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27-07-2017
Coffee trends  - focus on the quality of water

Coffee trends  - focus on the quality of water
 

 

For Aussies that travel around a lot you know that the water tastes different from place to place this is due to different levels of minerals dissolved in the water and this not only makes a difference in the taste of water but your coffee also.

In the past a lot of attention has been paid to the effect of bean choice, roasting, grinding and extracting and now more recently, the world class baristas have begun discussing in greater depth the importance of water in the brewing process.

There are numerous books and articles both in print and on the web on the topic and some quite scientific articles’ are available.

Coffee Science has a choose your water guide (http://www.coffeescience.org/how-to-choose-best-water-for-coffee/) with some interesting points about what’s actually in the water (and out) that makes a difference. You have to remember that your cuppa is really 98% water so it’s a significant part of the whole.  Not just an ingredient! Its something more!

The significance of water is it’s the solvent that is extracting the flavour compounds from the roasted coffee seeds. It forms chemical bonds in the seed and carries the bonded product away from the seed for your coffee.

Water chemisty – High Magnesium ion levels in water improve extraction and contribute to the fruitier flavours. Calcium emphasises heavier creamy notes which is the buffer for sharper acid notes. Carbonate plays a role in buffering acid but too much will leave calcium deposits in your machine and is also bad for flavour. You also get to a point of diminishing returns where there is too much.

Magnesium and Calcium are positive ions and this is coincidentally useful with extraction as the positive charges aid in extraction of the flavours in the coffee by an attraction to the negative ions associated with the flavours in the beans.

Striving for that perfect cup has so many variables and if you know the characteristics of water you can consider making changes to the levels of Magnesium and calcium.

If you want to get serious about this Hartley (2014) https://www.fivesenses.com.au/blog/experimenting-with-the-effect-of-water-quality-on-coffee/ suggests 70/30 water – 70 ppm sodium bicarbonate and 30 ppm magnesium sulphate  - Here’s the link  https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/hosted.fivesenses.com.au/hosted_docs/water_recipe.pdf

For those wanting more try these references

22-07-2017
Bad News for NZ customers re shipping increase – Out of the box coffee conversations (Non Complimentary Behaviour)
Bad News for NZ customers re shipping increase – Out of the box coffee conversations (Non Complimentary Behaviour)

Australia Post has forecast a dramatic increase in shipping charges for us to NZ – on a 1.25 kg order there will be an additional $10 shipping charge and on 2.5 kg $20 – currently your only solution is to buy now before the price rise in early to mid August. All BX1 category product will no longer be able to ship for free to New Zealand and the surcharge on all other product will have to increase.

Not sure how this will affect you please contact us. Expect price rises in shipping locally but no idea when.

Now to what I think is an interesting out of the box coffee conversation that I feel is relevant to our Viet-Coffee customers . As a prelude to the conversation as you are a Viet-Coffee customer you are already out of the box. You are probably aware that Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer after Brazil and you are familiar with fine flavours that you can get from Vietnamese coffee, whether as an Arabica or (more typically Vietnamese) Robusta.

You probably have an interesting story to tell as to how you became a Vietnamese coffee aficionado.

You have changed your view of the world of coffee and been switched to a new way of being in regards to coffee and Vietnamese coffee in particular. Part of this way of looking at the world in a new way (Non Complimentary Behaviour) is exemplified in the story of the robber being disarmed with a glass of wine. The you tube clip is eight minutes long and in provoking a new view worth the watch. The change achieved by doing something very different in an interaction to bring out a mutually beneficial outcome is quite powerful. Here’s the link


The parallels for me are that in changing to Vietnamese coffee you have ‘flicked the switch’ and come to a new understanding or position in life in regards to your coffee. Whether it’s the new taste experience of Vietnamese coffee ,or the ritual of making phin coffee Vietnamese style; please feel free to tell others of the new way of interacting with coffee through Vietnamese coffee.

And put NCB in your order notes and we will ship a Free Aluminium espresso phin with your order. Tell your friends and they can get a free phin with their order as well!

Coffee filter / Vietnamese Style Coffee Phin – small Alumi8nium (espresso Size)
All previous offers no longer apply
01-07-2017
Arabica V Robusta - Italian Espresso beans on sale $11 for 500g
Arabica Vs Robusta

What are the differences?

Differences between Arabica and Robusta Coffee

Although they can both be called coffee there is a general feeling that the differences are more than the similarities. In some cases of people exploring the differences it can get a bit polarised!

Arabica, described often as the sophisticated coffee, has twice the genes as Robusta. This is seen as contributing factor in the varied and complex flavours found in Arabica. As Arabic self-pollinates the production of true to type berries is possibly higher that Robust which is not able to self-pollinate. This may be a factor in the number of variations of style but consistency of flavour from the trees cherries.

Arabica has a deep root system compared to the Robusta’s shallow root system. This is a double edged difference meaning Arabica can be grown closer together and will survive with less rain fall. However the larger rainfall requirement of Robusta is compensated for by a larger crop Yield.

Both coffees are able to grow between the tropics of Capricorn and Cancer however Arabica requires a temperate climate between 600 to 2000 metres altitude vs Robusta 0 to 900 metres. Arabica prefers a lower temperature around 15 degrees Celsius (C) whereas Robusta likes it around 24 to 30 degrees C

The season for growth and harvesting are mostly determined by the climate with Arabica in its temperate climate having a distinct flowering habit after seasonal rain. When Viet-coffee has been in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in March the hillsides have been covered with flowering Arabic trees. Robusta not having the altitude requirement and habit of flowering after seasonal rains tends to be more irregular and have a longer ripening time of up to 10 to 11 months against Arabica’s 9 months.

