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. Click on the Whole Bean option below to see 250 gram (8.8 oz) bag on sale for $8.75 from the regular price of $9.50 (the original price is not displaying correctly).
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.
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 Shane Waldron on Jul 9th 2017
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 Ed on Jun 5th 2017
Favorite coffee - EVER
First had this coffee in Vietnam, fell in love with it, and have been purchasing it ever since.
Posted by Linda Pitner on May 22nd 2017
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 KJK on Apr 3rd 2017
My favorite for several years. Deep, dark but no bitterness.
Posted by Ed on Mar 28th 2017
The only coffee I drink. I love Creative 4 and start every morning with two servings. I love it!!
Posted by T. Love on Jan 28th 2017
Love its layered complexity!
I have used Trung Nguyen Creative 1 for years, but my first cup of the Creative 4 won me over. The website incorrectly shows the price for 250 g. but the package received is 340 g. (12 oz.). I use the Toddy cold brewing method for all my coffees, and do not find a degradation in taste. The resulting coffee concentrate provides maximum flexibility in how you serve it. We drink mostly cold coffee, even in the winter.
Posted by O. Busch on Nov 15th 2016
I start my day with 2 servings of Creative 4. Delicious and strong, Creative 4 is constantly in my pantry.
Posted by T. Love on Nov 8th 2016
My Favorite Vietnamese coffee
I have tried most of the Trung Nguyen varieties, and keep coming back to Creative #4. I find it well balanced with a subtle and complex flavor. Good hot or cold and works well with a French press or Phin filter.
Posted by KJK on Oct 10th 2016
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