Vietnam can be described as a nation fed by coffee. Here locals and visitors love to start their day with a satisfying and stimulating “cup of coffee”. In its simplest form, this is a Vietnamese coffee made with medium to coarse ground Vietnamese roasted coffee beans. It is made with phin or Vietnamese coffee makers that is nothing more than a small metal drip filter.
It was in 1857 when coffee was first introduced to Vietnam by the French and soon became one of the country’s largest exports.
The French not only brought coffee but also brought another item that became critical to the growth of the world-famous Vietnamese coffee: sweetened condensed milk.
Today, a very popular way to drink Vietnamese coffee is to drink it iced and sweetened with condensed milk.
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Vietnamese Traditional Coffee
The traditional Vietnamese way of making coffee is through the use of a special filter, called Phin. Another good alternative is to use a French press, also known as a plunger coffee maker.
With the French pressing method, ground coffee is normally prepared in hot water before being filtered through the plunger or the press, hence the name.
The coffee produced when using a French press is quite similar in terms of flavor to that obtained from a Vietnamese Phin filter.
The advantage of this technique is that you can prepare large quantities of coffee, depending on the size of the French press. The same applies when you use Vietnamese coffee machines. They are also generally good at producing a very strong espresso.
Vietnamese coffee makers – how to make Vietnamese coffee at home!
Homemade Vietnamese coffee is an amazing way to expand the flavor of coffee without necessarily having to visit the coffee shop.
3 tablespoons of Vietnamese ground coffee.
1-3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk (or according to your taste preferences).
200 ml of water near the boiling point (or depending on the desired concentration of coffee).
Place 1-3 tablespoons (depending on your taste preferences) of sweetened condensed milk in the bottom of a heat-resistant glass or cup.
Now place the coffee filter over the cup or glass.
Add the ground coffee into the cup with the filter, press it down with the removable press. Make sure it is evenly distributed in the filter. Avoid shaking the filter so that the grains do not fall and clog the system.
First, pour a little of the boiling water to moisten the coffee.
After a couple of seconds, slowly fill the filter cup with boiling water.
Put the lid on the filter; wait for your coffee to slowly drip into the cup or glass.
Gently press the filter to compress the flowered coffee.
Depending on the size of the filter, this stage should take 3 to 5 minutes. Then remove the filter.
Stir gently to dissolve the sweetened condensed milk. You can try in case you need to add a little more.
If you are making iced coffee, add some ice cubes and immediately serve. If you are not a fan of iced coffee, enjoy your Vietnamese coffee while it is still very hot!
Some like to drink their Vietnamese coffee without stirring. The good thing about this approach is that you first drink the strong coffee and then you end up with the sweet condensed coffee-flavored milk left at the bottom of your cup or glass.
Choice of coffee beans If you prefer to prepare Vietnamese coffee in the traditional way, choose Robusta coffee beans. Alternatively, try the Vietnamese coffee beans that you can easily get at most Vietnamese supermarkets or online.
Usually, roasted Vietnamese coffee beans are very bitter and dark. Only when you try to drink black coffee will you appreciate the role that sweetened condensed milk plays. Basically, it makes your Vietnamese coffee tastier.
Although medium roasted coffees are perfectly fine, avoid light roasted coffee beans as they can be easily overpowered by the richness and sweetness of condensed milk.
Make Vietnamese coffee with espresso
Place the sweetened condensed milk in the glass.
Add a little hot espresso.
Stir gently to dissolve the condensed milk.
Check if you need to add a little more condensed milk.
For an iced espresso, add a few ice cubes and serve immediately.
Conclusion on Vietnamese coffee machines and their particular coffee flavor
Vietnamese coffee is a sweet and strong drink that is often served on ice. Traditionally, it is made with a metallic coffee filter, known in Vietnam as Phin or Vietnamese coffee makers, which generally makes one cup at a time.
Although it is available in most Vietnam restaurants and cafes, you can easily replicate the process at home.
Unlike other types of coffee, Vietnamese coffee with a unique flavor is made from sweetened condensed milk. Thick, rich, and sweet milk tends to balance the bitterness typically associated with strong coffee. The result is that you get a tasty and refreshing drink.