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In its essence, what we call Vietnamese coffee (Cà phê sua dá or Cafe sua da) is a style. In Southeast Asia, coffee is a drink that is created one cup at a time. It is brewed at your table, during a meal, or as a beverage to drink while playing chess at tables in outside cafes, or during a work break.
Vietnamese coffee is also grown, dried, and roasted differently from coffee in other regions of the world. Its characteristic buttery, nutty and fruity flavor overtones are a part of the natural, ~100 day drying and ripening process that is still done manually, in one of the few climates of the world where natural drying under the sun is possible for such an extended period. In South America, for instance, coffee often has to be kiln-dried for part of this process, which affects the ripening and development of some of these flavor tones. The natural drying method is laborious and careful, and brings to the coffee flavors like none other in the world.
Coffee roasting in Southeast Asia is also a unique process, involving butter oil and techniques that bring out the highest development of flavor without over-roasting or burning the coffee.
Additionally, the coffee is ground for the particular brewing method of the single-cup filter, or the French Press. This grind is a little coarser than used for brewing by drip machines.
And finally, because Vietnam is a tropical country, fresh milk and cream do not store well, so they have a tradition of using dried milk powder as a creamer, generally made into a sweetened condensed milk in a can, with added butterfat/cream.
The coffee is thus consumed black or with this sweetened condensed milk, which is placed in the cup before brewing.
Most people who enjoy Vietnamese-style coffee appreciate that the end result is a small cup of coffee, not a massive 16-ounce MegaBomb Donut Shop special. It's about 6 ounces of intense flavors you won't find from any other style of coffee or brewing. The intensity of the flavor is very satisfying, and does not leave you wanting. But of course, another cup is just a 5-minute brewing away, if you desire.
So, to duplicate the experience a traveler has in a coffee cafe in Vietnam, he or she should use the real ingredients:
- Stainless steel single-cup filter
- Sweetened condensed milk made in Vietnam (Longevity is a popular brand) - Vietnamese sweetened condensed milk is intended for coffee, and has a much nicer balance between cream and sweetening.
- Authentic locally grown and roasted Vietnamese coffee
These are your ingredients to experience the full enjoyment of genuine Vietnamese style coffee. The only other ingredient... is you, and the time to sit for a few minutes and brew yourself a cup of hand-crafted, unparalleled, delicious coffee.
- Caffeine: AVERAGE
- Acidity: MEDIUM
- Intensity: HIGH
Enjoy when you have a moment to yourself, and experience a timeless pleasure.
Ultimate Vietnamese Coffee Kit
Enjoy the famous Gourmet Blend as served in Vietnam's most numerous cafés, as well as the crowd-pleasing Indochine Gold Blend. This is the kit to try if you're not sure what kind of coffee you tried when you were in Vietnam, or if you prefer a blended-variety coffee. Total 750g coffee, ~1.6 lbs.
Trung Nguyen Coffee Kit
The kit for people who know what they want, and what they want is Trung Nguyen Gourmet Blend. This boxed coffee has the most devoted following of any of our coffees, so we thought it should have its own coffee kit. Total 500g coffee, ~1.1 lbs.
The Instant Entertainer
A collection of our best instant coffee, cappuccino and hot chocolate mixes, perfect for anytime you (or your guests!) need a gourmet cup without the fuss of brewing. Contains 24 Original G7 3-in-1 instant coffee, 5 G7 Pure Black instant coffee, and 4 of each flavor of G7 instant cappuccino (Mocha, Irish Cream, and Hazelnut), plus a 12 packets of Indochine's premium hot chocolate mix, perfect for the cold weather. All together, this is 53 cups of instant deliciousness.
Vietnamese Coffee Kit:
Vietnamese Coffee Kit: Gold Edition
The Vietnamese Coffee Kit is one of our most popular items. It's perfect as a gift, but it's also great as a treat for yourself since, if you buy it without the gift-wrap, you save money by buying the kit instead of the components separately.
The Gold Edition was inspired by the ridiculously warm weather most of the nation has experienced. Here in New England we actually had to turn on the A/C! Needless to say, we knew the solution was to brew some delicious iced coffee. The Gold Edition Vietnamese Coffee Kit is also great hot, but it's ideal for brewing iced coffee in the Vietnamese style.
This kit contains:
Legendee Coffee Kit
An ultra-gourmet Vietnamese coffee kit, this lovely gift includes a 250g bag Legendee Gold, a traditional 7 oz Phin filter to extract maximum flavor from this premium coffee, and a can of sweetened condensed milk for the authentic Vietnamese café experience. Attractively packaged in a white box with dark green krinkle. Total 250g coffee, ~1/2 lb.
