vietnamese coffee

What Is Vietnamese Coffee?

Last Updated on 20/02/2022 by Miki

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. However, many people do not know that there are different types of coffee. One type of coffee is Vietnamese coffee. It is brewed like regular coffee, but it does ont use espresso beans like other coffee types. Vietnamese coffee is sometimes called cà phê phin or cà phê đỏ which are Vietnamese words for the coffee. This particular coffee style is one of the most popular brews in Vietnam. 

Next time you’re in Vietnam, don’t forget to try some of the best coffee in the world! You can’t go wrong with a cup of iced coffee and a delicious pasty to start off your morning. 

Vietnamese coffee


What Makes Vietnamese Coffee Different?

Vietnamese coffee is rather different from American coffee. One of the differences is the richness of the flavour. Vietnamese coffee is typically made with roasted dark beans. Other ingredients like sweetened condensed milk, sugar or brown sugar are mixed in to give the coffee a sweeter taste which is much different from American coffee. 

Another difference is the way Vietnamese coffee is prepared. You’ll use a small Vietnamese coffee filter (also called a phin) and add ground coffee to the filter. Then slowly pour hot water over the ground coffee and let the coffee drip, creating a rich, aromatic cup of coffee. 

Espresso vs Vietnamese Coffee

Espresso is a type of coffee. It is brewed by forcing boiling water, or sometimes steam, through the ground coffee, which produces a rich, dense, and flavorful coffee. Espresso is brewed by using an espresso machine, which is a small appliance that sends pressurized hot water through coffee grounds contained in a coffee filter basket. 

Vietnamese coffee would be brewed by using a Vietnamese coffee filter, which is a small metal device that has mesh. Users place the coffee filter into a small glass cup and then pour hot water around the filter. The grounds would settle in the filter, and the coffee would be poured through the filter before drinking. Vietnamese coffee is much stronger than other types of coffee.


What Beans Are Used For Vietnamese Coffee?

The differences between the various beans make a huge difference in the taste of Vietnamese coffee. It can be challenging to understand what type of beans different coffees are made from as many different companies offer Vietnamese coffee as a blend. The type of beans that are used to make a particular blend can help identify what kind of Vietnamese coffee is being offered. 

The most common type of beans that are used to make Vietnamese coffee is Robusta. Robusta beans are fairly strong and have a distinctive smoky flavour. They are a little bitter and have a lower acidity, which makes them a good choice for making Vietnamese coffee.

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What Is The Best Vietnamese Coffee Brand?

Trung Nguyen Vietnamese coffee

Vietnamese coffee is a popular drink among many people all over the world, but there are many brands to choose from. Some people say that the best brand of Vietnamese coffee is Trung Nguyen, but others disagree.

Trung Nguyen is known for its roasted coffee beans, which are grown in the Vietnamese Highlands. This coffee is grown at an altitude of approximately 1,500 meters above sea level. giving it a smooth taste. Trung Nguyen coffee has instant coffee as well, which can conveniently be heated with water in a cup or microwaved in a cup.

My personal experience with Vietnamese coffee brands has shown that Trung Nguyen is the best because it has the most intense flavour and is very refreshing.  I personally enjoy Trung Nguyen for this reason and I believe that it should be the best brand of Vietemase coffee.

How Does Vietnamese Coffee Filter Work?

Vietnamese Dripper Coffee Machine Filter

Have you ever wondered how coffee filters work? Well, they work by trapping coffee grounds before they reach the cups of your cofffee. Vietnamese coffee filter is made out of metal mesh. This metal mesh is designed with small holes. When coffee is made with this filter, water is poured downwards through the holes of the filter, filtering the coffee grinds as it goes, and then the coffee drips into the cup. This filter prevents the coffee grounds from making thier way into the cup of coffee. This filter is very useful for brewing Vietnamese coffee.


How To Make Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese coffee is coffee that has been finely ground and brewed in boiling water. The coffee is brewed in a small pot called a “phin-type coffee pot” or “coffee press.” Here is a traditional method of brewing coffee beans.

What you’ll need: 

  • Vietnamese coffee filter
  • Boiled water
  • Finely ground dark-roasted coffee
  • Sweetened condensed milk


  1. Add 1 tablespoon of condensed milk into a coffee glass. how to make vietnamese coffee 1
  2. Put 2 tablespoons of ground coffee in the coffee filter. how to make vietnamese coffee 2

how to make vietnamese coffee

3. Pour 400ml of boiled water over the ground coffee. how to make vietnamese coffee 3

4. Let the coffee drip through the filter to extract the flavour.

5. Remove the filter and stir the coffee well.

6. Add some ice cubes if you want to make iced coffee. how to make vietnamese coffee 4


How To Make Vietnamese Coffee Without Filter

It is possible to make Vietnamese coffee without a filter, by using a French press. Fill the French press with hot water, then add coarsely ground coffee. Stir the coffee with a spoon to make sure it is well mixed. Put the lid on, then gently press the plunger down. The grinds will be removed from the brewed coffee. Be careful not to push too hard. Pour the coffee into a cup and sweeten your coffee if preferred. 

Does Vietnamese Coffee Have More Caffeine?

The Vietnamese coffee is brewed with varieties of roasted and ground beans called Robusta. Robusta beans are used because they are significantly cheaper than other types of beans, which is why people prefer using them. Robusta beans are also harsher because of their higher caffeine content, which makes Vietnamese coffee have more caffeine than regular coffee. In fact, Robusta beans have 2-3 times as much caffeine as Arabica beans, so that’s one of the main reasons for the increased caffeine content. Another reason is that Vietnamese coffee beans are usually roasted more, which can mean they have more caffeine. 


Final Thoughts

Vietnamese coffee is considered to be one of the best coffees in the world. Vietnamese coffee is typically made with finely ground dark-roasted coffee beans, sweetened with condensed milk and brewed in a narrow glass or steel urn called a phin. It’s a great way to kick-start the day and it’s even better after a meal. If you are looking for something different from your regular coffee or you want to discover something new, then Vietnamese coffee could be the one for you.

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