Once the cherries are ripe the Arabica will drop its fruit so close attention is paid to the crop as it ripens whereas the Robusta will stay on the tree until picked. Whilst we are talking about cherries its actually the seed inside that is roasted and the shape is different with Robusta being rounder

Differences between Arabica and Robusta Coffee
Arabica Bean Differences between Arabica and Robusta Coffee Robusta Bean

Oil content is lower in Robusta which is a plus for the Espresso Crema. Many Espresso blends will have between 20 to 30 percent Robusta to allow the barista to get a good crema on your espresso.

Sugar levels are higher (depending on roasting) in Arabica leaving the Robusta potentially bitter.

The Biggy is the Caffeine, with Robusta being the one with kick at 1.7 to 4% and with caffeine being a natural pesticide it is more resistant to diseases, fungi and pests. Additionally Robusta can contain up to twice the number of antioxidants so if you want to top up you antioxidants Robusta is the best. An interesting fact is the coffee is seen as a major source of antioxidants in an American diet!

Italian espresso 
So for us we are really satisfied with the Italian Espresso beans a blend of 70% Arabica and 30% Robusta so excellent crema with a broad palate and hint of bitterness – on special now for $11.00 Italian Espresso beans 50% off RRP – click here to buy now
21-06-2017
Make your Americano here! - Close to code special
Ever wondered where Viet-coffee's Americano coffee found its origins? American Moka also known as Caffè Americano, American Coffee, or simply Americano, is, outside of Vietnam, the world’s most popular kind of coffee after the Italian espresso.


Why would Viet-coffee have a brand of coffee so closely named after what is the most Popular coffee outside of Vietnam, simply because there were a lot of Americans in Vietnam for a while and they had a hankering for a coffee similar to their coffee at home.

Despite what you may think, both American Coffee and its name have Italian origins. (The Italians perfected the espresso machine hence their affinity to coffee) It is popularly believed, Americano coffee was invented in Italy during World War II by the American soldiers. Their habit of adding water to the Italian espresso making for them a cup of Joe that was more suited to their taste.

This custom soon turned into a new, popular way of preparing coffee, which spread throughout Europe and North America and coincidentally is one of the best ways to get a smooth tasty cup of black coffee.

Making an Americano coffee is simple, you just add hot water to an espresso. This is opposed to how to prepare a tasty Long Black which is the opposite, i.e. pour a cup of espresso into hot water. This way, you obtain a more foamy consistency.

Drip coffee (or filtered coffee) is commonly attributed as being an Americano. But drip coffee, the one made famous all over the world thanks to Hollywood and detective fiction, is also very popular in the United States is not the real “American coffee” made with one or two shots of original Italian espresso. It’s a whole other thing. This week’s special enables you to get an entirely different perspective on Vietnamese coffee.

American Moka 250g ground taster, phin and espresso spoon with shipping  
American moka is prepared to be based on the style of coffee where hot water is added to espresso – of course it is often difficult to find an Espresso machine in Vietnam so it is interesting to compare the varying styles of preparation. Americano is reputed to have originated from American GI’s adding hot water to an Italian Espresso to make it more familiar to the style of coffee they were used to at home. Perhaps this was then extended in Vietnam from the traditional use of a Phin to give the shot and then the hot water added.

The drink would consist of a single or double shot with the addition or anywhere between 1 to 16 fluid ounces or 30 to 470ml of hot water. Interestingly the way that the water is incorporated into the coffee can make difference as to the flavour tones expected. For example a long black is adding the double espresso to the top leaving the crema intact to leave a fuller bodied flavour. Annihilation of the crema by adding the water on top is considered a more traditional Americano style.

The Viet-coffee blend of Arabica and Robusta provides for an interesting fusion allowing the more floral tones of the Arabic to be complimented by a lower brew temperature of a phin and accentuation of the mocha tones. With an espresso machine it can be made with a ristretto style to lower the bitter tones or lungo to increase the bitterness. Bitterness probably not being a problem if you look at this complimenting a American Breakfast

What’s an American Breakfast? Try coffee, two eggs (fried or poached), sliced bacon or sausages, sliced bread or toast with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, orange/grapefruit juice. It interesting that this blend is a favourite of an Italian friends mum.

American Moka tasting special espresso nearly half price with shipping. Click on this link to buy now - this price wont last

Terms and conditions of specials apply - it is assumed that offers in old news stories are no longer  valid - Not sure please ask
09-06-2017
Sorry last email may have been wonky - New Release G7 Gu Manh x 2 - 3 in 1 instant for the larger cup

Something different from Viet-coffee this week. We have secured supplies of G7’s Gu Manh X2 instant 3 in one.
Gu Manh G7 With 25g of Coffee per serve it really is a bigger stronger shot of coffee.  Same G7 formula but 60% more coffee. So we now offer 2 really stronger coffee’s our own Viet-Coffee 3 in one where we source the coffee from the largest instant coffee plant in Asia. Its in Buon Ma Thout in Vietnam


We showed you some pictures before of the plant in Buon Ma Thout on face book and the farm in the factory and we were impressed with their quality control and management of their production footprint on the environment with water sourcing and filtration occurring on site and waste product being used on the farm on the factory site. Coffee grounds are an excellent complement to the organic matter in soil.

You may have heard of cottage industries that recyle used coffee grounds and heard that composting coffee grounds is a great way to make use of something that would otherwise end up taking up space in a landfill. There are a number of benefits in composting coffee grounds firstly used coffee grounds helps to add nitrogen to your compost pile.


This can be as easy as throwing the used coffee grounds onto your compost pile. If you have paper filters the then coffee comes in a handy container to get it to the compost and the filter will compost down.



For those in the know coffee grounds are considered green waste (high in nitrogen) as opposed to brown (high in Carbon) so you need to compliment the coffee with brown compost materials such as leaves, paper, egg shells or straw.


Dont worry if you dont have a compost bin you may just throw the spent grounds on the garden. Best to keep away from tomatoes as grounds do have an effect on weed control and this seems to include tomatoes. Using grounds in the garden is like using a slow release nitrogen,  adding organic material to the soil, which improves drainage, water retention and aeration in the soil.