Trung Nguyen Legendee
Pictured above: Legendee Gift Box
Legendee has an incredible natural sweetness --many customers who regularly sweeten their coffee like this coffee unsweetened-- and an acidity and aroma typical of fine Arabicas. The Legendee family is one of the world's most famous branded coffees, and we are the only authorized distributor in the USA. Recently the Legendee brand has gone "retro" to its original name, "Sang Tao 8", or Creative 8. It is the flagship coffee of the original Creative Coffee series that made Trung Ngyen famous.
The Legendee Gift Box is a limited holiday offering. It contains two bags of Legendee Sang Tao 8 in gold foil vacuum packaging for a total of 500g of gourmet coffee. This box is high quality, heavyweight glossy paperboard and perfect for gifting, and, as with all Legendee items, it comes with a card explaining the history of the coffee and giving advice on how to get the best out of the coffee, ensuring that the lucky recipient can fully enjoy their gift.
Bantai Kopi Luwak Gift Pouch
Bantai gathers their authentic kopi luwak in mountain reservations, employing indigenous forest dwellers and preserving the delicate population of the rare Philippines coffee civet. The shade-grown Robusta beans give an incredibly deep and rich cup, and our new easy-to-give gift package is an affordable way to delight even the most discerning coffee gourmet.
Chocolate Covered Costa Rican Coffee Beans
Absolutely addictive! These exceptional chocolate-covered beans come coated with dark chocolate. The beans are peaberry Arabica from Down to Earth Farm, a single-source producer in Costa Rica with a noble mission. Everything they create is infused with meticulous care and good taste, and every product they sell generates a donation for the benefit of their community.
Since 1865 and the introduction of coffee to this region, the Tarrazu canton of Costa Rica has been one of the most highly regarded coffee-growing areas. These beans are 100% Tarrazu grown on volcanic soils. Enrobed in premium quality chocolate, they are truly unique treat. High in antioxidants. Not intended as a candy for children.
Vietnamese Coffee Mini-Kit
It's back! This compact version of our popular Vietnamese Coffee Kit is perfect for friends, co-workers, clients, and anyone else who'd love a delicious gourmet coffee experience at a fabulous price. The kit contains a small-size can of sweetened condensed milk, a full-sized Phin filter, and your choice of one of our most popular coffees.
Creative Coffee Collection
NEW - Heirloom Coffee Gift Canister
Creative Coffee Collection
Not sure which Trung Nguyen coffee to order? Try them all! Our new Creative Coffee Collection contains one 250g bag of each of Trung Nguyen's Creative Coffees 1 through 5 and low-caffeine Passiona, plus a stainless steel Phin filter/brewer, an Ikea cup and saucer set (not shown), and Vietnamese sweetened condensed milk for the authentic Asian cafe experience. Total 1500g coffee, ~3.3 lbs.
Bantai Civet Coffee and French Press Gift Set
This is a perfect combination: a "personal size" French Press (12 oz) and 4 ounces of Bantai Civet Coffee in a handmade canvas bag with wooden handles which was hand-made in the Philippines. Bantai kopi luwak (civet coffee) is harvested from organic high-altitude shade grown Robusta trees, in a national preserve where the civets roam free. Purchase of Bantai coffee supports the nature preserve, the endangered civets, and the livelihoods of the indigenous peoples who live and work there.
The Bantai Civet Coffee is a generous 4 ounces of the world's rarest coffee paired with a glass French press with stainless steel housing. With a coffee as subtle and special as this, you want to be sure to brew it right. This is easy to do with a French Press. The French press is one of the most delicious and convenient methods of making coffee and we recommend it to everyone.
In black box with protective krinkle
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Truly anybody who loves coffee would love this set. Send one to everybody you know, or.... Maybe this is the gift that is just too good to give to anybody else. Buy it for yourself!
Great combination price includes 4 ounces Bantai Civet Coffee (in an attractive canvas gift bag with bamboo handles) and a 12 ounce French Press, packed in a glossy black gift box with instructions and brewing tips for optimizing your enjoyment of the world's best and rarest coffee.
Heirloom Coffee Gift Canister
Ideal gift for for office swaps, New Year's parties, or any occasion
New offering! Beautiful metallic gift canister contains one of our most popular fresh-roasted heirloom coffees for a perfect ready-to-give holiday gift. Available in Silver, Gold, or Red, with your choice of coffees inside.