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Vietnam Robusta Central Highlands


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Cupping Notes
Vietnam Robusta is generally stronger, nuttier, and darker than Arabica coffee.

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  • CategoryConventional
  • CountryVietnam
  • Local RegionSouthern Central Highlands
  • ProcessSemi Washed
  • VarietyRobusta
  • Altitude (meters)400-800 masl
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • DecaffeinatedNo
Starting at $6.10 / lb
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Vietnam has become the world's largest robusta producer, and the second-largest coffee producer. The area most known for this production is the southern Central Highlands region. Robusta beans are known by their name because they are full-bodied, robust beans with a higher caffeine content than arabica. Robusta beans contain generally 265.00 mg per 8.00 fl. oz cup which is extremely high! Most robusta beans are bought for their high caffeine content and the longer-lasting crema!

Cupping Notes: Coffee made from robusta coffee beans are stronger, nuttier, and darker than arabica coffee.

Customer Reviews

Average Rating
April 2, 2022

First of all let me admit I ordered this by mistake. Not really sure how it happened but I typically wouldn’t order 3lbs of any robusta coffee but if I did there would 5lbs of a decent arabica to cut it with. This for me was a very confusing coffee, I tried light med and dark roast and none of them hit the mark for me. However coffee is a personal preference no matter what blend or type. Taste for me was toooo earthy almost dirty. It won’t be hitting my roaster again I’m afraid , but some people like it. Just not my cup of joe……I now have 1.5lbs of Vietnamese coffee free to a good home!

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May 12, 2021

My son and I share the passion of roasting coffee, he followed the path I had blazed, and we often shared experiences with various beans, we both use Coffee bean corral exclusively. One day he walks in and plops a large zip-lock of this Vietnamese Robusta in my hand and says try it... its different... I have never tried Robusta ever in my 15 years of coffee snobbery roasting. it is what it is... cant complain, yeah it doesn't taste like anything, look at the reviews, yes i felt the caffeine punch, if i was into blending, then i could see its usefulness as an added punch of pep, and maybe the crema... i believe it could bring its qualities into a blend without distracting from the flavor virtues of other beans. it lacks the brilliance and complexity of the other beans I have been loving and enjoying over the years.good or bad depends. as for the roast it was an experience like no other bean. pay attention, the first crack was silent, and of any other bean in my experience, it produce almost zero chaff... the first sign of crack was when the second crack started. and then i noticed this... the beans did not roast evenly, if a rainbow was shades of brown... these beans were the rainbow, light to dark and shiny. I am no expert but it made me wonder if a mix of farms and their beans made this batch. i wish i could post a picture here. when i have guests and proudly serve my coffees from very specific origins and outstanding flavor, i discourage sugar and flavored creamers, kind of like i discourage slamming shots of top shelf Scotch or Tequila or Bacanora... but then, there are people who insist that's the way they do it... I see this coffee as a perfect one to serve for those who don't care about the subtle tasting notes and just blindly dump sugar and flavored creamers into their coffee... it has its place and my Respect, even here and now i have never spent so much energy on a review of a coffee. because it was so different. good luck all and May the coffee Gods bless us all

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April 10, 2022

Vietnam Robusta is a special animal, especially to roast. If you know what you're buying it won't be a surprise. There's a reason it's generally not viewed by coffee lovers as a great cup on it's own, though some people like that way. . I use it only one way. That's to make a Vietnamese coffee drinks with condensed sweetened milk. It's flavor and caffeine content are a good match for the sweetness of the condensed milk.

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January 22, 2022

I got these to blend in with Timor beans for an extra caffeine kick for own version of Death Wish coffee. The blend ratio is 25% Vietnam Robusta and 75% Timor. I personally prefer Both brought to a dark roast. I'm pretty happy with it, as is my wife. I do want to point out that the Vietnam Robusta beans roast a lot faster and at a lower temperature that the Timor beans, so roast the separately, or the Robusta will catch fire before the Timor barely starts second Crack. I'll definitely by more!

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December 30, 2021

I have tried very many of the CBC beans and thought I would give this low-ender a try for context. I had the same problems most of the other reviewers had. There were no audible or visual indicators of how the roast was progressing and, strangely, no husk. The biggest disappointment was the taste. It had a moldy, stale flavor that was very off-putting. Don't know if that's from the bean or the storage method and duration. I found it to be undrinkable but as you can see from some of these reviews, different folks, different tastes.

