Blend of culi (single, unsplit) beans of Arabica, Robusta, Chari and Catimor. Strong, very full-bodied and intense, with layers of complexity. Please choose 340 gram ground or 250 gram whole bean below.
This coffee is a gourmet's dream blend. Trung Nguyen puts together carefully selected Culi (unsplit "peaberries") from 4 different varieties. A lot of care and balancing goes into this coffee, and Trung Nguyen is rewarded by many loyal Vietnamese drinkers who proclaim this their favorite brew.
There are a lot of complex flavors in this coffee, and it also runs a little to the bitter and acid tastes, which is a plus for people who want a full-bodied coffee experience. If you like strong coffee, double up on this one and go for the gusto! In winter this is a comfort coffee, with its rich, appetite-awakening flavor and aroma.
Many restaurants and coffeeshops serve this coffee as their one, representative "Vietnamese coffee" in the Phin single-serving filter. Sometimes fans of this coffee will double it up in the small filter and drink it espresso-strength.
Culi-based coffees have an edge to them that is lost if stored in the fridge as iced coffee concentrate. Drink it fresh... and brew it right onto ice if you can. It's a sipping coffee when made strong, delightful in every taste.
At one level tablespoon per coffee you get a mild but broad taste. At 1.5 or 2 tablespoons you get that intense flavor it is famous for.
As with most Vietnamese coffees, if you can control the temperature you can get different effects. At 185° brewing you accent all the extra flavor tones and the chocolate/vanilla hints. At 205° you lose those flavor tones and get a more American-style coffee.
My Favorite Vietnamese coffee
I have tried most of the Trung Nguyen varieties, and keep coming back to Creative #4. I find it well balanced with a subtle and complex flavor. Good hot or cold and works well with a French press or Phin filter.
Posted by KJK on Dec 13th 2016
I start my day with 2 servings of Creative 4. Delicious and strong, Creative 4 is constantly in my pantry.
Posted by T. Love on Dec 13th 2016
Love its layered complexity!
I have used Trung Nguyen Creative 1 for years, but my first cup of the Creative 4 won me over. The website incorrectly shows the price for 250 g. but the package received is 340 g. (12 oz.). I use the Toddy cold brewing method for all my coffees, and do not find a degradation in taste. The resulting coffee concentrate provides maximum flexibility in how you serve it. We drink mostly cold coffee, even in the winter.
Posted by O. Busch on Dec 13th 2016
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