Used grounds also help microorganisms beneficial to plant growth thrive as well as attract earthworms Worried about soil pH well used coffee grounds are close to neutral, for best result work in around the plants or just be a lazy gardener like me and they could keep away slugs and snails. They have the added benefit of attracting worms.



If you have ever felt guilty about throwing away the unused coffee in the pot, just fill it up with water to rinse and your garden loves it.


If you have old unused coffee ground  that you haven’t used and are torn between throwing it and using it your azaleas, hydrangeas, lily and blueberries  will love it as unused grounds are acidic.


 So Coffee is a great double pick me up – once for you and twice for your garden!

 

 

Here is a link to Get your double pick me up with the Special offer on a bulk pack of G7 Gu Manh x 2 here 72 sachets for $39.99 with shipping included

 

 

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10-05-2017
Container is on the Fremantle wharf waiting for x-ray clearance (Wednesday 10 May 2017)
Container cleared today Thursday May 11 and from there its into our warehouse!

Coffee arrives Friday and we have to unpack and then we will be back in stock - if you want to receive an update on restock you can now subscribe on the new website for in-stock notifications - give it a try with your favourite product if we are out of stock.

If you can't wait we still have many other quality coffee products available for sale.
17-04-2017
Viet-coffee goes camping! Shipment on the Way
Container is on the ship and on its way with lots of fresh product and a few new lines - stay tuned

Store deliveries will be delayed due to Easter Break but all orders from the weekend are picked and packed ready for shipping

Our container is packed and on its way! go to our Facebook page to see Vietcoffee Vietnamese Coffee and Tea shared Tram Nguyen's post. Published by Van Collin · April 14 at 12:01pm ·
05-04-2017
Viet-Coffee site now Secure and new look website
Viet-coffee has updated our site - not that we thought there was anything wrong with the old one but to comply with new standards and speed requirements and more people using mobiles we had to move with the times - mind you we did consume a lot of coffee to help us make the move.

Now with the new look store you should see HTTPS at the beginning of our website and a locked padlock. Our upgrade program took longer than expected - sorry we didn't execute the project plan very well so we were a few days late and had a longer down time than expected so apologies to those that were affected.

There are still a few bugs to iron out and we look forward to any feedback.

Easter is coming and with the large number of public holidays deliveries will be delayed - so order now before the rush.

We may be low on stock as our shipment has taken longer to organise than we hope but we are looking forward to offering a larger selection of coffee shortly.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any Questions and thanks to those of you who have contacted us about your concerns

Hugh and Van
16-03-2017
Site Security update
Since we started in 2009 there have been significant changes in internet security protocols.

Currently depending on your browser you may be told our site is not secured or be shown an unlocked padlock - we have an upgrade program in place that will have this resolved hopefully before the end of the month.

In the meantime if you wish you may email us on info@viet-coffee.com.au your order - we will email your order back with the correct pricing and you may do an EFT from your bank to ours to pay for your order, or we can send you a Paypal invoice - the payment details will be on the invoice (Paypal or EFT) - or otherwise when I am available in the office I can take payments over the phone 0409642770 as our payment system is Paypal and this is secure - we don't keep customers payment details on our site so your transactions are safe unless Paypal is compromised (highly unlikely)

Apologies for us moving a little slowly on this I was in Buon Ma Thout when this problem needed fixing but we are on track to continue to provide your coffee more securely than in the past and you can be assured of our best efforts in providing you the taste of Vietnam

Please feel free to contact us if you have any Questions and thanks to those of you who have contacted us about your concerns

Hugh and Van
04-03-2017
Off to Buon Ma Thout for Coffee Festival
Hugh I am off to Buon Ma Thout to see the beginning of the coffee festival
Its always a challenge to get the days right so lets see how we go this time!!

Van will be looking after the store from Monday when I leave to my return at the end of the week on Sunday

We have a special offer on the bulk pack of Lady Fox - one bonus pack for 10 packs - just put Lady Fox bonus pack in your order details to get your pack - if you don't let us know it wont happen - if you forget send an email.

Viet-coffee Lady Fox



Click here to order and remember to ask for your bonus pack now 10 packs for $59.99

All previous offers ceased 4.40pm WST Saturday 04.03.17- Limited time – limited quantity
22-02-2017
Creative 1,2,3,4 & 5 in stock
Welcome news for lovers of Trung Nguyen Creative Coffee - we have restocked - the shipment is in the warehouse ready for picking and shipping and the store is updated to take your order now

Free Jasmine Green tea with all sales over $35 - All previous offers finished at 16:40 pm Saturday 25 February 2017

18-02-2017
Closer to normality but still not there yet
Again we offer apologies to those that experienced shipping delays and problems whist we are away - If you have any concerns about your orders please contact us on info@viet-coffee.com.au and we will fix it up.

Our special offer this week is my favourite Vietnamese tea cinnamon black - take advantage of our free offer for orders over $35 - get one tube of free Cinnamon Black tea.

Cinnamon Black Tea
Black tea's origins are reputed to connected to the British importing it from China and then establishing plantations in South East Asia with most successful plantations in Sri Lanka (previously known as Ceylon)

There is an interesting connection in Ceylon between coffee and tea with failed coffee plantations being turned over to tea with coffee rust decimating plantations and there is another connection between cinnamon plantations and tea with the Dutch commissioning cinnamon plantations on Ceylon proir to the failed coffee plantations.

Green, black, white and Oolong come from the same plant Camellia sinesis with the difference being the processing of the leaves and black teas colour comes from the extended oxidisation process compared to the other teas.

This means darker colour, stronger flavour and higher caffeine. And the Oxidisation means that black tea retains if flavour much longer than other tea varieties.

Traditional thinking had green tea as being the best for the beneficial chemicals such as Catechins, Theaflavins, Thearubigins, and Flavenons however US Agricultural research showed black dry leaves as in the Cinnamon black tea to be comparable to green tea. So subsequently health benefits for green and black tea are also comparable -

Health benefits include Cholesterol reduction, blood sugar control, cancer occurrence reduction, reduced kidney stones, reduced risk of Parkinsons, Anti-oxidant effects from polyphenols and of course increased alertness (I think that's the caffeine connection!) Of course don't overdo it as you can suffer from signs of caffeine overdose.

