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March is Caffeine Awareness Month! To celebrate, Nguyen Coffee Supply is unpacking the science behind caffeine and why Vietnamese robusta coffee is so strong. While many use this month to take stock of their caffeine intake (which we support), we’re using this month to shine a light on its benefits.
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With its ability to grow in various conditions while being less resource intensive relative to arabica, robusta coffee may be the coffee industry’s hope for long term success.
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Nguyen Coffee Supply Founder Sahra Nguyen appeared on The Recount to discuss the rising cost of coffee, the true and hidden costs behind your daily cup, supply chain shortages, how climate change affects coffee, and much more in this comprehensive video.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major issues in virtually all facets of modern society and the coffee supply chain is no exception. Along with many food products, coffee is getting more expensive with each passing day. 
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Behind arabica coffee, robusta coffee is the second most widely consumed type of coffee globally and makes up about 40% of the global coffee industry. One may find this figure surprising given that virtually none of the conversation within the industry focuses on robusta.
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By the mid-1900s, most of the production was clustered in the Central Highlands of Vietnam where over 80% of the coffee continues to be grown to this day, namely robusta.
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Robusta coffee is one of two main types of coffee consumed around the world, most of which is produced in Vietnam, the second largest coffee producing country in the world. Over 90% of the coffee grown in Vietnam is exported to other countries. The United States is the third largest importer of Vietnamese coffee behind Germany and Italy.
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Historically, most of the robusta coffee produced globally has been used in blends of instant coffee and espresso by large companies with mass commercial coffee products. For much of its history, robusta has been rendered invisible and in secrecy, stripped of its origin or label on packages.
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Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world with over two billion cups being enjoyed every day. The two most widely consumed types of coffee are arabica and robusta. While arabica is more commonly consumed in cafes and coffee shops in countries such as the United States, robusta coffee is rising in popularity as the next wave of coffee.
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Watch as our Founder Sahra Nguyen demonstrates how to brew the perfect cup of Vietnamese coffee while answering common questions and troubleshooting issues using a Vietnamese phin filter. From the amount of coffee to the time metrics for the phin filter, she covers all the steps needed to ensure that every cup of coffee you brew is delicious.
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What does 'direct trade' mean and why is it important? It's all about elevation, transparency, and cultural integrity.
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What does 'single origin' mean? It can mean a country, region, or a single farm where coffee is produced. Single origin is important for transparency and equity along the supply chain!
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How do you clean and take care of a phin filter? Follow our visual guide on how to maintain and care for your phin filter so that it lasts a lifetime. Hand washing recommended!
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What happens when the gravity press flips to the side while brewing coffee? Don't worry, it's normal and happens! Here's our solution to your fresh coffee blooming.
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What happens if you have the right grind size for your phin filter, but your coffee isn't dripping? Troubleshoot your Vietnamese phin filter with this handy trick!
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How much caffeine does a cup of phin filter brewed coffee have? It depends! Various factors such as the type of coffee, roast level, and amount of coffee you use affect the exact amount of caffeine in your final brew.
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Here's our golden ratio for brewing coffee using a Vietnamese phin filter. Adjust these ratios to your personal preferences!
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A cross between a pour over and a French press, the Vietnamese phin filter makes the perfect cup of strong, bold coffee every time.
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What is the phin filter? Some call it the phin drip, Vietnamese coffee maker, Vietnamese coffee press, etc. Learn more about Vietnam's beloved coffee brew tool that's eco-friendly, portable, and no-waste!

Try our arabica and robusta specialty, single origin Vietnamese coffee here.

Pair your Vietnamese coffee with a traditional phin filter to get an experience unlike any other.

See our Ultimate Guide to Vietnamese Coffee here.

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