FAQs

What is Vietnamese coffee?

Vietnamese coffee is coffee made with coffee beans grown in Vietnam.

What about sweetened condensed milk? 

Sweetened condensed milk is common with coffee in Vietnam. But condensed milk is not the determining factor of “Vietnamese coffee” beverages.

Most importantly, they must be using coffee beans from Vietnam to call it a Vietnamese coffee beverage.

Mythbuster: some places add condensed milk to their house coffee (using a South American or African bean) and call it “Vietnamese Coffee” … but this is not correct! That's just their coffee with condensed milk. 

Mythbuster: Cafe Du Monde is not a Vietnamese brand, and they are not transparent about where they get their beans. In fact, most people in Vietnam have never heard of Cafe Du Monde.

Mythbuster: Cafe Du Monde has a popular brand that adds chicory to their coffee (as a filler to cut the bitterness).  In Vietnam, they do NOT add chicory to their coffee.

What is the difference between the two offerings: Loyalty and Courage?

Loyalty is the NCS signature blend -- made with both robusta beans and arabica beans -- for a smooth balance of nutty, chocolatey, and a hint of fruit. It’s designed to be your everyday coffee.

Vietnam is most famous for its robusta beans.

Courage is 100% arabica beans -- which is a lighter and fruitier coffee. It’s also a rare specialty bean of Vietnam since it’s less than 10% of Vietnam’s total coffee production. Courage is also excellent as an everyday coffee or espresso.

Both bags are 100% organic Vietnamese coffee beans, with no added ingredients or artificial flavors.

What is direct trade?

Direct trade means that Nguyen Coffee Supply works directly with the farmer in Vietnam -- there is no middleman. Sahra handles all business communication with her farmer over chat, in Vietnamese. Through this process, they develop a positive, transparent, and sustainable relationship built upon trust and honesty.

NCS is registered with the FDA and works with an amazing customs broker to process all direct shipments properly.

What is single origin?

Single origin means that the beans are from one country -- sometimes that means a specific city or even a specific farm.

In this case, NCS beans are all from 1 farm in Da Lat, Vietnam.

What does that mean for me?

Generally, single origin indicates higher quality beans because they are not mixed with beans from multiple countries where it becomes harder to track each country’s production quality.

What is the difference between robusta beans and arabica beans?

In the coffee world, there are two main species of coffee beans: robusta and arabica.

Robusta beans have 60% less sugar and 60% less fats than arabica beans.

Robusta beans have nearly 2x the caffeine content of arabica beans.

Generally, this means that robusta beans are stronger, and more bold / robust in flavor. For farming, it also means that they are more disease resistant

Arabica beans have less caffeine content than robusta, and 60% more sugar and 60% more fat than robusta, which is why they tend to be lighter, sweeter, and fruitier.

What does green bean mean?

Green bean means coffee beans that have not been roasted yet. So NCS imports green beans from Vietnam, and then fresh roasts them every week in Brooklyn.

Where do you roast?

We roast in Brooklyn, NY at a commercial roasting facility.

Did you know …?

  1. Vietnam is the second largest producer of coffee in the world.

  2. Vietnam is the #1 producer of robusta beans in the world.

(This means that A LOT of people in the world are drinking coffee made from beans grown in Vietnam, but may not know it -- which means it’s actually a very familiar flavor profile!)

     3) Our coffee farm is certified organic and clean in Vietnam, using all natural biofertilizers.

     4) NCS is the first Vietnamese-American owned importer, supplier, and roaster of organic green beans from Vietnam in the United States.

     5) NCS is founded and owned by a 1st generation, Vietnamese American woman and Millennial.