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Vietnamese Buon Me Thuot Excelsa

Excelsa is one of the four remaining genetically distinct commercial species of coffee and accounts for about 7% of world coffee production. It is used in Vietnam as a blending coffee, being added to other varieties of coffee to add complexity and depth. It's a vital ingredient in Trung Nguyen's blended coffees, including the famous Gourmet Blend, Buon Me Thuot Special, and Creative Four.

Our Excelsa was grown on one of Indochine Estates' coffee farms in the Dalat Highlands area of Vietnam. They have been processed by the traditional sun-drying method made possible by Vietnam's reliably long, hot summer.

These beans come to us in a very natural state. We sift through the coffee by hand, visually inspecting every lot to remove broken beans and small bits of dried coffee fruit, which are a result of the drying process and the beans' non-uniform size. Excelsa itself has a highly variable fruit, producing seeds of all shapes and sizes, as you can see in the image. This is part of its unique character.

Excelsa has a distinctive tart, fruity, dark, mysterious taste. In blends, it enhances the middle and back palate and lingering finish of the coffee, giving the cup more substance and power. Brewed on its own, it is a compelling and unique coffee experience, like a good Scotch.

8 oz roasted coffee. Note that Excelsa is ungraded for size, so there is variance in the bean color; we offer two roast levels. The first is "Dark" in which the beans are predominantly Dark. The second is "Harlequin", in which we have multiple roast points with even distribution from City to Dark.

Please select drip grind or whole bean and either Dark or Harlequin Roast.


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  1. 4 Star Review A Different Experience

    We ordered this because we were looking for a lower caffeine coffee. The aroma is much earthier than Arabica, and the Scotch analogy for the flavor profile is right on. It's somewhat reminiscent of an Islay, a little smoky and almost briny. I'm not sure it's something I'll drink often, but it's certainly different and interesting.

    Posted by on May 12th 2020

  2. 5 Star Review Smooth with low caffeine

    I ordered this coffee with the intention of mixing it with Arabica. The coffee was so good that I stopped blending and now just drink the Excelsa. This coffee smells great, tastes great, no bitter after taste, and no caffeine jitters.

    Posted by on Sep 10th 2018

  3. 5 Star Review Would be neat to get it from Africa or have it Espresso grind

    Great product, first time trying Excelsa.
    It would be neat to try it from Africa where it's native originally, or to get it in an Espresso grind, so I can make it thick and creamy.

    Posted by on Mar 1st 2018

  4. 5 Star Review Excelsa Is The Best

    This coffee is absolutely the best. I have been using a French press for 30 years and I grind the whole beans before brewing. I use the Excelsa blended with equal amounts of French Roast and Sumatra coffees, sometimes adding a little of Heirloom's other coffees.

    Posted by on Oct 28th 2016

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