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December 13, 2021

Honestly, I read the reviews and I was skeptical. It is harder to roast, but the nuttiness makes for a good cup of coffee. My caffeine lovers are lining up for me to get more of this bean in so they can order bags of it. I'm also experimenting with making blends with this for those that want more caffeine, but not as much as a cup of this would give them. I do notice it is slightly harder to grind it to make a good pour over, but it does work. Just needs a bit more tweaking for a good cup of coffee. And anyone that says the dredges from a chain restaurant taste better than this needs to be patient and work on their roasting. For my roaster, first crack with this bean happens later (@415F), which means my medium roast goes to about 430F. I might take it to 435F next try just to see if it does a little better.

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March 21, 2021

I tried roasting these in my SR300. It seemed as if they did not want to get dark. I never heard a crack. I roasted them till they finally appeared dark and as I suspected I it was too long. What little taste it had was not good. I've always been more than pleased with the beans I get from CBC so I'm sure it's something I'm doing wrong, especially with these particular beans. Any advice on achieving the correct roast will be greatly appreciated.

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March 4, 2021

I tried different roast levels and brewing methods with no real positive results. Will probably have to use as a blend,

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December 29, 2022

I have only one experience with these beans, but I found them unpleasant. I tried an expresso roast—these beans were recommended for espresso—but found the flavor undesirable. I also tried a dark roast, but the same straw/sunflower flavor was prevalent. The sunflower flavor has been mentioned by other reviewers and may be an intended taste, but it does not appeal to me. If you are roasting these beans, the 1st and 2nd cracks are not very audible, so you must be more vigilant to roasting times. The flavors may suit others, but I just wanted to let others have this information. I also had issues with the quality of the beans; many green beans were black and looked molded or not adequately filtered out from the good beans. Others have also made comments about this with these beans in particular. All in all, I would not purchase these again.

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November 4, 2022

The aroma while roasting was great. It has a very sunflowery taste to it. It smells like sunflowers when you grind it. I wasn't to sure about the taste but it has turned out to be one that I will buy again.

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October 20, 2022

Really wanted to love these beans but I think like some of the other reviewers I had a bad batch. Nearly half the bag of the beans were unusable (mold, insect infested, black beans). With what was left it just didn’t roast well. Such a bummer because I normally love Vietnamese coffee.

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June 18, 2022

First time ordering & roasting these beans. I brought them to a French Roast level in my SR 540. These beans give off a very pungent aroma after roasting. After letting these sit for a couple of weeks, I brewed them as an espresso in my Moka pot. Definitely bold tasting & quite a caffeine kick! Might want to “cut” them with a little cream in your cup.

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June 9, 2022

Roasting in a Behmor.... pay attention as first crack is not as prominent as other varieties of beans. It can go to second crack real quick without you realizing it and you're stuck with a charred roast. However, roast this to just after first crack and you get a really nice cup. Darker roasts work good for the Vietnamese sink with sweetened condensed milk.

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April 1, 2022

My wife and in-laws are Vietnamese. I’m also learning the language. This sparked an interest in learning about the country’s huge contribution to the global coffee industry and about roasting the beans. At a cinnamon roast, it’s surprisingly sweet. Roasted beyond 2nd crack, it’s hearty and full-bodied. I roasted it both ways and gave some to my in-laws. I think they love me a little more now.

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August 18, 2021

Twelve of our clients really love this coffee. In fact, I delivered 2 bags to a couple yesterday. The man actually hugged the bag, smelled the coffee through the valve and said thank you thank you, thank you. Robusta has an undeserved bad rep but the true coffee lovers we serve just love it. Will always keep this coffee in stock for our customers. Thank you. Convoy Road Coffee Roasters

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June 30, 2021

This is some really good coffee and sits as my second favorite! Having low expectations, I toyed with it, split the pound into quarters, roasted four different ways, and mixed them together. The brew is a smooth, full-bodied delight! Ordering more pounds!

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April 6, 2021

Most flavorful coffee I’ve ever tasted.

