Where does your coffee come from? At Saigon Coffee Roastery, there is an extra effort to continue this discussion throughout the cafe; you’ll feel this as soon as you enter the shop and even at the bar when your coffee is ordered. The cafe has a little potted coffee plant, a display of 8 different coffee origins, and finally at the one big communal table, they had displays like this one: raw coffee at different states. What we really appreciate about this is that they extend the dialogue about coffee and they make coffee itself the conversation piece at the cafe.
Its called the Trinity One. When visiting Saigon Coffee Roastery, it was our first time to see this device in person so we decided to have it brewed this way. The Trinity One looks like a marriage between an aeropress and the portafilter you find on an espresso machine. It has a very heavy weight on top which extracts the coffee through a paper filter with the use of gravity, this method is supposed to make for a more consistent pressure throughout the brew.
One of the things we liked about this cafe was that the care given to each cup was really evident. They were generous about featuring different brew methods and on the table were different kinds of coffee beans, even letting you to touch green coffees on display as conversation pieces on the tables. They like exploring methods and they make you feel like you’re invited to explore with them.