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Vietnamese Coffee Guide

Vietnamese Coffee Guide (Iced, Hot or Egg Coffee)

What is Vietnamese Coffee?

Vietnamese coffee is a traditional Vietnamese recipe using Vietnamese coffee beans and roast. It is called cà phê đá. A French Catholic priest introduced coffee to this region. Vietnam now produces the Robusta variety of coffee beans, which is more flavourful and well liked.

  1. Cà Phê Sữa Đá (Coffee with Milk and Ice) This is usually what people refer to when they mentioned Vietnam Coffee. Strong dark roast beans, with condensed milk and poured into a cup of ice cubes for that refreshing drink. The condensed milk adds a sweet ting to your java.
  2. Cà Phê Sữa Nóng (Hot Coffee with Milk) Skip the ice, and just drink the hot coffee on its own if you prefer your beverage hot.
  3. Cà Phê Đen (Coffee Black). No ice nor milk. Strong and no nonsense brew.
  4. Cà Phê Đen Đá (Coffee Black Ice) . No milk, but iced for a refreshing drink.

The region in South East Asia has a climate and suitable altitude that are ideal for the coffee plants. You may be surprised by the strong flavours of Cambodian or Laos coffee beans.

How do you make a Vietnamese Coffee?

Vietnamese Coffee

how to make vietnamese coffee

  1. Select dark roast Vietnamese coffee beans.
  2. Grind the beans to medium to coarse ground, about 1.5 tablespoon or 0.9 ounce (25 grams)
  3. Place in a small traditional metal Vietnamese drip filter over a cup
  4. Add hot water to the metal filter and let the hot coffee drip slowly into the cup
  5. Once finished, pour the coffee into a glass of ice cubes
  6. Enjoy your iced Vietnamese coffee.

You can have your hot Vietnamese coffee if you skip the ice cubes and just have the coffee hot and fresh! And if you like it with milk, Vietnamese coffee uses condensed milk for that sweet, unique taste!

Is Vietnamese Coffee espresso?

Yes, Vietnamese coffee is very similar to espresso. It is strong and thick in a small cup. Many people who tasted it find it similar to espresso. The unique taste is enhanced by the addition of condensed milk and ice.

Vietnamese Coffee with Condensed Milk

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Strong Vietnamese coffee mixed with a dose of condensed milk for the sweet hit. Vietnam does not have a strong dairy industry at the beginning, so they used condensed milk instead of fresh milk. This become part of their traditional drink and it tastes good too!

How do you make a Vietnamese Coffee with condensed milk?

  1. Select dark roast Vietnamese coffee beans.
  2. Grind the beans to medium to coarse ground (1.5 tablespoons)
  3. Place in a small traditional metal Vietnamese drip filter over a cup
  4. Add hot water to the metal filter and let the hot coffee drip slowly into the cup
  5. Add 2 tablespoon of condensed milk for each cup.
  6. Once finished, pour the coffee into a glass of ice cubes (if you prefer iced beverage)
  7. Enjoy your iced Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk

How do you make a Vietnamese Egg Coffee?

Vietnamese Egg Coffee

Vietnamese Egg Coffee

You make Vietnamese egg coffee the same way as Vietnamese coffee, with additional egg yolk whipped with condensed milk. The locals call it “cà phê trứng”

  1. Select dark roast Vietnamese coffee beans.
  2. Grind the beans to medium to coarse ground (1.5 tablespoons)
  3. Place in a small traditional metal Vietnamese drip filter over a cup
  4. Add hot water to the metal filter and let the hot coffee drip slowly into the cup
  5. Whip egg yolk with condensed milk into an airy froth
  6. Add this egg froth into the dark coffee.
  7. Enjoy your Egg Coffee, the Vietnamese alternative to tiramisu or eggnog.

Does Starbucks have Vietnamese Coffee?

Vietnamese Iced Coffee on Starbucks

Vietnamese Iced Coffee on Starbucks

Here is a life-hack for ordering “Vietnamese coffee” in Starbucks. They do not call it Vietnamese coffee, the Starbucks baristas probably do not even know what is Vietnamese coffee.

At Starbucks,

  1. order 3 shots of espresso with 3 pumps of white mocha in a small cup (Starbucks for small cup = Grande)
  2. Mix in ice cubes, stir
  3. Enjoy your Vietnamese coffee hack!

What about Laos Coffee? What makes them so unique?

Laos is situated between Vietnam and Thailand.

Laos is next to Vietnam and Thailand Map

Laos is next to Vietnam and Thailand Map

Laos is a landbound nation with high plateau and mountains. The coffee farms are blessed with cooler air in the higher altitude regions of 4265 feet to 6900 feet (1300m to 2100m).

The coffee unique from this region is starting to attract coffee lovers as an exotic gourmet coffee to be savored and enjoyed.  You may prefer their strong single original Laos coffee beans from 1300m attitude (F1 Coffee), or you can have a blend of “Mountain-Forest”  (F5 Coffee) that is so popular with visitors from France and Europe. You may love these wonderful, unqiue and rare great tasting coffee beans.