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Whole Bean Coffee in Vietnam

Why Whole Bean is more expensive:
In Vietnam, coffee is sold pre-ground almost exclusively. This is because the special Vietnamese roast produces an extremely stable bean, which resists oxidization (the main source of coffee aging). Coffees is sold in the optimal grind setting for use in the traditional Phin filter or French Press, the most common brewing methods in the region. Pre-ground coffee is so convenient that the Vietnamese see no reason to bother buying whole beans at all. However, many Americans have specialized coffee makers that require whole beans, or simply have a strong personal preference for whole beans.

How long will TN pre-ground coffee stay fresh?
The special Vietnamese roast mentioned above uses a blend of natural oils to coat the beans during roasting. The beans are then roasted over a relatively low flame for a long time, which brings the whole bean to a deep, even roast without scorching any of the delicate natural sugars in the bean. The result is not only deliciously flavorful, low in acid, and excellent for icing, but also helps keep the coffee fresh for a long time. Trung Nguyen ground coffee is packaged in a state-of-the-art facility which uses the coffee's natural outgassing process and nitrogen, an inert gas, to expel all the oxygen out of the bag. It will stay as fresh as the day it was packaged for at least a year.

Why buy whole bean Trung Nguyen coffees at all, then? Truthfully, the only time we would recommend whole bean Trung Nguyen coffee is if you have a specialized brewing machine that requires whole beans, or if you really enjoy the process of grinding coffee beans. In our experience, the difference in flavor is generally so minor as to be unnoticable.

Below you will find the whole bean coffees that are currently available. If this explanation of the Trung Nguyen packaging process changed your mind after reading this, however, then please click here to shop for ground coffee.

Creative One (Culi Robusta) - click to learn more

Dark, strong, full-bodied and naturally sweet, can stand up to plenty of milk and sugar. A particularly excellent choice for iced coffee.

Creative One Whole Bean:

creative one culi robusta coffee by trung nguyen from vietnam

Creative Two (Robusta Arabica) - click to learn more

Blend of rich, bold Robusta and milder fragrant Arabica; one of our most popular and well-rounded coffees.

Creative Two Whole Bean:

creative two robusta arabica coffee by trung nguyen from vietnam

Creative Three (Arabica Se) - click to learn more

Select Buon Me Thuot Highlands Arabica. Se means "Sparrow", the name given to this indigenously developed varietal, grown only in Vietnam. A sweet, refreshing coffee with no bitterness. Floral and vanilla notes; extremely versatile.

Creative Three Whole Bean:

creative two robusta arabica coffee by trung nguyen from vietnam

Creative Four (Premium Culi) - click to learn more

Blend of culi (single, unsplit) beans of Arabica, Robusta, Chari and Catimor. Strong, deep, dark and complex.

Creative Four Whole Bean:

creative two robusta arabica coffee by trung nguyen from vietnam

Creative Five (Culi Arabica) - click to learn more

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.

Creative Five Whole Bean:

creative two robusta arabica coffee by trung nguyen from vietnam

Classic Whole Bean Legendee - click to learn more

The original Legendee blend, with a higher percentage of peaberries and Robusta, and correspondingly darker flavor that ices exceptionally well.

Classic Legendee

  • Whole Bean, 250g


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