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Trung Nguyen Creative 4 (Premium Culi) Coffee

Blend of culi (single, unsplit) beans of Arabica, Robusta, Chari and Catimor. Strong, very full-bodied and intense, with layers of complexity. 340g (12 oz) ground coffee suitable for Press, drip machine or Phin filter brewing. Whole bean (250 gram) also available.

340 gram ground is on sale; whole bean is not.

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This coffee is a gourmet's dream blend. Trung Nguyen puts together carefully selected Culi (unsplit "peaberries") from 4 different varieties. A lot of care and balancing goes into this coffee, and Trung Nguyen is rewarded by many loyal Vietnamese drinkers who proclaim this their favorite brew.

There are a lot of complex flavors in this coffee, and it also runs a little to the bitter and acid tastes, which is a plus for people who want a full-bodied coffee experience. If you like strong coffee, double up on this one and go for the gusto! In winter this is a comfort coffee, with its rich, appetite-awakening flavor and aroma.

Many restaurants and coffeeshops serve this coffee as their one, representative "Vietnamese coffee" in the Phin single-serving filter. Sometimes fans of this coffee will double it up in the small filter and drink it espresso-strength.

Culi-based coffees have an edge to them that is lost if stored in the fridge as iced coffee concentrate. Drink it fresh... and brew it right onto ice if you can. It's a sipping coffee when made strong, delightful in every taste.

At one level tablespoon per coffee you get a mild but broad taste. At 1.5 or 2 tablespoons you get that intense flavor it is famous for.

As with most Vietnamese coffees, if you can control the temperature you can get different effects. At 185° brewing you accent all the extra flavor tones and the chocolate/vanilla hints. At 205° you lose those flavor tones and get a more American-style coffee.

Allergy note: The special butter-roast process that gives Trung Nguyen coffees their unique flavor and aroma is a proprietary recipe and we cannot promise that it is safe for individuals with severe allergies to any vegetable oil, such as soy

We also can't promise it's vegan, but it is certified Halal and safe for lacto-vegetarians.

If you are vegan or if you have any concerns about allergens, we suggest our new Saigon Cafe Blend, which we can promise are free of common allergens and 100% vegan.


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  1. 5 Star Review Complex, rich flavor

    This coffee is delicious. I taste notes of chocolate. It is not as bitter or sour as many coffees.

    Posted by on Dec 22nd 2017

  2. 5 Star Review A glass of coffee can make your day

    I've been drinking Trung Nguyen (Creative 4) for many years. I've tried many coffees but nothing like this one. It's full of body, not too bitter. It's mellow.

    Posted by on Oct 23rd 2017

  3. 5 Star Review Coffee Craze!

    Great stuff that we initially found in Vietnam. Had to get more.

    Posted by on Sep 22nd 2017

  4. 5 Star Review Strong and Flavorful

    Trung Nguyen #4 has been my favorite coffee since we were in Vietnam last year when we had it in the Trung Nguyen coffee shops in HCMC. Also bought it for home use there.
    Best brewed in a Vietnamese Traditional "Phin" Coffee Brewer.
    Glad we could find a source in the U.S. Please keep stocking it.

    Posted by on Aug 31st 2017

  5. 5 Star Review This is the best of the Creative's!

    This review applies to my preference of traditional Vietnemese iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk. I've tried them all and I prefer #4 the best. It has a rich, complex and chocolatey taste if made right. How do you make it right? Follow the instructions on the label because that's how they make it in the TN cafe's in Vietnam. 20-25g coffee with 65-70g water. Make sure to use good water for your brew & ice cubes - I use Arrowhead spring water which has a neutral pH. Brew time should be around 7 min with near boiling water. When I was in Vietnam I asked TN customers and most said go with #4. My second choice would be the Gourmet blend.

    Posted by on Jul 9th 2017

  6. 5 Star Review Deep flavor, no bitterness.

    Trung Nguyen #4 has been my favorite for several years. It remains faithful to the first time I tried it and has an almost "flavored" [chocolate] taste without chemicals. Personal preference is for whole beans which gives the flexibility of changing the grind size for different coffee brewing methods.

    Posted by on Jun 5th 2017

  7. 5 Star Review Favorite coffee - EVER

    First had this coffee in Vietnam, fell in love with it, and have been purchasing it ever since.

    Posted by on May 22nd 2017

  8. 5 Star Review My Favorite Vietnamese coffee

    I have tried most of the Trung Nguyen Vietnamese coffee and find the Creative #4 is the one I order most due to its complexity and lack of bitterness. Brew it mostly in a French press but also use a phin filter, especially for iced coffee whereby creative #4 and brewing with through a phin result in outstanding flavor and satisfaction.

    Posted by on Apr 3rd 2017

  9. 5 Star Review Pure delight!

    My favorite for several years. Deep, dark but no bitterness.

    Posted by on Mar 28th 2017

  10. 5 Star Review Nothing Compares

    The only coffee I drink. I love Creative 4 and start every morning with two servings. I love it!!

    Posted by on Jan 28th 2017

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