Information provided in this article is not supported by references to Scientific Journals but can be verified by your own research and is not to be considered medical advice - if you have any concerns about your health see a health professional. All previous offers ceased.
09-02-2017
Viet-coffee is back from our travels and with a special offer to kick off the New Year
Viet-Coffee is back from Vietnam – and almost back to normal

Apologies to those that experienced shipping delays and problems whist we are away – If you have any concerns about your orders please contact us on info@viet-coffee.com.au .

Our special infomercial this week is about Vietnamese Lotus Tea – take advantage of our free offer for orders over $55 – get a free Lotus Green tea.

Lotus flowers
Vietnamese lotus tea (Vietnamese: trà sen, chè sen) is a green tea produced in Vietnam that has been flavored with the scent of Nelumbo nucifera. It is a unique specialty product of the Vietnamese tea industry and is consumed as part of celebratory events or festivals. Production

The tea is made by allowing the green tea to absorb the flower's natural scent. This is done through several methods, either by:
• Stuffing green tea leaves into a flower and leaving them overnight
• Pulling the entire stamen from the flower or just their anthers and then either
• Jar them overnight with the tea leaves with them
• Bake the tea leaves with them
These steps can be repeated multiple times to increase the floral scent in the tea leaves.[1] In the case of higher quality teas, one thousand lotus flowers per kilogram of tea are needed to complete this ancient process.[2] Many modern production tend towards flavouring or perfumes to scent the tea. Brewing

Lotus teas are typically very potent and are best brewed for under 2 minutes using cooler brewing temperatures (160 °F/70 °C). Some fanciers will brew 3-4 times from one set of leaves as with most green tea

The lotus plant has been around for thousands of years and has many great health benefits. Our Lotus Green Tea is produced by Cat Nghi Tea the traditional way with the picking of the lotus flowers (Nelumbo nucifera) early in the morning and then mating these with the tea so that the delicate flavours of the lotus flower is taken up by the tea. - this process is repeated four or five times with over a thousand lotus flowers per kilogram of tea required to produce the distinctive flavour associated with this premium craftsman made tea.

The source of the Lotus flowers is considered important with differing areas considered to vary significantly in the quality of the Lotus flowers – Cat Nghi’s specialty Vietnamese tea is made from top grade Ha Giang Man Cha scented with lotus flowers.

This handcrafting and the source of the lotus flowers makes the tea extremely rare and valuable Brewing Lotus tea is best done with a lower water temperature of about 70 °C for 2 to three minutes. Lotus tea is typically very potent and brewing 3 to 4 times from one set of leaves is normal using two teaspoons per cup.

Lotus tea is the unobtainium of teas with delicate lotus aromas and health benefits to make it perfect for that different gift especially over traditional Vietnamese holidays such as Tet

Cat Nghi Tea has taken special steps to have available 10 acres of Lotus Flowers so that they can make this special tea and the Lotus flower has special significance all over Asia

Lotus flowers
Lotus Flower
History – Reputedly Buddha as a child had ponds of different colored lotus flowers outside his window with pink, white, and blue flowers symbolizing the three different types of people.
In Egypt where afterlife was a consideration lotus flowers represent rebirth , whereas Indian’s believe the flower petals represent the elements of the earth.

Horticulture of lotus plants – Lotus flowers like the sun and the Asian climate is especially suite with the plants anchored in the mud and the leaves and flowers … rising to the top of ponds bringing forth beautiful white, pink, and blue flowers. We have been able to grow our own lotus’ Perth. Perhaps not so large as in Asia but still with beautiful colours.

Reputed health benefits include the following including Lower Cholesterol – A tea made from lotus flowers and leaves is great for lowering cholesterol with the blocking of absorption of fats. Green tea brings its own benefits and thus helps lower cholesterols, regular green tea consumption is recognised as lowering cholesterol and blood sugar

Diabetes – Green tea infused with lotus prevents the spike in sugar absorption after eating starchy foods.

Fatty Liver – Green Tea made helps lead to a lean (not fatty) liver.

Detoxing – Green Lotus tea is great for detoxing the blood and thus helping to lower your risk of disease.

Stress – Green Lotus tea is acknowledge for its relaxing, soothing, sedative effects and assists with anxiety.

Acid Reflux – Lotus green tea tea helps with acid reflux by enhancing contraction of the lower oesophageal sphincter, lowering stomach acid, and soothes away gastric ulcers.

Lower Blood Pressure – Lotus leaf tea is also a good vasodilator helping to lower blood pressure.

Fertility – Men who suffer from premature ejaculation find that lotus tea helps with their condition. And women who have heavy periods find that lotus tea reduces blood flow.

Heat – In Traditional Chinese Medicine lotus leaf tea is used for summer heat syndrome to get rid of heat rash and cool internal organs.

Skin – In Ayurvedic Medicine lotus flowers are ground into a paste and applied to the skin, moisturizes the skin, and creating youthful looking skin.

Vitamin C – Lotus flowers contain Vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant helping to keep away diseases such as cardiovascular disease, strokes, and even cancer.

B – Vitamins – Lotus flowers also contain B – Vitamins which are important for fertility, vitality, and mood.

Iron – Lotus flowers contain iron which is important for anemia.

Phosphorus – Also lotus flowers contain phosphorus which is important for strong bones.

Heart Health – Because lotus leaves are full of antioxidants they can increase blood flow to the heart and lower blood pressure.

Anti-inflammatory – Lotus leaf tea is a great anti-inflammatory helping with redness, swelling, and pain… associated with arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

Weight Loss – Lotus leaves help to prevent carbs and fats from being absorbed, and boosts your metabolism thus you to lose weight. And lotus leaf contains L-Carotene which boosts metabolism.

