Saigon Blend: Lam Dong Arabica
Our newest Saigon Blend uses award-winning Arabica coffees in multi-temperature roasts to produce a smooth, chocolatey profile reminiscent of Trung Nguyen Creative 3 and Creative 5, yet unique in its approach. It's our shot at the best traditional Vietnamese blend we can create. Certainly if you love Creative 3 or Creative 5 you will enjoy Saigon Blend: Lam Dong. But we feel if you love ANY coffee, you will love Lam Dong Arabica!
Lam Dong is a province in the highest region of the Vietnamese Central Plateau, the mountain range that extends up into Laos and used to be called the Annam Highlands. It is renowned internationally for the purest teas in the world, produced for almost 200 years in the region. But it is also the only region that can produce high altitude Arabicas. Grown in basaltic soil (ancient volcanic soil enriched by the cultivation of foliage) and blessed with a perfect weather cycle for growing coffee. Da Lat and other regional Arabicas have been sought after by Italian espresso makers and other award-winning producers for over 2 decades.
Fans of Highlands Moka Blend will see similarities also; Highlands features multiple Arabicas from this same region, including the Moka variety. It's a Must Try for Vietnamese Arabica coffee lovers!
8 ounces; choose ground or whole bean. The ground is designed for coarse drip machines, french press and phin filter brewing. The whole bean is dry and will not clog grinders with fine particles like the Trung Nguyen whole beans do. Great for grind-and-brew machines.
Really like TN #3 and #5
I always used Trung Nguyen #3 and then they stopped making it. So I moved on to #5. They stopped making that too! I was delighted when I tried Lam Dong! It truly tastes like both #3 and #5, but more closely resembles #5. I am so happy!
Posted by Linda Croglia on May 30th 2023
Beats other roasters hands down at their own game.
With this being my first taste of a Vietnamese Arabica, I didn’t know what to expect. Well, it’s Len’s coffee so I now know what to expect—excellence.! Arabica is the bean that is in most high end coffees sold in the US (at much higher prices). Yet this Lam Dong offering is better than what passes for gourmet coffee in fancy stores.
Posted by Unknown on Apr 26th 2021
Trying this now for the first time, and one thing I am noting is that on opening the package the delightful scent of chocolate joins the blast of fresh coffee aroma. Really a great smelling coffee. The grind setting I used doesn't seem perfect, but this coffee may be after I get it dialed in.
Posted by Matilda on Jul 8th 2020
I love it witrh a bit of condensed milk!
Posted by Todd on Mar 25th 2020
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