We’re excited to share our very first Vietnamese coffee with you: the dark and delicious Opal Bold, new from artisan roaster Fundamental. This cup is delicate, but robust, with an aroma of sweet brown sugar and fragrant cedar, a toasty body like malty dark beer, and a clean finish with a hint of tobacco and cracked pepper. Spicy like an Indonesian and smooth like a Hawaiian, this classic Vietnamese cup is a real delight for dark roast lovers.
Vietnam’s misty central highlands are a secret oasis of high-grown, specialty coffees like this one. Vietnam is the second largest coffee producing country in the world, just behind Brazil—a coffee powerhouse beginning with French colonies in the mid-1800s. While 90% of its coffee is lower-grade Robusta for the commodity market, Vietnam has been quietly making big strides with their specialty beans. This roast comes from the mountains surrounding Da Lat, a picturesque, flower-filled town known as Vietnam’s “City of Eternal Spring” and a popular eco-tourism destination. Coffee plants thrive in the cool, breezy climate, located at 1,500 meters above sea level. Da Lat coffees are similar to some of our best-loved Sumatrans, with a pleasant soft acidity, classic notes of woodsy, nutty spice, and a savory, satisfying finish.
Vietnam Opal Bold was hand-selected by Fundamental Coffee Co., a prominent Seattle roaster and importer dedicated to the art of dark roasted coffee. This unique, complex Vietnamese coffee is his latest creation, refined to the perfect toasty flavor balance. Enjoy this cup black, or with a splash of condensed milk “Vietnamese style”, for an easy-sipping dark roast with the soul of a stout beer. Reserve a bag of Fundamental’s exclusive Vietnam Opal Bold, and make your morning into the real happy hour.
||★★★★★||★★★★★ I got it in a sample box and was pleasantly surprised. The smell was sweet and the taste was as described. It was pleasantly bitter (if there is such a thing). I drank it black. 1:15 french press.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Really good flavor. Would purchase again. Great for espresso|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Brewed this coffee in a Kalita wave pour over. It was a bit darker than I typically like, but would be nice Vietnamese style with an authentic condensed milk.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ I guess it's more a 3.5. Seems like getting it brewed just right made a big difference, for the first few attempt it came out kind of bitter and harsh, but on the last one it had a real nice taste of toasty stout and cedar with a slight peppery finish. Brewed french press.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ I have a very amateurish palate, but this blend sure tasted like a light-medium roast to me. Which was fine, because it was delicious, really a lot of floral, almost herbal notes to it. Would order again for sure.|