The Most Interesting Coffee You’ve Never Heard Of: How To Make Vietnamese Coffee

by | Sep 19, 2019

There is a tonne of different varieties of Coffee out there today; you could spend weeks and months trying out different types. One of those you may not have heard of is Vietnamese Coffee. Vietnamese Coffee can be enjoyed hot or cold. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the different ways of how to make Vietnamese Coffee.

In it’s simplest form Vietnamese Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da) is made using medium to coarse ground dark roast Vietnamese-grown coffee with a small metal Vietnamese drip filter. After the hot water is added, the drip filter releases hot drops of Coffee slowly into a cup.

If you want to make Vietnamese Iced Coffee then simply pour the hot coffee into a glass full of ice, so, Vietnamese Coffee can be enjoyed on a hot or cold day.

When Did Coffee Come To Vietnam?

Coffee was first introduced to Vietnam in 1857 by a French Catholic Priest in the form of a single Arabica tree. Upon coffee’s arrival in Vietnam, the land was quickly cultivated into plantations to develop cash steady crops, which would be ready for export.

The Vietnam War disrupted the Coffee trade in Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s, and it wasn’t until 1986 that privately-owned enterprises were permitted again into the Vietnamese Coffee industry. Since then the industry has grown in strength, and today around 1 million tonnes of coffee are exported from Vietnam each year


Vietnamese Coffee Recipe – What You Need To Make It

As described above, you’ll need medium to dark roast coffee, a small drip filter, and water. But you may want to jazz it up a bit more than that. A key element of to sweeten your Vietnamese Coffee is adding condensed milk.

The first step to making Vietnamese Coffee with condensed milk is to add condensed milk to a glass. You don’t need much as condensed milk is much sweeter than regular milk, so start by adding around ⅓ of an inch to the glass. If it’s not sweet enough, you can always add more condensed milk.

You’ll then want to add your ground coffee to your filter making sure it’s properly secured. You can then decide if you wish to brew your coffee into a mug or a glass. A glass can be a good choice as you can then see the coffee brewing. Then add the hot water and wait for your brew to complete. The water should take around 4-5 minutes to pass through the filter.


Once your coffee is brewed, you can add the condensed milk. To get the best flavor, stir the condensed milk into the brewed coffee. You can then sample if the brew is sweet enough for your tastebuds.


What’s The Best Type Of Coffee To Use?

Vietnamese Coffee is traditionally made using dark roast coffee. So if you like a stronger cup of Coffee then Vietnamese Cafe may be perfect for you. You can also use a medium roast to make Vietnamese Coffee, so it’s up to you which type of Coffee you use to match your own preference on the strength of Coffee you prefer. 

If you’re new to making coffee or experimenting with different styles, then you may want to try a dark roast, and if it’s too strong, then you can switch it up to a medium roast. You may also want to consider how sensitive you are to caffeine before deciding on what type of coffee you go for.


Variations Of Vietnamese Iced Coffee – Egg Coffee

One of the most interesting types of Vietnamese Coffee is called Egg Coffee. Now you may be thinking that eggs and Coffee is a bit of a strange mix, but those who have traveled or lived in Vietnam may well be familiar with the concept of Egg Coffee. Egg Coffee is made by beating an egg yolk with sweetened condensed milk for about 10 minutes until it makes an airy, creamy, meringue-life fluff.

What you’ll need to make Egg Coffee is pretty straightforward, you need one egg, three teaspoons of whatever coffee powder you decide to go with and two teaspoons of sweetened condensed milk and some boiling water.

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The first step is to brew a small cup of “Vietnam Cafe“, then crack an egg yolk making sure the egg whites are discarded. Put the yolk and condensed milk in a small deep bowl and whisk them until you have a mixture with a fluffy texture.

For the best looking Coffee you’ll want to pour the brewed Coffee into a clear coffee cup and then add the egg mixture on top, and presto you’ll have created your very own Egg Coffee!


Why We Love Cafe Sua Da

Creating different types of Coffee is a great way to mix things up if you’re looking for something new. It can be easy to get a bit sick of the classics such as a Cappuccino or a Latte, and it’s always fun to try out new varieties of Coffee.

Hopefully, this article has given you a good intro into the world of Vietnamese Coffee, and you can always experiment with a few other ingredients to make your Coffee even more flavorsome!

If you’re unsure what type of coffee you prefer, then it’s worth considering visiting a Vietnamese supermarket in your local city to see what kind of beans are available there, or if you’re looking for a new vacation destination, then Vietnam could be an option to consider.

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