Anti-fungal and Antibacterial – Studies show that rubbing lotus leaves on infected areas can kill ringworm fungus and works well for athletes foot. And lotus leaf tea is also antibacterial in action… killing invading bacteria naturally.

Linoleic Acid – And lotus flowers contain linoleic acid which is important for preventing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, weight loss, and boosting your immune system.

Antioxidants – Lotus flowers contain powerful antioxidants such as nuciferine, lotusine, neferin and demethyl coclaurine which help to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer.

Healthy Liver – Lotus leaf tea helps to promote healthy liver function.

Melanin – The oil from lotus flowers helps the body produce more melanin to protect it from damaging suns rays… and also fights premature gray hair.

Astringent – Lotus leaf tea is very astringent and has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to stop internal bleeding… and has been used for treating bloody urine.

Mucus – Lotus leaf tea helps expel mucus, making it great for colds, coughs, and other respiratory and sinus problems.

Making 100% Lotus Tea – Take 2 Teaspoons of dried flowers and add them to a 1/2 litre of very hot water and let steep for 5 or 6 minutes. Lotus flower tea has a nice sweet aroma.

If you have fresh lotus leaves cut a 4×4 inch piece and steep it in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes.

For dried leaves use 2 teaspoons in a 1/2 liter of hot water and let steep for 5 minutes.

Cooking – Lotus flowers have a beautiful fragrance, and because of that they are used in cooking of rice and other Asian dishes and of course making tea.

Special offer – for a limited time all orders over $55 will have a free pack of Cat Ngi Lotus Tea

Lotus flowers Information provided in this article is not supported by references to Scientific Journals and is not to be considered medical advice – if you have any concerns about your health see a health professional. All previous offers ceased.
04-12-2016
Christmas break - Longevity short code special just in time for the new year - What Christmas like in Vietnam?
We are Spending Christmas in Vietnam and although Vietnam is predominately Bhuddist there is an active Christian community and Christmas is is still one of the four main annual religious festivals.



Christmas Eve in Vietnam is a huge event followed by the not so celebrated Christmas Day. It’s a grand party on Christmas Eve and churches are packed to overflowing and with decorations starting to be set up now.



XMAS VIET The nativity crib scene or 'creche' is very popular with flashing lights and life-sized statues of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, shepherds and animals. With one area near a friend’s house in HCM being almost closed off with a nativity scene in front of almost any house for blocks some even with waterfalls!



The major churches such as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City or Saint Joseph Cathedral (the Big Church) in Hanoi are adorned with sparkling lighting decorations and surrounding trees, shops and houses turning out their best version of a Christmas colour.

Midnight Mass is well attended In Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, people tend to gather at the city center where the cathedral stands and cars are not allowed.



Children in Vietnam are greatly excited because they believe in Santa Clause and put their shoes in front of their doors on Christmas Eve, expecting to have their shoes stuffed in with goodies from Santa’s bulging sack on the morning of 25th December. On our theme of Caphe Sua da for Christmas we are clearing out our stock of Longevity milk with free shipping and only $1.50 a tin with every coffee order

On our theme of Caphe Sua da for Christmas we are clearing out our stock of Longevity milk with free shipping and only $4.50 for 3 tins with free shipping with every coffee order

Viet-coffee wishes you a wonderful Christmas and happy new year and we will keep you posted on our face book page of our adventures in Vietnam

Also check out our Youtube channel video of how to make a Vietnamese coffee and the history of Viet-Coffee

Remember if you upgrade your membership to premium you can start collecting rewards points towards your next order - if you are not on our Premium membership our Christmas present to you is to go through your orders when you were not a member and add them to your rewards account - 1 point equivalent to $1 to spend on your next order.

Giáng sinh vui vẻ và hạnh phúc trong năm mới

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Van Hugh and Family

Offers have conditions, are for a short time, limited stock and all previous offers not available - not sure please ask - Christmas deliveries will be significantly delayed and we expect any orders made from 13/12/16 till After New year to take much longer than usual.

27-11-2016
Sun, Sand, Seafood... and Santa: How to Do an Australian Christmas - Viet-Coffee says Have a Caphe Su da -
Sun, Sand, Seafood... and Santa: How to Do an Australian Christmas - Viet-Coffee says Have a Caphe Su da

Your ongoing patronage has meant we are the number 1 Internet retailer of Vietnamese Coffee and Tea in Australasia with growth every year from our inception in 2009.

We will be making our annual pilgrimage back to Vietnam to catch up with our suppliers and check out the coffee scene in Vietnam.

This will mean that the store will be attended but there will be big delays due to holidays, the Christmas rush and slightly lower than usual processing occasions with orders shipped Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 20th December - except on Public holidays when it will be the following day and then back to regular shipments from February 01 2017

To avoid running out we suggest either order now and beat the Christmas rush or allow more time for your order to get to us.

Fastway is saying no guarantees for Christmas delivery for Deliveries after 2 December

Viet-coffee wishes you a wonderful Christmas and happy new year and we will keep you posted on our face book page of our adventures in Vietnam

Also check out our Youtube channel video of how to make a Vietnamese coffee and the history of Viet-Coffee

Remember if you upgrade your membership to premium you can start collecting rewards points towards your next order - if you are not on our Premium membership our Christmas present to you is to go through your orders when you were not a member and add them to your rewards account - 1 point equivalent to $1 to spend on your next order.

Giáng sinh vui vẻ và hạnh phúc trong năm mới

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Van Hugh and Family

Please see story from Huffington post about Aussi Christmas

Aussi Christmas










03-11-2016
Celebrate 3 International Days at once with a cup of Vietnamese coffee - Sandwich, Men Make Dinner Day and Housewifes day
National Days
There are over 1000 National days celebrating a wide range of things – I was amused today to see that November 3 is National Sandwich day, National Men Make Diner Day and National Housewifes day.

