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