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:

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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!

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