Vietnamese coffee is a very strong and sweet coffee popular in Vietnam. This intensely brewed concentrate is creamy, rich, smooth in texture, and has a bold flavor. Learn how to make Vietnamese coffee with and without using the Vietnamese filter.
About This Recipe
Vietnamese coffee is a strong coffee that is very popular in Vietnam and you will find many street-side shops or cafes selling it. Rich, flavorful, and sweet, this coffee is also called ‘Ca Phe Sua’ in the local language.
To make this beverage, freshly brewed coffee is mixed with condensed milk and it can be served hot or chilled. People in Vietnam prefer hot coffee in the morning while iced coffee is served during the day when it starts to get hot.
Vietnamese coffee is usually served in a small clear heatproof glass, with a layer of sweet thick milk at the bottom and a stainless steel filter sitting on top of the cup. Another glass filled with ice is served along for the ones who want to have Vietnamese iced coffee.
When the coffee is done dripping, you just stir it with condensed milk. You can then drink it immediately or pour this mixture over ice if you want to drink it chilled.
Traditionally, a Vietnamese Phin (pronounced ‘feen’) Filter is used to brew coffee, but you can use the regular stovetop brewer or any other method to make your brew.
You can buy the Vietnamese filter from online portals such as Amazon, Ali Express, etc. Also, if you get a chance to visit Vietnam, it’s the best place to buy those coffee makers.
Coffee – Any medium grind French roast coffee can be used to make Vietnamese coffee. Check out Trung Nguyen Brand for authentic Vietnamese flavors.
You can brew it using a Vietnamese Phin filter or use French Press or Moca Pot. A simple drip machine also works great.
Condensed Milk – Vietnamese coffee uses sweetened condensed milk instead of regular milk. Additional sugar is not required as it gets enough sweetness from the condensed milk. Try the Longevity brand which is also used by most Vietnamese cafes in the US.
Ice Cubes – To make it chilled (Vietnamese Iced Coffee), lots of ice cubes are added. If you don’t want ice cubes to dilute your coffee as they melt, then freeze some brewed coffee in ice trays. Use these cubes in place of regular ice.
How To Make Vietnamese Coffee
I am using a Phin Filter to brew the coffee but you can use any method that you prefer. I sometimes use my French Press Cold Brew to make this coffee and it tastes fabulous.
This is how the Vietnamese Phin Coffee Filter looks. It comes in various sizes. I am using a 6-ounce size which is perfect for one cup of coffee.
Rinse the filter and the serving cup with hot water just before brewing. This process helps the ground coffee bloom and drop better.
Add condensed milk to the cup. The amount of condensed milk depends on how sweet and strong you like your coffee.
Regular Strong Coffee – add 1 tablespoon
Sweet Coffee – add 2 tablespoons
Extra Sweet, that tastes like candy – add 3 tablespoons
Note – Traditionally Vietnamese coffee is overly sweet. But when you are making it at home, you can adjust the sweetness according to your liking.
Keep the plate and the strainer over the cup.
Add 2 tablespoon ground coffee to the filter and spread it evenly using a spoon.
Now press gently with the umbrella-like part. If you press too hard, coffee granules will clog the filter. Pressing the coffee will slow down the drip rate and you will get strong flavorful brewed coffee.
Bring 6 oz (175 ml) of water to a boil. Slowly pour 2 tablespoon of boiling water over the coffee.
Cover the filter with the lid and keep for 5 minutes. This step will slow down the drip rate and you will get very flavorful coffee.
Slowly pour the remaining boiling hot water over the coffee.
Cover with the lid and let it brew for 8-10 minutes. The brewed coffee will start to drip in the cup.
After 5 minutes, remove the filter from over the cup. Stir with a spoon and serve.
How To Make Iced Vietnamese Coffee
Brew the coffee as mentioned above.
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Pour the coffee and condensed milk mixture over the ice.
Stir well using a spoon or a stirrer and serve immediately.
You can serve this Vietnamese coffee at tea time with some of your favorite snacks.
I love to serve Vietnamese iced coffee for my weekend summer brunches along with some of my favorite Asian meals like Asian Garlic Tofu, Pad Thai Noodles, Noodles Salad, and Chicken Wontons in Chilli Broth.
Serve a scoop of Vanilla or Caramel Ice-cream along with your coffee as a dessert after your meal.
If you add condensed milk to the coffee and store it in the fridge, it will last for about 12 hours.
If you want it to last longer, place the brewed coffee in the fridge in a sealed glass container and it will last for about 2 days.
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How To Make Vietnamese Coffee
- 2 tablespoons ground coffee (use any good medium grind coffee)
- 6 ounce boiling hot water (175 ml)
- sweetened condensed milk (adjust it as per your liking.)
- ice cubes
- I used my 6 oz Phin filter to brew the coffee but you can choose the brewing method that you like. French Press, Moca Pot, or a simple Drip Machine also works fine.
- Add condensed milk as per your liking to the serving cup.
- Keep the plate and the strainer over the serving cup.
- Add ground coffee to the filter and spread it evenly.
- Gently press with the umbrella-like part of the filter. Do not shake or press tightly.
- Slowly pour 2 tablespoon of boiling water over the coffee.
- Cover the filter with the lid and keep for 5 minutes. This step will slow down the drip rate and you will get very flavorful coffee.
- Now, remove the cover and pour the remaining water over the coffee. The brewed coffee will start to drip in the cup.
- After 8-10 minutes, when it is brewed, remove the filter from over the cup. Stir and serve.
- If drinking it chilled, then fill a tall glass with ice cubes.
- Pour the coffee and the condensed milk mixture over the ice. Stir and serve.