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Trung Nguyen Creative 5 (Culi Arabica) Coffee

Hand-selected culi (single, unsplit, peaberry) Arabica beans from Buon Me Thuot Highlands for intense and complex flavor. Fragrant, smooth, yet with a dark edge from the peaberries; a gourmet choice for hot brewing. Great accompaniment for desserts... we have a number of bakeries and restaurants that serve this coffee.

If you prefer whole bean, please note that whole bean is still sold in the original 250-gram size. Select whole bean from the options below.

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Hand-selected culi (single, unsplit, peaberry) Arabica beans from Buon Me Thuot Highlands for intense and complex 100% Arabica multi-source flavor. Fragrant, smooth, yet with a dark edge from the peaberries; a gourmet choice.

The Culi Arabica is a world-class, multi-source, peaberry blended coffee. The Creative #5 is a coffeehouse favorite here in the USA. One bakery/coffeeshop here in New England displays the Culi Arabica in a presspot along with 6-7 other world-class coffees from Jamaica, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sumatra, etc., and tells us that their patrons self-select the Culi Arabica over ANY OTHER coffee they have offered.

This is a fragrant heirloom Arabica coffee with a complexity in the low tones one might expect from gourmet Robusta or Excelsa coffee. There is not a hint of objectionable modern hybrid licorice or barley taste. It is a favorite in winter due to its comforting dark, peaberry edge and broad flavor range. It has a haunting aftertaste that commands a second cup. In the summer it has an edge that makes it a unique and superb iced coffee.

You can go in many directions brewing the Creative #5. It's an Arabica that can be brewed lightly to provide a superbly balanced breakfast-style coffee, but it also is a peaberry, dark coffee that can be brewed strong to provide a Full City Roast intensity with no bitterness.

To brew light, you may want to use as little as a level tablespoon per cup. But you can go as strong as you like, even stacking it high in a Phin filter to get an espresso-like result. This is a coffee that is immensely versatile and fun, and for many Trung Nguyen fans, it's their favorite all-round blend.

For calibrating this coffee for commercial brewing, we suggest the whole bean, set to the grind you need. In commercial machines, if the grind is off, the flavor result can move from light to dark too easily, and some of the fabulous flavor hints can be lost, particularly if brewing at a high temperature (above 195°). The grind is good for Bunn-style carafe brewers, where the results are reliable and delicious and will surpass any coffee service coffee.

For home brewing, the pre-ground is perfect for cone-filter drip machines, percs, cold-brewing, Phin filters and French Press, so you typically won't get any flavor advantage from grinding it yourself. If you use a basket-style machine you may want the whole bean and it should be ground to medium-fine.

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  1. 5 Star Review Strong! Flavorful, Unique

    Excellent! Strong Brew!

    Posted by on Jun 18th 2017

  2. 5 Star Review best coffee ever!

    Went to vietnam and fell in love with this coffee!

    Posted by on Mar 29th 2017

  3. 5 Star Review It is the best

    I have tried several of the Vietnamese coffees available through Heirloom Coffee and this is my favorite (there is not a bad one in the bunch!). I have two double espressos made with #5 every morning and it starts my day off nicely.

    Posted by on Nov 19th 2016


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