Buying coffee in Vietnam
Hi all - anyone bought coffee in Vietnam? We are here for another few days and I normally use my EM6910 to make lattes so normally just buy arabica beans, but the Vietnamese phin (drip through an aliminium coarse filter) coffee with condensed milk is divine. It's robusta though. Anyone used robusta in an epresso machine?
You can use Robusta in an espresso machine, it will work exactly the same as Arabica (except the result ).
What's divine about the Vietnamese coffee is probably the amount of sugar and fat they manage to squeeze into it, and the sharpness of the Robusta cuts through that. You could try with a dark roast Arabica. In my early days I used beans from a company next door to my week that used ~10% Robusta in their blend to improve the appearance of the crema. Other than the terrible quality you wouldn't know the difference.
So I bought some beans - for next to nothing I had a laugh - and yes - the quality is really quite awful! But with a bigger serving of milk I can kind of get a decent cup as like someone said, the robusta cuts through everything!
Italian(s) Roasts use Robusta almost exclusively. It is said to be more tolerant of a hotter longer, therefore darker roast.
Originally Posted by latte1978