One weekend last year we had a busier than anticipated couple of days which meant we ran out of coffee from our usual supplier by lunchtime Sunday.
Rather than leaving customers caffeineless, we sourced some coffee at the next door Thuy Thanh shop. Following a recent recommendation, we tried the Cafes Folliet brand from Les Vergers Du Mekong.
Bracing ourselves for complaints we watched as regulars did a double take at their coffee then eagerly sipped on. We received more compliments on the brew in a couple of hours that we had in the previous two years.
By chance we visited a nearby restaurant that evening and our after-dinner coffees arrived in Cafes Folliet cups and it too went down very well.
With the new Tho Xuong branch replacing the old Au Trieu one and with a new coffee machine installed we put off making the leap but we’re chuffed to be going Vietnamese – albeit aligned with a little French know how.
It’s our customers’ tastes that matter but to these taste buds I’d describe the new brew as a little bit stronger. Can I say it’s got a bit more personality without that sounding a little too food writer?
A little bit of info from the website, the coffee consists of: “Arabica from small farmers of the Highlands in Vietnam, Robusta from different Vietnamese regions and different blends.”
A quick peruse of the back of the coffee bag and it promises caffeine of between 2.2% and 2.4%
In short it’s a world away from the moca-like Vietnamese coffee that works so well with sweet milk and ice but less well as espresso. However, we’re also going to be looking at more iced options once the warmer weather sets in and may utlise more of Les Vergers Du Mekong’s range for this purpose.
Beyond buying local (albeit from the South) we’re also delighted to see our new suppliers’ commitment to the environment.
Coffee is important to us and our customers. That’s why we lug 30 kilo machines back from the UK. It’s why we’ve imported proper double walled takeaway ripple cups. It’s why we stock KeepCups for those who want takeaway but not the waste (we love these people the most). Everyone has their favourite brand and you can’t please them all but Cafe Folliets has had only compliments so far.
We’ll slowly be switching over the branding from our old supplier. The cups are being replaced, the signs are coming down, we’ll try and weed out the many mentions on the website. But yes, the coffee we’re serving is now Vietnamese.