Durian Coffee – Glory or Gag?

By Mark Wiens 25 Comments
A fusion of two of the world's greatest things
A fusion of two of the world’s greatest things

Take the world’s greatest beverage and fuse it with the world’s greatest fruit (possibly the world’s greatest thing), and you’ve got durian coffee.

Yet even though it seems like a combination that’s so simple, it took a Malaysian Einstein with a stroke of culinary genius to come up with such a gourmet treat.

I was visiting a friend when he casually asked me if I’d like a cup of durian coffee.

My eyes must have bulged from their sockets – I had never even dreamed of such a creative and attractive brew.

And that’s how I had the pleasure of sipping on my first ever cup of durian coffee.

Malaysian Durian Coffee
Malaysian Durian Coffee

Hailing from Penang (an epicenter of Malaysian street food), it was concealed in a typical 4-in-1 sachet – coffee, milk, sugar, and durian.

Let me tell you, I had never been so excited about a cup of instant coffee ever before in my life.

As I peeled open the baggy, the all-so familier scent of man’s best friend (durian) erupted in a small gaseous aroma that could only be the product of something durian.

It was a mouthwatering smell.

The cup of coffee was by far the best cup of instant coffee I’d ever had, a rich concoction of creamy instant coffee with a noticeable durian dimension to it.

To be honest I thought the durian flavor should have been stronger – but as a durian lover, I’m sometimes immune to a dominating durian flavor or smell.

The more I drank the more the durian came through, a pleasant flavor that really worked well with the coffee.

So, Glory or Gag?

Well, if you don’t have a good relationship with durian, it may be a bit gag inducing…

…But as a voracious consumer of all things weird and pungent, I would have to say that durian coffee may be up there with the wheel as one of the world’s best inventions.

Glory to say the least.

Durian Coffee
Fresh Durian + Fresh Coffee = Unadulterated Glory

However, instant coffee is not my preference, nor is anything that’s been packaged up and mixed with lots of sugar.

So though I’ve never actually tried it before, how would a real coffee mixed with fresh durian be?

Someone on Facebook mentioned that they make great durian coffee in Bandung, Indonesia – maybe a food migration would be in order?

Anyone have any suggestions, comments, or tips?

What about you? Glory or gag?



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  • Aryanto

    2 years ago

    A brother in law send me a can of durian coffee few months back and you’re right it is a real deal!! The one I had was traditionally roasted and flavored. Not the instant one!! Yeayy I am luckier than you lol 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Aryanto, oh that’s awesome, haha, sounds delicious!

  • Val

    3 years ago

    Is this available in Davao City?

  • Claudine

    5 years ago

    I haven’t had durian, but I read a lot of stories about the smell. I read that it tastes great, but it smells horrible. I would like to try it as long as I can get past the smell.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Claudine, I think a lot of people dislike durian on their first try because of the smell, so when you have a chance to try it, definitely avoid smelling it first and just go right in for a big bite!

  • Gary Domingo

    5 years ago

    Hey Mark and Friends,

    The place which pioneered durian coffee in the Philippines, in Davao City, is Blugre’ Coffee, please check it out !

    Maraming Salamat Po !

    Gary

    http://www.blugre.com/

  • Annie

    5 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    I’d like to try this instant Durian coffee. Where can I find it? I live in Northern Virginia.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hi Annie, hmm, I’m not sure if you can get it in the States, maybe online? The only place I know you can get it is in Penang, Malaysia.

      • Annie

        5 years ago

        Thanks Mark!

  • Lindsay

    5 years ago

    Hey Mark,

    Cool to see you trying this. I actually brought my dad some of this same brand coffee for Christmas. He wasn’t a big fan, but then he doesn’t like durian.

    Rob and I have had a lot of durian coffees. it’s actually not that uncommon. The best by far was durian-coffee in Vietnam. Wow, that was good!

    Durian Coffee is also really common in the Philippines. If you remember that post I wrote for you awhile back, there’s even a whole coffee chain whose number one product is durian coffee. They’re called Blugre, and here’s the link where we tried it: http://www.yearofthedurian.com/2012/09/durian-coffee-shop.html

    I’ll be passing through Bangkok in May on my way to the World Durian Festival. Any interest in going? 🙂

    -Lindsay

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Lindsay, thanks for sharing, glad to hear about so many durian coffee experiences you’ve had. It’s such a fantastic combination. Cool to hear you’ll be passing through again, yah, would love to go, hopefully I’ll be around. Let me know when you’re going.

  • paul | walkflypinoy

    5 years ago

    I’ve heard they have it (real coffee, not instant) in Davao in Southern Philippines. I have yet to try it though. Both real and instant versions!

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Paul, yes someone mentioned that to me as well. Hoping to try the fresh version (or make it) soon!

  • Dale

    5 years ago

    I’d like to shoot straight past the dried variety & grab a cup full of fresh durian coffee. The idea entices me incredibly.

    I’d love to see a video of the process of making fresh durian coffee, that’d be amazing.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Dale, glad to hear that entices you too. Haven’t had a chance to do it yet, but durian season is coming.

  • Franca

    5 years ago

    Only recently I discovered the awesomeness of durian. At first I didn’t like it, but after trying it 3 times I now cannot stop searching for more at every fruit stall vendor I see.
    I am also a coffee lover and addicted, so the combination of the two interests me very much. I want to try durian coffee too! As you said I’d love a fresh coffee instead of instant though..
    I will hunt for it 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Franca, GREAT to hear you love durian now too, it really is the most amazing natural thing in the world. Let me know if you sample some durian coffee!

  • sully86

    5 years ago

    Mark: Aye caramba!! its the coffee durian!!

  • Stephanie – The Travel Chica

    5 years ago

    I’ve never had durian, but I think the worst part of this would have to be the instant coffee. I’ve never liked it but Latin America made me loathe nescafe.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Steph, yup I feel you on the instand coffee.