It looks like you could celebrate all three days with one event with a little bending of the rules.

Yes some national days have specific rules for celebration and we would suggest that you could integrate them with a cup of coffee somewhere along the line without any bending of the rules at all.

Viet-coffee Saigon Phin

To help you in your endeavours we are offering the Viet-Coffee taste of Vietnam pack that has all you need to make a Vietnamese coffee all you need to add is hot water to brew the coffee in your phin and ice for your Caphe Su da

Click here for your pack now at $34.99

Saigon Phin Daklak Special running for a bit longer Viet-coffee offers you great pricing to decrease your input costs with all Saigon Phin Daklak prices reduced for a short time BX1 pack 5 x 250g for $29.99 and a bonus 100g pack with every order

Saigon Phin Daklak x 9* pack prices reduced for a short time for $39.99 and a bonus 100g pack with every order

Saigon Phin Daklak 250g pack prices reduced for a short time for $4.95 and a bonus 100g pack with every order
Viet-coffee Saigon Phin

All previous offers ceased - Limited time – limited quantity
21-10-2016
Nestlé commitment to improving sustainability of coffee farming. Viet-coffee reduces you input cost
Nestlé commitment to improving sustainability of coffee farming. Viet-coffee reduces you input cost

Nestle has a large presence in the Vietnamese coffee industry, both in terms of infrastructure and development of sustainable agricultural practices.

Nestle has demonstrate its commitment to increasing its production capacity with larger processing plants in Vietnam and additionally providing coffee farmers with training in the aspects of coffee horticulture.

Sometimes the simplest of solutions are the best and a low tech solution has been identified to help farmers to decide how much water is needed for irrigation. The search for the solution was based on evidence that many Vietnamese farmers are over watering and over fertilising with associated increased production costs without the benefit of improved quality or increased yield. This is further complicated by the diminishing water resources with many farmers reporting increased pumping costs to access the water in lowering water tables.

The simple solution is the use of a full water bottle tipped upside down in the ground. This is used as a measure of how much water is required for ongoing irrigation. It’s a simple but effective way for farmers to determine how much water to put on their trees.

Other solutions to improved coffee production are not so simple but revolve around improved infrastructure.

Nestle is making funds available for the farmers to introduce hew sprinkler systems that will increase yields and reduce fertilizer usage and the cost of labour and electricity and fuel

Other strategies include improved seed stock and moving from a coffee monoculture to plantations that include cacao, pepper, bananas, cashews and rubber

Nestle is not the only food producer that promotes sustainable production. In Vietnam Government policy has a large emphasis on sustainability, quality improvements and increased production with decreased input costs.

Viet-coffee offers you great pricing to decrease your input costs with all Saigon Phin Daklak prices reduced for a short time BX1 pack 5 x 250g for $29.99 and a bonus 100g pack with every order

Saigon Phin Daklak x 9* pack prices reduced for a short time for $39.99 and a bonus 100g pack with every order

Saigon Phin Daklak 250g pack prices reduced for a short time for $4.95 and a bonus 100g pack with every order
Viet-coffee Saigon Phin

All previous offers ceased - Limited time – limited quantity
07-10-2016
Vietnamese Coffee Affogato - Caphe Su Da dessert!
Vietnamese Coffee Affogato - Caphe Su Da dessert!

A café sua da dessert with the icecream drizzled with Longevity milk and Vietnamese coffee and a garnish of crushed honey cashews. Affogato literally translates as drowned from Italian so the icecream is drowned in coffee to make this Caphe sua da dessert

Ingredient list for 12 people
I tub of A2 Chocolate Icecream
1 tin of Honey Roast cashews
I tin of longevity condensed milk
1 250g pack of Saigon Phin Daklak

Instructions
Brew 12 0z of Saigon Phin Daklak before hand
Crush half the can of honey roast Cashews
Half a cup of ice cream in a dessert cup
Drizzle over a table spoon of Longevity milk
Pour over an ounce of hot coffee on the ice cream - the drowning
Garnish with the crushed honey roast cashews

Viet-coffee affogato
The different temperatures and the varying combination of textures and flavours as the ingredients melt together is a delight.

Special Viet-Coffee Affogato desert pack now available 1 pack 250g Saigon Phin Daklak
1 475 ml Stainless Steel phin
1 tin Longevity milk
1 Condensed milk storer with water bath
1 tin Honey roast Cashews

Click here to order RRP $51.53 Sale price $33.99 with shipping

Viet-coffee affogato pack

All previous offers ceased - Limited time – limited quantity
01-10-2016
International coffee day OCTOBER 1 - Viet-Coffee price Celebration on our 3/1 instant
October 1 is international coffee day

All sorts of events are happening across the world

The Grinds have produced a soundtrack from the sounds made by coffee machines its available for viewing on you tube – Electronic techno cafe music! stay on line to watch the story of these Aussie guys Click here to watch and listen

Viet-coffee has a limited time special special on our new 3/1 $1.50 a box for the week end or until we run out of promotional stock T Viet-coffee has a limited time special special on our new 3/1 $1.50 a box for the week end or until we run out of promotional stock Our own not so sweet instant coffee with a fine balance of flavours this is a larger sachet at 18g.


Viet-coffee 3in1 Click here to go to the new Viet-coffee 3/1 larger size sachet - available at the moment with special pricing $1.5o a pack
Sorry Australia Post shipping charges up - check if you can go Fastway Satchel text 0409642770 with suburb and postcode for verification All previous offers ceased - Limited time – limited quantity
23-09-2016
Pearl Restaurant 11 Risely Street Ardross WA 6153
Oriental “Pearl Restaurant” 11 Risely Street Ardross WA 6153 Trip advisor 4/5 stars
Pearl restaurant A newer restaurant that has brought life back into an area filled with lots of other restaurants, big name coffee shops and ice-cream parlours. Big menu – so many that I find it difficult to choose and you may have to book. The prices are commensurate with the area but big servings. Not just Vietnamese with many other Asian style dishes

cold prawn rolls

Popular with the locals so parking is a problem at times but great bus service to the area

The stir frys are well done and you can tell them no MSG just use pepper, salt and sugar to flavour (no stock). Mongolian lamb is good and the boys will often have Pho and I like the Pad thai and the broken rice dishes are good.

pho You can BYO wine with corkage charge and they have some expensive spirits on display as well as a display cabinet with coconut for drinking and deserts

I would start with some crispy spring rolls, cold prawn rolls, stir fry with pepper beef, Mongolian lamb, Amy has a Pho and they have Asian style desserts as well.