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March 12, 2021

I recently learned about Robusta Coffee, so I called and ordered some, which came speedily. I roasted it and ground my first cup and all I can say it was simply wonderful. I don't look for the amount of caffeine in my bean, I look for the flavor and seeing this was something new to Coffee Bean Corral's line up, I wanted to order it and did with no regrets. Will order this again. (y)

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August 31, 2023

While a challenge to roast as the first crack is very subtle and oh do be careful if you miss it because second crack is even quieter. The chaff is very minimal as well, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I enjoy the hardiness of this bean ... the aroma is industrial so you know you've got coffee. The flavor is firm but not overpowering ... however, coffee is relative. If you like a robust cup, this is the one to run with. CBC is my go too for Vietnamese beans and I have yet to be disappointed. If you want solid, strong coffee flavor get it ... however maybe don't so there will be some for me.

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July 25, 2023

First experience w/ Robusta which I've read was a bit stronger/harsher than Arabica but I'm a dark roast person so was curious. Roasted 3 batches: light, medium, and dark. Light: Brewed darker than expected w/ definite earthy notes. Not bad! Medium: Other than darker, could not tastec the difference from light. Dark: Other than darker, could not taste the difference from medium. Non-eventful. Disappointing. Won't purchase again but maybe good for light roast folks. Note: There was very few cracking (1st and 2nd) so you need to pay attention visually as medium and dark roasts will sneak up on you. At least there was hardly any chaff to clean up.

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June 6, 2023

Poor quality bean, very uneven roast. Doesn't want to brown up, or crack. Many beans never roast well at all. Don't recommend. Lacks flavor.

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June 2, 2023

My staple Robusta coffee... strong flavor and just the right amount of nuttiness to it. Excellent mouth-feel and perfect for the morning French Press.

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January 2, 2023

Very high caffine, good flavor with earthy aroma and taste. I roasted it full city

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December 13, 2022

This has the same stimulating/relaxing/pleasant feeling as the other two Robustas offered by CBC but has some trash in it. Also I prefer the taste of the other two.

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November 3, 2022

This is the second time I've ordered these beans and it's just as good as the last time. Gor every pound of coffee i roast, regardless of type, 4 of the 16 ounces is this robusta to provide an extra kick of caffeine. I'll definitely buy more in the future.

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July 18, 2022

I love this for way it Smoothes out any break I use it with. I roast to Full City+, and some coffees can get a little bitter. Plus the little extra caffeine never hurts

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April 9, 2022

Excellent coffee. The scent and taste is incredible! Very good for blending with other origins. Thx

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March 5, 2022

Moka pot, Aeropress, french press, vacuum pot; roasts from light to dark; by itself or blended in; this is not only a little pleasantly extra buzzy, it actually tastes great. The flavor is more quartet than a full orchestra, but the Beatles managed to sound pretty good even before they could afford the London Philharmonic as a backup band. I don't (coudn't) drink it all day. For weekend mornings, or as an eye-opener for an extra early morning, this is quite nice.

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February 12, 2022

Very unique flavor, we went with a dark roast. Excellent flavor!

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January 25, 2022

Be prepared! This bean will amaze you!! Firstly, if you don't already, spread the beans on a cookie sheet to pick through them, there'll be a few unsavory characters in there, plus some lint from the pa ckaging..., no biggy! The aromas during roasting were quite unexpected, changing and growing as the roast progressed. One of the most exciting roasts I've done! The development after first crack is really fast - be ready to move!! After removing the beans the cracking continued longer than any other bean I' ve roasted. This actually helped even out the overall color. After cooling and degassing comes the excitement of the first grind and, once again, the aromas are intense! First cup yeilded a full bodied, yet mellow brew. Very satisfying. Makes an awesome cappuccino, and adding chocolate gives new meaning to moccaccino!! Will definately buy again and suggest you do too!!

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January 23, 2022

Great bean for trying something very different. If you're tired of the same old thing, this is a fun bean to experiment with. I am beginning to use it as a blend. It is as CBC says it is...very nutty and earthy, but not American earthy. It tastes like a coffee from a distant land...something not experienced before. Some coffees I made were terrible. Others were pleasant, so I'm guessing there is a window where this coffee can reign and other methods where this coffee is not as pleasant.

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December 15, 2021

This bean is a very goo bean if roasted to the correct point. It needs to be roasted to just after first crack to have a great coffee. Also roast it to a deep french roast and use it as an addition to the light roast to give it more body.

