Our Saigon Blends
Traditionally, Vietnamese coffee beans were roasted in kettles with butter and sugar, like nuts. All the brand name Vietnamese coffees we love, like Trung Nguyen, harken back to this tradition with their own special roasting techniques and flavors. And for all our might, we couldn't figure out how they did it.
Saigon Blends are our line of Vietnamese-style coffees. They've got all the chocolatey, caramelly flavor and aroma you love about Trung Nguyen coffees, and more. Freshly roasted. Award-winning beans (including the vital species that add that special regional taste: Vietnamese peaberry Robusta, Catimor, Excelsa and more). Expertly blended by Len. It is unbelievably smooth, great hot or iced, and brews perfectly in a Phin for an amazing cafe sua da - or in a drip brewer or French press for your regular morning cup.
Whole bean coffee lovers have often complained that the branded Vietnamese beans are too oily for their grind-and-brew espresso machines and some others types of grinders, where the fine particles cling to the grinding chamber and can clog the machine. Our whole bean Saigon Blends are DRY and guaranteed to work in your grinders. Also, the pre-ground coffees are ground perfectly for the phin and French Pres. In the last 2 years Trung Nguyen coffees have often been ground too fine for the phin filters or french press. Our grind works better in these brewers and drip machines and pour-overs.
We're finding that in most cases, our customers like these coffees as well or better than the original blends from Vietnam. It's running about 3 out of 5 overall would rather have our Saigon Blends than the branded coffees if they were marooned on a deserted isle. (Not surprisingly, 5 out of 5 told us, however, they would prefer NOT to be marooned not a deserted isle!) In several cases, customers have told us these are the best coffees they have EVER tasted.
We will continue to make new additions to the lineup this year.
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