Vietnamese coffee is known for its bold, rich flavor and is typically made using a traditional drip coffee maker called a “phin.”
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a great cup of Vietnamese coffee:
Ingredients and Equipment:
Vietnamese drip coffee filter (phin)
Freshly roasted and coarsely ground Vietnamese coffee (Robusta beans are common)
Sweetened condensed milk (for a traditional taste) or sugar (if you prefer)
Ice (for iced coffee, if desired)
For Hot Vietnamese Coffee:
Prepare the Phin: Take apart the phin filter by removing the top chamber. Place the coffee grounds in the filter chamber. The amount of coffee can vary, but a common ratio is 2-3 tablespoons of coffee for a single cup.
Assemble the Phin: Gently compress the coffee grounds with the insert (the flat press) to level them off.
Add Condensed Milk or Sugar: If you want sweetened coffee, pour a layer of sweetened condensed milk or sugar into your coffee cup. The amount of sweetness is to your preference, but about 2-3 tablespoons of condensed milk is typical.
Place the Phin: Position the phin on top of your coffee cup.
Pour Hot Water: Heat your water to boiling, then let it cool for about 30 seconds. Pour enough hot water into the phin to soak the coffee grounds, about one-third of the way up. Wait for the coffee to bloom, and the water to pass through the coffee grounds, before adding more.
Add More Water: After the initial bloom (usually after about 30 seconds), slowly pour more hot water into the phin, filling it to the top.
Brew: Allow the coffee to drip slowly. This process may take several minutes, as the water filters through the coffee grounds.
Stir and Enjoy: Once the dripping has slowed significantly or stopped, stir the coffee and sweetened condensed milk together to combine them.
Your hot Vietnamese coffee is ready to be enjoyed.
For Iced Vietnamese Coffee:
Follow the same steps as for hot coffee but without the condensed milk or sugar.
After the coffee has fully dripped into the glass, let it cool to room temperature.
Fill a separate glass with ice cubes.
Pour the brewed coffee over the ice.
Add sweetened condensed milk or sugar to taste and stir well.
Your iced Vietnamese coffee is ready to enjoy.
Vietnamese coffee is known for its strong and bold flavor, often balanced by the sweetness of condensed milk. Adjust the coffee-to-water ratio and sweetness to suit your taste, and you’ll have your perfect cup of Vietnamese coffee.