There is the option of ducking across the road to the Bad Apples wine bar at the end of it all to cap of the evening’s entertainment.

Bad apples Add tobasco to their lychee martini – this combination its not on the menu as such but they have Tabasco and add anywhere between 1 to five drops depending on the burn required.
Lychee Martini
I've also been experimenting with Espresso martinis and found a shot of Amaretto makes it interesting - You to can experiment if you have a way to grind the beans - we have some out of code Italian Espresso great for your Espresso martini -
click here to buy $6.99 a 500g pack All previous offers ceased - Limited time – limited quantity
17-09-2016
Restaurant Reviews - Ok Restaurant Perth
Okay Restaurant – 457 William Street Northbridge – Yelp 4.5 Stars
Ok restaurant
We have been going to this restaurant for a long time now, everything from a full on birthday banquet for a lot of people to a small family dinner. We often come across friends whilst eating here which must be a testament to its food and service.

We can say with confidence that they are able to do Vietnamese Café su da justice, good mellow coffee flavour high in mocha and chocolate flavours.

Caphe su da
The boys love the selection of broken rice recipes with pork chop and egg or the pho. The pho are large and the stock base is quite delicious, I am not a fan of the tripe but the rest of the family loves it so it never goes to waste.

Entrée of Stuffed chicken wings, cold spring rolls, main of pho, braised duck and pork and broken rice are favourites with durien milk shake or green jelly for dessert for the kids and a caphe su da for me .
stuffed chicken wings
Van & I like a nice SSB, champagne white or pink or a pinot noir to compliment the food or at a pinch my favourite a peppery shiraz.

To help you make a satisfying Vietnamese coffee we are offering an extra 10% off Metrang MC1 for this times special. When the special comes off the price will go up to reflect the new pricing for our new shipment so buy now at this discount price before the price goes up.

Metrang MC1 single

Click here to buy Metrang MC1 Arabica single pack 10% off

Click here to buy Metrang MC1 Arabica double pack with shipping 10% off for $28.49

Click here to buy Metrang MC1 Arabica 5 pack with shipping 10% off for $50.99

All previous offers ceased - Limited time – limited quantity

09-09-2016
Coffee off the WHO bad list
Hot drinks to blame for cancer not coffee!

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has new evidence pointing to hot drinks above 65 degrees Celsius as being associated with oesophageal cancers. Any hot drink being water, coffee, tea and other beverages probably cause cancer.

IARC is the World Health Organisations cancer agency published new date in June stating “ …there is less reason for concern today than there was before.”

In its evaluation it said it’s the temperature that is the concern not the beverage.

So let it cool – or start it that way with refreshing iced coffee.

Viet-coffee has always sold all you need to make iced coffee (apparently the safest way to drink coffee) and to celebrate the good news Viet coffee will give you a bonus pack of coffee in the “Taste of Vietnam” pack – it’s the all you need to make a Vietnamese iced coffee with an Extra pack of American Moka -



Viet-coffee Tase of Vietnam Pack Click here to buy the Taste of Vietnam iced coffee pack with bonus American Moka and with shipping included

All previous offers ceased - Limited time – limited quantity

Journal link here ( just cut and paste) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(16)30239-X
02-09-2016
ICO coffee count exports down - Vietnam coffee exports up
Vietnam Coffee news – The international Coffee Organisation (ICO) reported dropping exports sales for the ICO countries in the Month of July in the region of 20% - this is in comparison to Vietnam’s year on Year performance of a 50% increase in exports with an estimated 140 000 tonnes to August this year.

Improved market conditions have encouraged Vietnamese growers to draw down their personal stockpiles to take advantage of the better prices.

Reductions in export sales may be attributed to difficult growing conditions across coffee growing regions with El Nino blamed for drought conditions in Indonesia and other coffee growing areas.

Data from International Coffee Report – F.O. Licht.

Locally in Vietnam the trade in coffee substitutes has been getting bad press with a crackdown on substitute coffee production. Vietnamese (and other ) coffee manufacturers have long known that corn and soybeans combined with fish sauce will make a cheaper coffee. Honest producers will state the ingredients however there are a percentage that make this coffee blend referring to it as 100% coffee.

Soy coffee has a long history and it appears was first referred to in 1877 by Harberlandt, when coffee was perceived to be detrimental to your health and devoid of nutrition. Barley and Rye had been used as coffee substitutes and it was decided that roast soybean was a superior coffee substitute. Soyabean was known in the Adriatic Region by the name of Kaffeebohne and Soyabean and coffee bean were perceived to be no different in taste (probably due to low technology roasting / manufacturing techniques).

Its use spread from there up to Russia and across to France where Pallieux 1880 decided that although inferior, it was coffee. He later amended his thoughts with Bois in 1884 to say it was the best of all coffee substitutes and made a good café au lait in a mocha style. The Americas also adopted soyabean as a beverage in the style of coffee at about the same time. More recently being promoted as a health beverage and during the second world war was used as a coffee extender and/or substitute.

The principal drivers for Soyabean coffee’s success appear to be when promoted as a health food or when coffee supplies were scarce.

Information on Soyabean coffee courtesy of Shurtleff and Aoyagi 2004 History of soy flour, soy coffee and soy chocolate.

