Vietnamese Coffee!

I’ve always wanted to buy a bag of ground coffee and enjoy the fun of brewing it. Also, for the fun of it, I’ve been wanting to buy a Frenchpress or Aeropress (it’s a piston that uses high pressure to blast hot water through the grounded beans! SGD$60!) or – even better – a Victorian-style coffee maker (it looks like something out of a chemistry lab where there’s a series of glass tubes and stuff that makes coffee using a very simple distillation process! The cheapest I found is SGD$45!) Maybe I’ll get the Victorian-style coffee maker.

Anyway, for a long time I’ve hesitated over the purchase of a bag of ground coffee. The fear was that I would pay about $10 for a bag of really crappy tasting coffee.

But at last! I’ve finally got a clue as to what I should buy thanks to a friend of mine. He introduced me to this particular brand of coffee:


Vietnamese Coffee! The brand is Trung Nguyen. If you notice, there’s a little hole in the bag. That’s for you to take a whiff of its awesome fragrance. The number at the bottom of the bag indicates the grade. They have 5 different grades (1-5), and yet, Grade 1 is already so amazing! Last week, my friend brewed a cup of Grade 1 coffee and the flavour was amazing! So aromatic and fragrant! It was simply delicious. The best part is that this coffee is incredibly affordable! Only SGD$5.75!

So yesterday, I went down to their cafe at Liang Court to buy a bag. Haha… I just couldn’t stop smelling the coffee for the rest of the day. Didn’t brew anything because it was evening by the time I came back. The last thing I wanted was to suffer insomnia. And so I waited for the next morning, i.e. today!

Since I do not have any special coffee making equipment, I decided to do the Japanese-inspired lazyman’s way. One thing I love about Daiso (my all-time favourite $2 shop) is that they sell a bag of satchets (100 pieces) which you can use to brew tea or coffee. It’s basically like a do-it-yourself kind of tea-bag, except that you can put anything you want in it.


After opening the satchet, all you have to do is to insert your tea leaves or ground coffee beans.


When you’re done, seal it up by turning the satchet inside out!


And you’re ready to make tea/coffee with it!

In the case of coffee, the magic number is 4 minutes. That’s approximately how long you should steep the coffee in hot water.

The coffee was so good! I didn’t take a photo because it seemed rather pointless showing a cup of black liquid. It looks like any other photo of coffee that you can find anywhere. This is really something that you’ve got to try on your own. I don’t know how best to explain its smell/taste. If anything, the best description I can give is that it smells more fragrant and tastes more amazing than what you can get at Starbucks or Coffee Bean. That’s how good it is!

Anyway, since I was packing a satchet, I decided to make more satchets so that I wouldn’t have to go through the trouble of packing them again in the future.


Almost a month’s supply of coffee! In total, one bag can be used to make 24 satchets, i.e. 24 cups of coffee.

Of course, it’s important to keep it in an air-tight container to retain its freshness!