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Trung Nguyen Creative 5 (Culi Arabica) Coffee

Hand-selected culi (single, unsplit, peaberry) Arabica beans from the Central Plateau (Annam 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.

340 grams (12 oz) ground coffee. If you prefer whole bean, please note that whole bean is still sold in the original 250-gram size.

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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.

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.


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  1. 5 Star Review Delicious

    I’ve been drinking Creative 5 for years and it’s definitely my favorite coffee. Rich, chocolatey, best drunk strong.

    Posted by on May 13th 2019

  2. 5 Star Review Uniquely delicious flavor

    A friend introduced me to Trung NguyenCreative 5 and I’m hooked. It’s got a uniquely delicious flavor that I love.

    Posted by on Mar 30th 2019

  3. 5 Star Review Delicious

    For me, all other coffees had basically the same bitter taste. Creative 5 has a totally unique flavor that I love and never get tired of. This is a great coffee.

    Posted by on Nov 5th 2018

  4. 5 Star Review Great Coffee

    Creative No. 5 is delicious coffee, as are all the Trung Nguyen coffees!

    Posted by on Apr 1st 2018

  5. 5 Star Review Trung Ngyyen

    I've been drinking coffee every day for over 50 years. Ever since I went to Vietnam in June 2017 this is the only coffee I can drink. It blows everything else out of the water.

    Posted by on Mar 1st 2018

  6. 5 Star Review Deep rich Flavor

    Awesome coffee one of my favorites! Fast shipping too from Lens!

    Posted by on Mar 1st 2018

  7. 5 Star Review Great coffee

    Coffee is fantastic and I’ll need to try the other varieties. I especially like the quick service and shipping from Lens.

    Posted by on Dec 3rd 2017

  8. 5 Star Review Vietnam

    This coffee is as good as the Vietnamese women!

    Posted by on Nov 13th 2017

  9. 5 Star Review Love this coffee

    Received this coffee as a gift from a co-worker and it is now my absolute favorite coffee. I really enjoy the deep rich flavor and it smells so great. I have yet to try the other types (1-4) or the gold but will soon. Highly recommend this coffee!

    Posted by on Nov 12th 2017

  10. 5 Star Review The best

    Tried numerous local coffees and was not happy with them. Tried several at Heirloom and found #5. Can't make it too strong. The taste of #5 is the best I have ever found.

    Posted by on Nov 4th 2017

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