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Trung Nguyen Creative 1 Culi Robusta

Trademark heirloom Vietnamese Robusta originally established in Vietnam in 1890 - 1922, made from select Culi (single, unsplit, peaberry) beans for richest flavor. Dark, strong, full-bodied and naturally sweet, can stand up to plenty of milk and sugar. A particularly excellent choice for iced coffee.

12 oz bags (340 grams) for ground coffee, 8.8 oz bags (250 gram) for whole bean.

We're out of stock on this coffee, sorry. You might like to try our similar Saigon Blend Tradition.

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The Vietnamese pioneered and perfected the Robusta variety over a hundred years ago, from stocks established by Jesuits in the 1890's. Yet in the late 20th century, much of the gourmet quality of this heirloom variety was lost due to improper cultivation and harvesting. The Culi Robusta is Trung Nguyen's triumphant return in the 1990's to producing the best gourmet Robusta in the world at that time.

Recent memoirs from a famous consultant to the Italian espresso industry acknowledged that purchasing gourmet Robusta from Vietnam was the long-kept secret of top Italian espresso makers. Vietnamese Robusta is renowned for its rich crema and buttery mouthfeel.

Creative One is an extremely full-bodied coffee, partially Culi or "peaberry" blend, that fills the room with superior aroma. Some can detect a chocolaty flavor, too, that originates from the long ripening process. It is difficult to describe this coffee to Americans who have never had access to a gourmet heirloom Robusta, and who have been told that only Arabica coffee can be exceptional. This is one of the world's best gourmet "cheap thrills". Because of the prolific growth of Robusta, this coffee is available in a price range well below its worth in quality.

It makes an excellent, strong iced coffee. We stock some locations that brew the Culi Robusta commercially as their only iced coffee and it has performed better than their previous brands. However, the Culi Robusta does not store well as an iced coffee, so it should be served only on the day it is brewed.

The Culi Robusta is a high-caffeine coffee, with about 40% more caffeine than most Arabicas. It's hard to brew this coffee too strong. as it has few faults. It performs well in most drip machines at one level tablespoon, or more to taste, per cup. It can be doubled up in a Phin or French Press for an espresso intensity. It also is a great mixer for improving the flavor of that expensive Arabica coffee you have in your pantry that you were disappointed with. Blend your own Arabica/Robusta mix and you will join the millions who say "Wow!" over Culi Robusta in any form.

Robusta is a superior coffee for those who like to drink their coffee with cream and sugar, since it has been lab-proven that Robusta flavors are not masked by cream and sugar, unlike many Arabicas.

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.

Limit 3 per order, please!

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  1. 5 Star Review The world’s best coffee

    I was served a cup of Sang Tao number 1 at the superb Myst Dong Hotel in HCMC last month. Taste it and you will stop being satisfied by Starbucks blends.

    Posted by on Jan 7th 2020

  2. 5 Star Review Sang Tao Number 1 without a doubt! Superb.

    I am no coffee expert. I bought this from a high praise recommendation from a relative who visited Vietnam this past year. I did no research into this coffee and was rewarded highly. This coffee has a bold and curious aroma (ground) and brews a clean and strong cup with minimal aftertaste. I don't care what the coffee seed is, robusta or arabica, its how its made. This coffee is made very well and is unlike anything else I ever had to date. Do yourself a favour a buy a bag, you too won't regret it.

    Posted by on Nov 13th 2019

  3. 5 Star Review Best Coffee Ever

    This coffee is so good it has completely ruined other coffee for me. Do yourself a favor a try it if you are on the fence, you will not be disappointed. The flavor is complex and naturally sweet, with a chocolate/caramel undertone it simultaneously tastes like the best coffee and best hot chocolate you've ever had. I make it with a french press and sweetened condensed milk (~2 tablespoons of condensed milk per 32 oz)

    Posted by on Oct 30th 2019

  4. 5 Star Review Gets your BP up quick

    Best coffee for a combination of condensed milk. It might be the cheapest but it’s easiest on your stomach and a true taste of Vietnam.

    Posted by on Sep 25th 2019

  5. 5 Star Review Excellent Coffee

    I usually just drink coffee to wake up in the morning and don’t like the taste. This is the first coffee that I really enjoy the flavor. It has a really good chocolate flavor. I first tried it in my hotel in Vietnam and when I came home I looked for a place to buy it online because I liked it so much. I would highly recommend it

    Posted by on Jul 13th 2019

  6. 5 Star Review fine flavor

    Really fine coffee; like what I'd had in Singapore. Ground it fine for espresso machine and add sweet condensed milk and you've got an amazing bres.

    Posted by on Jul 10th 2019

  7. 5 Star Review Excellent

    Absolutely wonderful and a delite.

    Posted by on Jul 6th 2019

  8. 5 Star Review Amazingly Smooth

    I didn’t start drinking coffee until a few years back because I didn’t like the taste but I needed the caffeine. This is the first coffee I really enjoy. It has a smooth, chocolate flavor with no bitterness. This is by far the best coffee I have ever tasted.

    Posted by on May 11th 2019

  9. 3 Star Review Good taste but sticky

    This made some good espresso coffee, but the (whole) beans were sticky and oily. I really wonder if it's only coffee...
    Also, they were so sticky that they would not enter the grinder easily. I had to move them manually every time for them to be ground.

    Posted by on Mar 27th 2019

  10. 5 Star Review Rich taste without the bitterness

    Smooth chocolate hints in a full-bodied buttery roast that lacks the bitterness. It has become a staple for us.

    Posted by on Mar 27th 2019

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