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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2013, 6:41am
Subject: Trung Nguyen coffee - smells crazy!
 

Okay, random title I know, but here's the deal.

I was reading the CG article on Viatnamese Iced Coffee the other day, and decided I wanted to give it a go (once the weather warms up a bit here in the UK!). I looked around for somewhere that sold the metal 'Phin' drippers. I ended up on the  UK Trung-Nguyen site. I bought both sizes of 'Phin' and a bag of coffee (since I had to bump the order up to 7.50 minimum order). Very pleased with the order, but I am intrigued by the coffee.

I went with the Sang Tao 3 Arabica Se. It arrived ground for use in the 'Phin' and as soon as I opened the bag it hit me - this intense smell of Hazelnuts and Chocolate. It was so strong I figured the coffee must be either mixed with hazelnuts, or have flavours added - but ALL the info. I can find online, AND the packaging, claim that this is 100% Arabica Se.

Is anyone able to shed some light on this? If it is 100% Arabica, then I suggest you guys check this stuff out (Whole Beans are available) because it is extraordinary! The taste isn't nearly as powerful as the aroma, but it makes a fine cup of coffee!!

 
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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2013, 11:57am
Subject: Re: Trung Nguyen coffee - smells crazy!
 

Some roasters in Asia roast various nuts along with the beans to give it that extra flavor. A couple of third wave roasters in the US do it too, but it's more prevalent in Asia.

Also in South East Asia, there is a popular type of coffee that is roasted with butter/lard to give it a really unique thick flavor.

Vietnamese coffee to me however is overpowered by the amount of sugar and cream put into it....
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