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September 8, 2021

Admittedly I was attracted to try this coffee because of the price point and because I had not yet tried a robusta. As I most often do with a new bean I roasted my first batch in gradients. I found that a light medium roast was very enjoyable as was an espresso roast but that medium through dark roast did not have much character.

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August 2, 2021

Delicious, especially at dark roast. And it packs a nice caffeine punch. I have customers who want to know when they can buy more from me.

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June 18, 2021

This bean makes an excellent and tasty espresso. I am puzzled by other’s roasting comments; the roast profile was straightforward with my Gene Cafe and every batch was even and consistent. It is wonderful to have access to another interesting robusto.

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March 10, 2021

This is a tough one to review. It's hard to review anything according to taste because, as we all know, taste is completely subjective. My wife and I, being fairly new to the coffee bean roasting game, were excited to try this Vietnamese bean because we had really enjoyed other Asian beans. This tastes nothing like anything else we've had. We drank the entirety of the the 1/2 lb I roasted to a medium/dark level. It is earthy, it is nutty, though maybe not in the way I would have liked. We will probably be giving the remaining 1/2lb of the 1lb bag we purchased to someone else with a "you really should give this a try and tell us what you think" attached to it. Here is where this bean shines: If you are looking to show people how vastly different coffees can indeed taste; that not all coffee tastes the same, then this would be a great example of how a Robusta differs from an Arabica or even just help clearly show the range of flavors that can be found. This is not a BAD coffee, but it is DIFFERENT. I would recommend everyone who is experimenting with roasting and tasting coffee to at least get a 1/2lb sample just to further enhance your palate a further deepen your understanding of coffee and its range of flavors. As far as Coffee Bean Corral goes, they always get a 5 star rating from us!

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March 4, 2021

We roasted it to second crack, and tried making it two ways: through espresso machine and coffee brewer. We tried hot and iced. The caffein kick is strong and not a very good high(?) Compared to our other organic roasts from here. We preferred iced and with milk and sugar, but it did not taste like the Vietnamese iced coffee that we buy from the restaurants.

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February 21, 2022

Hello I would like to know if the seeds are suitable for cultivation?

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December 16, 2021

Robusta coffees generally aren’t roasted as stand alone coffees because, as many commentators noted, it actually doesn’t taste very good. So it’s usually blended for two reasons: partly to cover up the flavor and to partly to add an extra caffeine kick, like a morning coffee when your shift starts at 6 am. It’s also used in espresso to enhance the foamy layer on the espresso cup (the one the baristas draw pictures in).

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May 29, 2021

This was my second time roasting this bean, the first time it got burnt as the first crack is almost none existent. The second time I roasted to second crack. The bean has a very earthy flavor, not what I like for a coffee. Will try a different roast level and see if that changes anything.

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May 17, 2021

If I could give this negative stars, I would. It did not roast properly and smelled burnt. It wasn’t worth my time to grind and brew. I will not buy this again.

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November 3, 2021

As a coffee lover, I don't want to rate this bean as the worst, but have no choice. This is a really bad one or really good one only for savvy roasting master. Since I use a cheap popcorn air blower to roast it, I'm not in the position to give it negative review, but I can't resist. This coffee beans won't change their color much while roasting, no cracking sound, either. I guess I roasted it too long although beans are still in light brown, more like yellowish. I usually roast beans for 5 minutes each, and this time I roasted for 7 minutes since the color didn't change from light brown. It tastes really acid, yes burnt. Denny's coffee tastes better. I know it's my fault perhaps roasting too long with a cheap popcorn maker. But I have never burnt beans before and Ethiopian, Kenya, and Rwanda beans always taste heavenly good. I was shocked by this taste. My tung still feels so bitter. Somebody, tell me. Should I throw this away since it's too burnt, or this is the taste of this bean? If so, Starbucks coffee could be the best on this planet to praise. That'd be the end of the world to me. Roasting instruction to this type of peculiar type of beans from experts would be appreciated before a novice roaster like me tries one. By the way, I'm not dismissing Coffee Bean Corral at all. I'll continue patronizing them as my favorite green bean vender. It's just this is my first experience that I got so shocked of the tastes.

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