Vietnamese Coffee Recipe

By Stuart Smith | Last Updated May 10, 2020


Preparation Time & Servings

Requires simple ingredients.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)

*Nutrition information should be considered an estimate.

TOOLS NEEDED: Vietnamese phin coffee filter or French press.

Coffee in Vietnam is more about ritual than caffeine consumption. The practice of making coffee is given time and thought rather than being rushed. This traditional Vietnamese coffee drink is also smaller in comparison to some, as the Vietnamese are concerned more with quality over quantity.

Vietnamese coffee is known to be quite strong and bitter, so a little is really all you need. This is also why traditional Vietnamese coffee is served with sweetened condensed milk.

The sweetness of the milk cuts the bitterness of the coffee, leaving you with a delicious creamy treat. A Vietnamese filter called a phin is recommended for this recipe; however, a French press could be used as well.



  • 3 tablespoons ground coffee (Vietnamese coffee or a French roast works best)
  • 8 ounces water
  • ½ to 1½ ounces sweetened condensed milk


  • Pour the coffee grounds into the basket of the phin and carefully put the filter on top. Place the device on top of a medium ceramic mug
  • In a small saucepan over high heat, heat the water until just before it boils. Pour about 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of the hot water over the filter and let the coffee “bloom” for a few seconds
  • Continue pouring the remaining hot water into the filter. Wait for all the coffee to drip into the mug
  • Stir in the condensed milk, as much or as little as you like, depending on how sweet you like your coffee

Recipe Tip

This coffee can very easily be made into an iced coffee! Simply follow the recipe and then pour the completed beverage into a glass filled with ice!

Preparation Tip

To bloom coffee means to cover the grounds with hot water, which causes them to release their CO2 and make it look as if the coffee is bubbling. The water takes the place of the released CO2, and the brewing process begins.

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