To Celebrate Vietnam's coffee exports up by 50% we are offering a special deal on our most popular coffee in the Viet-coffee range – this weeks special is get a free 100g pack of Saigon Phin Daklak with every order and special pricing on the BX1 pack – 5x 250g Saigon Phin Daklak for $29.99 see below for click here to order link.


Viet-coffee Saigon Phin Daklak Click here to buy the BX1 pack of Saigon Phin Daklak with shipping included

Viet-coffee 3/1 special pricing still available Click here to go to the new Viet-coffee 3/1 larger size sachet 6 box with shipping pack

Conditions apply for bonus 100g pack– must be able to ship with no additional postage required (All Fastway orders) or there be spare weight allowance (Australia Post). Limited time – limited quantity

30-08-2016
Shipping changes - Fastway option now selectable but please check availability first
I have been trailing our new shipping and ordering integration - sorry its not perfect and requires some work on your part.

We have made Fastway selectable as a shipping method - this is good and this is bad.

Good for those that are in a Fastway satchel area and can access better rates. That was our principal driver to allow us to get your coffee to you cheaper.

Bad as there is not a lock out for those not able to access Fastway satchel and its up to you to make sure you can access the better pricing - if you can't we have to give you money back - unless its a ship for free product.

Generally speaking along the coast of the eastern Seaboard has Fastway satchels - major regional towns have Fastway except the Northern Territory and Western Australia where it only in the Perth Region

Either way you can make good savings with understanding the price points for Australia Post satchels - the first is 500g - this is just one 250g pack of coffee and smaller phin, then 3kg which is 10x 250g packs or 5 x 500g soft pack (if its a box we will need to take it out of the box) and 5kg which is 18 x 250g packs and 9 x 500g packs (same problem with hard box)

You can check if you can access Fastway satchels at this link http://www.fastway.com.au/pricing/quick-quote# (not enabled and you have to see the National Satchels as an option)

Select Perth from the top option, type in your delivery suburb - select correct one and this loads up the post code and type in 3 for the weight. All top four boxes need to be filled then hit "Get Quote"

If it says Satchel in the list is all good if it says parcel only (usually with expensive $) you aren't in a satchel Zone.

We will trial the system if however we have too many problems with lots of cancelling of orders due to people not checking their eligibility we will go back to as it was before. So far one cancelled order

25-08-2016
New shipment - New product - Vietcoffee's own 3/1
The new shipment brought more new product - and this is our last new product release. Our own not so sweet instant coffee with a fine balance of flavours this is a larger sachet at 18g.


Viet-coffee 3in1

Limited time and limited product on offer. Available in single box, 4 box with shipping and 6 box with shipping

Click here to go to the new Viet-coffee 3/1 larger size sachet - available at the moment with special pricing or request a sample with any other coffee purchase

Click here to go to the new Viet-coffee 3/1 larger size sachet 4 box with shipping pack

Click here to go to the new Viet-coffee 3/1 larger size sachet 6 box with shipping pack
05-08-2016
Back in stock
We are back in stock of Viet-coffee, EMC, Metrang, TN house blend, TN gourmet Blend, Creative 1 thorugh to 5, TN ChinPhuc S, and Most of the Indochine range - i was up until 1.00 am Thurday getting coffee into the ware house so some things took a little longer

Store should be updated now- Your favourite item not there please ask adn thanks to those who already asked

Coffee On!!

Hugh and Van
02-08-2016
Coffee on the Wharf - Warehouse clearance to make room
Coffee received XRAY clearance and scheduled for delivery Friday middle of the day - it should get to our warehouse lunchtime.

We need to tidy out some odds and ends to make room

American Moka. Gout de Paris and Lady fox BX1 (250g x 5) with shipping for $29.99
limited time limited stock

Phin with free shipping offer still on - Click here so you may purchase freight free Espresso Phins from the store


Offer available for a limited time and limited quantity - all previous offers no longer valid -
13-07-2016
The container is on its way - Fresh supplies expected soon - track the ship on its way
Coffee is on the Wharf - waiting for XRAY - it may get through the port / customs/quarantine to our warehouse on Friday or it may not.

No point tracking it now

This times special is a free stainless steel espresso phin with every order over $40.

The espresso sized phin is a great low tech, portable way to make Vietnamese coffee - just add hot water to the coffee in the phin to have the genuine Vietnamese coffee flavour with our Viet-coffee range of coffees

Low tech and great for the environment your coffee grounds are great mulch for the garden or pot plants

When the container arrives we will have a range of interesting new products (stay tuned) and our favourites will be back in stock



Click here so you may purchase extra Phins from the store - they will ship for free if there is enough room in your current order otherwise you will get a credit in your rewards account for those unable to ship.


E.R. France The E.R. France
Offer available for a limited time and limited quantity - all previous offers no longer valid -
25-06-2016
EOFY sale - Viet-coffee going nuts!
EOFY sale - Viet-coffee going nuts! - spend $50 and get a free 100g pack of Honey roast Cashews. Ok so its past EOFY but we are still crazy about our nuts

We love our honey roast cashews - a decadent cocktail snack bound to impress your friends and great for sharing (or Not).

Cashews are a great nutritious snack and we feel are a terrific compliment to our coffee range .

A great between meal snack available all year round, cashews will give your salad a lift and make a great compliment to stir fry's or anywhere where you may have used peanuts.

Beneficial contents in nuts include Monounsaturated fats, Polyunsaturated fats, fibre, folate, bio-available antioxidant vitamins, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Epidemiological studies of nut consumption vs health outcomes show reduced risk of Coronary Heart Disease and having protective factors in the incidence of Type 2 Diabeties.

The following link is a summary of research available on nut consumption and heath benefits - cut and past this in to your browser to access http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257681/

Note: The above is not to be considered medical nutritional advice and if you have health concerns or special dietary needs they should be discussed with your nutritionist or medical practitioner

Click her so you may purchase extra nuts from the store - they will ship for free if there is enough room in your current order otherwise you will get a credit in your rewards account for those unable to ship.



Roasting in a pan
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