Jun 28, 2014

Vietnam: Cà phê - Vietnamese Coffee Explained

Something you definitely must try when you come to Vietnam is Cà phê. Coffee was introduced into Vietnam by French colonists. Since then, the coffee culture in Vietnam has exploded. Dairy is a very rare commodity in Vietnam, so instead they use condensed milk. One cup will set you back about 70 cents.

The Vietnamese coffee is locally grown dark roast and is coarsely ground. 

How to order Vietnamese Coffee (WS)

"Cà phê nóng" - Vietnamese Coffee straight up (hot)
"Cà phê sữa nóng" - Hot Vietnamese Coffee with condensed milk
"Cà phê sữa đá" - Iced Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk

Cà phê - Vietnamese Coffee

My dad was kind enough to allow me to take pictures to explain.

1. The coffee grounds you see there in that contraption is a French drip filter (cà phê phin) that is placed on top of the cup with condensed milk. You pour hot water through and it can take up to 5 minutes for it to entirely drip through. What drips through is rich in flavour (and caffeine!) onto sweet condensed milk.

2. Add hot water to dilute and stir. The coffee is sitting in a small bowl of hot water to keep cool.

3. Voila, hot Vietnamese coffee is done!

Jasmine Tea Chaser

The Vietnamese coffee is often served with a cool Jasmine tea chaser. A great way to cool off after drinking a hot drink in a hot country!

Iced Coffee with Condensed Milk - Quy Nhon, VN

Here is some iced coffee (with condensed milk) at a cafe in Quy Nhon (Cafe du Lich). At more trendy restaurants the coffee usually comes premade for you. I also ordered coconut juice, I'm pretty addicted at this point :P

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