|October 29, 2022


Vietnamese Coffee is a relatively solid and sweet coffee famous in Vietnam. This intensely brewed concentrate has a creamy, rich, smooth texture and a robust flavor. Preparing Vietnamese Coffee with and without a Vietnamese filter is easy. You can make it hot or make an iced version. It's all incredible and gluten-free.

Some many street-side stores and cafes serve this famous Vietnamese Coffee. It's brewed and enjoyed in almost every Vietnamese home. This Coffee is rich, flavorful, and sweet and is also known as 'Ca Phe Sua' in the local language. This coffee drink is currently quite popular all over the world, and you can find it on the menus of Vietnamese restaurants all over the world.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee is Ca Phe Sua Da, whereas Vietnamese Hot Milk Coffee is Ca Phe Sua Nong. This beverage is made by blending freshly brewed Coffee with sweetened condensed milk, which can be sipped hot or chilled. In Vietnam, hot Coffee is preferred in the morning, and iced Coffee is served as the day warms up.

What does Vietnamese Coffee taste like?

Literally, exquisite! That sweet, milky, coffee-forward flavor will make you get addicted. It tastes just how you would expect Coffee to taste. Deliciously deep and dark with a touch of roasted caramel, sweet milkiness, nuttiness, and a trace of chocolate aromas. Alcoeats offers an exquisite range of Coffee that is dark roasted and finely ground. The specialty of Vietnamese Coffee is that the beans are dark roasted and finely ground so that you can get the richness of flavor oils in your beverage. 


Vietnamese people love their Coffee, and locals and tourists start their days with a pleasant 'cup of ca phe.' Vietnamese Coffee is a robust and flavored coffee brewed from medium-roasted coffee beans. It can be served hot or cold and described as dark, intense, rich, and deep.
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How to Brew Vietnamese Coffee?

  • Prepare the coffee equipment- Grab a mug or tumbler, the ground coffee, sweetened condensed milk, and your 'phin.' Because of the aesthetics, I like to use heat proof glass.
  • Boil the water - You want the water to be between 195° and 205°F. Boil it, then turn off the heat.
  • Warm up the cup and phin - Pour some water through the filter. It will flow right through and warm the filter and cup. Pour out the boiling water with caution.
  • Add in the condensed milk - Pour some condensed milk (if using) into the cup. Place the phin's body back on top, putting the filter and lid to the side.
  • Bloom the Coffee - Add one heaping tablespoon of acceptable coffee grounds, and then press the Coffee with the filter press just a little bit. Over the filter, pour roughly 1 tbsp of hot water. Give it about 30 to 40 seconds to blossom.
  • Brew the Coffee - Add a little hot water until the phin is filled to the top, then cover it with the lid. Allow the Coffee to brew; it should take three to five minutes and flow through slowly.

After the Coffee has finished brewing, take the phin out. Pour it over ice after giving it a good stir, or add extra boiling water, any way you like. Enjoy! 

Vietnamese Coffee: Hot vs Iced

In Vietnam, Coffee is consumed both hot and iced, depending on personal choice.

  • Hot - Enjoy the Coffee prepared directly from the phin. Add some hot water to your Coffee if you prefer your brew to be diluted, more like an americano.
  • Iced - Iced Coffee can be made in one of two ways. Either make the Coffee first, then pour it over the ice, or boil the Coffee right on top of the ice.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

A quick and straightforward method to prepare Vietnamese iced Coffee is provided here; phin is not required! This is how:

  • Make a cup of robust Coffee, either espresso (at least two shots) or extra strong brewed Coffee.
  • Stir one tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk to taste, then fill the glass with ice.
  • Ice will melt in hot Coffee. If desired, top it off with cold water. Enjoy!

Health Benefits of Vietnamese Coffee

DISCLAIMER-  This blog does not provide you with any medical advice. It is strictly meant to be an informational and recipe blog only. Please consult your physician or medical expert for what works best for you.

  1. Source of antioxidants - Vietnamese Coffee has more antioxidants than green and brown tea, which makes it healthier than black tea and lemon. According to a study, unharvested coffee beans contain roughly 1,000 antioxidants. So, if you want to avoid free radicals, you should drink Vietnamese Coffee.
  2. Healthy for the Heart -  Research suggests that Coffee helps shield against inflammation-related vascular damage. As a result, chlorogenic acid is present in Coffee. It is also beneficial for the heart to drink at least 2 - 4 cups of Coffee daily.
  3. Prevent Depression - Vietnamese Coffee may aid in reducing depression. The neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood are activated by caffeine, which may  help lift your mood and keep you energetic.
  4. Lower the Risk of Liver Cancer - Consuming Coffee may lower the risk of liver cancer. According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, drinking coffee is associated with a lower incidence of liver cirrhosis.
  5. Healthy for the Mind - Coffee may improve brain activity and short-term memory; drinking coffee benefits the brain. Coffee may also help people with dementia and Alzheimer's to prevent cognitive loss.

Summing up on Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese people love their Coffee, and locals and tourists start their days with a pleasant 'cup of ca phe.' Vietnamese Coffee is a robust and flavored coffee brewed from medium-roasted coffee beans. It can be served hot or cold and described as dark, intense, rich, and deep. This Vietnamese Coffee recipe is easy, quick, and super affordable. You only need two ingredients and 5 minutes to make this homemade hot or iced drink. Enjoy this at home, easy-to-brew, flavourful, and exquisitely tasty.

FAQs on Vietnamese Coffee Recipe

Can you have black Vietnamese Coffee?

Yes, you can, and many people already do. Alcoeats offers an exquisite range of pure Arabica Ground Coffee that is great for your love for Black Coffee. It's called 'ca phe den,' and it's pretty standard! 

Why do you need sweetened condensed milk?

When Coffee first became popular in Vietnam, fresh milk was less widely available than sweetened condensed milk. Since sweetened condensed milk is much simpler to keep and use, fresh milk is more perishable. Vietnamese Coffee is now identified as a combination of intense and sweet flavors.

How long can you store Vietnamese Coffee in the refrigerator?

If you want it to store the coffee longer, place the brewed Coffee in a sealed glass container in the fridge for about two days.

What distinguishes Vietnamese Coffee from Regular Coffee?

Vietnamese Coffee tends to be stronger and more bitter than regular Coffee, which is the primary difference between these two types of Coffee. Vietnamese Coffee is a rich, delicious, and sweet Coffee made using a specific filter from Vietnamese coffee beans.

How can Vietnamese Coffee be thickened?

A more extended brewing period gives the water more opportunity to fully extract all the oils and other substances from the grounds. The water will feel and appear thicker as more coffee grounds are infused into it.

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