Vietnamese Coffee Recipe: How to Make Vietnamese Coffee

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How to Make Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese coffee is a delicious and unique way to enjoy your daily cup of joe. Known for its strong and rich flavor, this coffee is made using a special brewing technique that involves a small metal filter called a phin. The result is a smooth and bold cup of coffee that is often enjoyed with sweetened condensed milk. If you’re a coffee lover looking to try something new, this Vietnamese coffee recipe is perfect for you. how to prepare Vietnamese coffee

Vietnamese Coffee Recipe

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Vietnam
Calories 0.15 kcal


  • Vietnamese phin filter
  • Coarsely ground Vietnamese coffee
  • Cup
  • Spoon


  • 2 Tbsp Coarsely ground Vietnamese coffee
  • 2 Tbsp Sweetened condensed milk
  • Hot water


1. Start by placing the phin filter on top of a cup or mug. The phin has three parts: a small chamber, a perforated plate, and a screw-on press. Unscrew the press and remove the perforated plate.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of coarsely ground Vietnamese coffee into the chamber of the phin. Use a spoon or your fingers to gently press down and level the coffee grounds.
3. Place the perforated plate back onto the coffee chamber, ensuring it sits snugly on top of the coffee.
4. Screw the press onto the chamber, applying gentle pressure to compress the coffee grounds. Make sure it's not too tight, as you want the water to flow through the coffee easily.
5. Boil some water and let it sit for about 30 seconds to cool slightly. Pour a small amount of hot water (about 2 tablespoons) into the phin, just enough to wet the coffee grounds. Allow it to sit for 20-30 seconds to let the coffee bloom and release its flavors.
6. After the coffee has bloomed, slowly pour the remaining hot water into the phin, filling it to the top. Put the lid on the phin to keep the heat in.
7. Allow the coffee to drip through the phin and into your cup or mug. This process may take around 4-5 minutes, so be patient. The slow drip helps to extract the full flavor of the coffee.
8. While the coffee is brewing, prepare your sweetened condensed milk. In a separate cup, add 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk.
9. Once the coffee has finished dripping, remove the phin from the cup. Stir the brewed coffee and sweetened condensed milk together until well combined. The sweetened condensed milk adds a creamy and sweet touch to the coffee.
10. Your Vietnamese coffee is now ready to be enjoyed! You can serve it over ice for a refreshing iced coffee or enjoy it hot.

FAQs On Vietnamese Coffee Recipe

Q: Can I use regular ground coffee instead of Vietnamese coffee? A: While regular ground coffee can be used, the unique flavor of Vietnamese coffee comes from the specific blend and roast style used. It’s best to use Vietnamese coffee for an authentic taste. Q: Can I use evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk? A: Sweetened condensed milk is traditionally used in Vietnamese coffee for its creamy and sweet flavor. Evaporated milk can be used as a substitute, but you may need to add sugar to achieve the desired sweetness. Q: Can I adjust the strength of the coffee? A: Yes, you can adjust the strength of the coffee by adding more or less coffee grounds to the phin. Experiment with different amounts until you find your preferred strength. Q: Can I make a larger batch of Vietnamese coffee? A: The recipe provided is for a single serving, but you can easily scale it up to make multiple servings. Simply adjust the quantities of coffee and sweetened condensed milk accordingly. Q: How should I store Vietnamese coffee? A: Store your Vietnamese coffee in an airtight container in a cool, dark place to maintain its freshness. Avoid storing it in the refrigerator as it may absorb odors from other foods.

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