As we all know, taste is a matter of debate, so as a new customer it is worth trying out different varieties to find your favourite coffee. Nevertheless, here are a few objective classifications of our coffees to make your decision easier:
Which Alambé coffee suits you best?
Sorted by caffeine content (from strongest to weakest):
Dak Lak Kon Tum Saigon Lam Dong Da Sar Da Lat
Dak Lak Kon Tum
Saigon Lam Dong
Da Sar (Typica) Da Lat (Bourbon)
Should you buy whole beans or ground coffee?
If you own an espresso machine, we recommend that you buy coffee in beans. All our coffees are suitable for this and only your personal taste is decisive in the choice.
Our grinds are adapted for the classic preparation methods such as Moka Pot, French Press and filter coffee, so that everyone can easily enjoy a high-quality coffee at home. Only if you already have your own grinder, we recommend buying the coffee beans. There are 2 reasons for this: on the one hand, our grinds are optimally adjusted; on the other hand, the uniformity of the ground coffee in cheap grinders can significantly limit the quality of the final cup.
We recommend that you choose the ground coffee according to the preparation method.
Ideal for the Mocha Pot: Dak Lak Kon Tum Saigon Lam Dong
Ideal for the French Press: Kon Tum Lam Dong Da Sar Da Lat
Ideal for filter coffee: Da Sar (Typica) Da Lat (Bourbon)
However, these are only the ideal preparation methods, it is quite possible to prepare a Da Sar or Da Lat in the Moka Pot, but you should not heat the coffee too much. This is because our Arabica varieties are roasted lighter and quickly taste "burnt" in the Moka Pot. This is a pity for the coffee, but also for the customer's wallet; you pay more for better coffee, but you can never fully enjoy it.
Each Alambé coffee represents a specific region of Vietnam, find out more here:
Dak Lak (100% Robusta in traditional Vietnamese style).
Today, Dak Lak is the most important producer of Robusta coffee beans in Vietnam and a major supplier to world markets.
The Robusta coffee from the region is emblematic of the traditionally strong Vietnamese coffee, as it was already served by the grandmother. By using only the best Robusta beans, it presents a strong and powerful coffee that is guaranteed to wake you up.
The orange colour of the pack represents the typical soil colour of the region and symbolises the rural coffee tradition of Vietnam.
Saigon (Vietnamese style house blend)
Saigon is the only name that does not represent a coffee region, but the location of the Alambé roastery in Vietnam. It represents the new urbanised face of Vietnam, embodied by the vibrant young metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City. Thus, while the coffee resembles the classic Vietnamese taste, a little Arabica adds a more exclusive twist to the classic Dak Lak Robusta coffee.
The blue colour of the packaging represents the classic blue of the neon lights that illuminate the city's turbulent nightlife.
Lam Dong (Italian-style house blend)
The Lam Dong region is a highland plain in Vietnam that allows the cultivation of more delicate Arabica varieties in the country. Temperatures can sometimes resemble a Swiss spring, making Lam Dong a sought-after destination for both European expats with homesick feelings and Vietnamese who want to take a break from the tropical climate.
The 50/50 blend of Arabica and Robusta symbolises this harmony of the region, where two cultures unite. The taste is similar to the typical Italian/European coffee taste, but does not lose its Vietnamese charm.
The purple colour represents the colour of the evening sky, which can be enjoyed at sunset on exquisite nights.
Kon Tum ("Honey-processed" Robusta)
Kon Tum is a region that is not necessarily known for its coffee, but rather for its beautiful green nature. Half of the entire region is still covered with forests, making it a popular destination for nature lovers. Kon Tum is also home to several ethnic minorities, making it an exciting cultural destination.
This Direct Trade Robusta coffee is also processed using the honey-process method and is sourced from a cooperative of several smallholder farmers in Kon Tum. This is more ecological than the usual methods because it requires less water.
Green stands for the untouched nature of the region, but also for the goal of being able to offer coffee in a more organic and sustainable way.
Da Sar (Arabica Typica)
In 1857, the French introduced coffee to Vietnam and at the beginning of the 20th century, the first Typica seeds were grown near the emerging city of Da Lat. As this variety is both low-yielding and very susceptible to the main coffee diseases, it was gradually replaced by the higher-yielding variety Catimor.
Today, Arabica Typica can only be found in a few places around Da Lat in Vietnam. One of these places is the village of the ethnic minority Da Sar. Harvested at the right time and properly prepared, this coffee develops delicate citrus blossom aromas.
The white colour of our Da Sar packaging stands for the purity of this Exclusive 100% Arabica Typica Speciality Coffee.
Da Lat (Arabica Bourbon)
Like Arabica Typica, the first Bourbon seeds were planted by the French near the emerging town of Da Lat in the early 20th century. Arabica Var. Bourbon is a rarity and has almost completely disappeared from Vietnam today. Thanks to a concentrated effort over 15 years between farmers, processors and us, there are now a few farms still growing this specialty coffee around Da Lat City.
Bourbon produces 20-30% more fruit than Typica, but is unfortunately more susceptible to all the major coffee diseases and pests. The high prices charged for this coffee are compensation for the difficult farming methods and low yields it produces compared to today's common Arabica varieties, which lack the distinctive flavours of Arabica Bourbon.
The white colour of our Da Lat packaging represents the purity of this Exclusive 100% Arabica Bourbon Speciality Coffee.