out there does this for you. There was a kid who came around selling chicken eggs, saving his money to pay for college. he and his sister  are off to college learning how to make money to buy property .
Sep 4, 2013 4:22PM
Maybe YOU need to re-read my comment. I KNOW he's Vietnamese   I was correlating his purchase with all the monies we owe to china and how they could take our cities as payment. Don't comment until you READ !!!
Sep 4, 2013 9:42AM
Why should this surprise anybody?  After all Obama bought the United States.
Sep 4, 2013 9:35AM
I think buying a town (too save it) is very cool.  There are a lot more foreign born people here then most people realize. As a Native born Vietnam Vet I think its cool. I also think that China should buy Texas for the debt the US has to China. Besides Texans have 100,000 people that signed a petition to succeed from the US. Let Rick Perry and those cowboys leave.
Sep 4, 2013 9:25AM
Long Time! or Short Time! what it be Joe.
Sep 4, 2013 9:19AM
I think someone needs to seriously do a better job of FACT Checking. The town of Buford is 10 Acres!!! NOT 10 square miles....
To all those ranting here about this " foreign" gentlemen buying a town in the US, I have a question. About 20 years or so ago, Kim Basinger, the actress, did the same thing. She bought a town in Georgia. I have just one question. How is this any different, other than in this case the buyer is Asian, and she was a famous (at the time) American actress?
Sep 4, 2013 9:15AM
This is AMERICA,  the Land of the free where any outsider from any country can come in and buy whatever they want.  But yet, we as Americans cannot go into many countries abroad and buy land and or businesses.  Hmmmmmmmmmmm,  oh well,  wish the man well.
Sep 4, 2013 8:52AM

holy smoke, the guy's coming in and will create jobs, that's more than the obama administration is doing,

plus as a Vietnam Vet I would rather have a north Vietnamese in this country than the South Vietnamese which were the biggest ****s when it came to defending their own country, at least the north Vietnamese had the balls to fight!!! Create jobs, not hate!!!!

Sep 4, 2013 8:49AM


The gentleman who bought the land , I wish him well , but be sure to expect the government to do things their way.

Sep 4, 2013 8:38AM
Sonya Lindee,
If there is reincarnation, I have news for you:  You are "renting" the body you are in.  Your so-called ancestors, your Native American DNA, makes up your physical shell of your PRESENT body.  In other words, back in the 1800s and earlier you were not connected or living with those Native ancestors, you were probably white, Asian or black and living even in some other part of the world.
I am also of Native American blood, but I have to same I don't believe that I always was.  Our souls are not ethnicities or races....ditto the Black folks causing so much violence today in the cities and to each other, same with the hateful Muslims blowing themselves and others up.  ALL SENSELESS, because more than likely everybody is borrowing a body to learn some lesson in this life.  You are only likely Native American, Black or Asian, etc. ONCE.  Get over the divisiveness - it's probably a huge waste of time. POSTED BY AN EDUCATED 3/4 NATIVE AMERICAN IN THIS LIFE.

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