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Vietnamese Iced coffee Recipe (Cafe Sua Da)

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Posted on April 19 2017

The Vietnamese word for coffee is ‘cà phê’, which comes from the French word ‘café’. The French colonists introduced drinking coffee in Vietnam in the late 19th century. Because fresh milk was not available these days the French and Vietnamese drunk their coffee with sweetened condensed milk from a can. Since then Vietnam also started exporting their coffee to other countries and it became a major source of income for the country next to rice. These days Vietnam exports more than 1.000.000 tons a year. After Brazil, it is the second largest producer of coffee in the world.

In Vietnam, there are no drive-thrus nor take-out. Java is made and provided either at home or in dining places at enjoyment. Drinking hot coffee (cafe nong) is recommended in the morning hours, while ice cold coffee (cafe sua da) is stored for the warm later in the day. I was speaking with my Dad about coffee benefits and his experiences; and he was remembering about glasses from the past. This man likes his cup of joe.

He’s satisfied here in the Declares but has an extremely attached to storage of his life in Vietnam. “There was nothing like getting out of from the rain–running into a restaurant with a gently wet raincoat. I can hugely appreciate a cup in that type of environment.” Although we Vietnamese “owe” the accessibility to components for this coffee to France colonization, this development is Vietnamese. Vietnamese coffee is exclusively recognized by a mixture of France prepare coffee dripped through a Vietnamese coffee narrow combined with compacted dairy.

French prepare sets extremely well with compacted dairy. The Vietnamese coffee narrow gives a more powerful produce than that of an United states drop device and different than that of a France media. Any France prepare can be used, but the most well-known manufacturers for Vietnamese coffee I’ve seen are Restaurant Du Univers, Cafe ’de London, and Trung Nguyen.

Notice that Restaurant Du Univers isn’t genuine coffee! This smash is laced with the floor main of the chicory natural herb. This mixture arose in European countries during WWII when money was limited and costly meals like coffee required to last. Chicory main was used to expand the coffee provide. After the war, the choice for the chicory flavor became a pattern and prevails even today!

Different brands

Most of the coffee producers in Vietnam are state owned. State-owned brands are Trung Nguyen Coffee Company Ltd., Hung Phat Company Ltd., Tam Chau Tea and Coffee Company Ltd., Viet Pacific Co. Ltd. known as Viet coffee, and Vinacafe (Vietnam National Coffee Corporation). Highlands Coffee is a privately owned producer of Vietnamese coffee. Also, there are some internationals brands active in Vietnam such as Nestlé.

How to make Vietnamese iced coffee

A traditional Vietnamese cup of coffee is made with a low tech metal filter on top of the cup. Vietnamese iced coffee is delicious. A lot of people see the low tech metal coffee filters on their holidays and want to try to make the same coffee at home. The coffee takes some time to get through the filter, but the result is a very strong coffee. You can drink the coffee hot, but the iced Vietnamese coffee is also very popular.

Now, what would be more special than drinking an iced Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk?

For this, you only need:

  • A Vietnamese coffee filter
  • Dark-roast ground coffee (preferably Trung Nguyen Premium Blend or Café Du Monde Coffee with Chicory)
  • Sweetened condensed milk (although you can drink the coffee without milk),
  • A cup loaded with ice
  • a spoon
  • a glass or a mug.

First, you get a glass (a tea glass is good) and put a little condensed milk on the bottom (about 1 cm).

Then you remove the top of the filter and you put some (one or two tablespoons) coffee in it. French grinds work good because it doesn’t fall through the holes of the filter (but any grind kan be used). After that you can screw back the top, it needs some practice to get it right how tight.

Now you can put the filter on top of the glass and fill it with hot water. The water should take about 5 minutes to get through the filter. If it goes faster you did not tighten the filter enough in step 2, if it takes too long the grind might be to fine (go for a French grind).

After the waiting, you can stir the coffee with the milk on the bottom. If you want to you can also add some sugar here.

Add some ice and you are done.

The Vietnamese coffee filter

The Vietnamese coffee filter is made of stainless steel. You do not need a paper filter, no machine setup or cleaning. There is no plastic, and there is no glass, so there is nothing to break. It is very low tech. so you could even take it with you when you go camping. You can use any mug you want, but it is nice to use a glass (a tea glass would do). This way you will see the coffee drip into the glass. It produces one cup of coffee, if you want to drink Vietnamese coffee with multiple guests it’s better to buy multiple filters (they are not expensive).
You can buy a complete kit with the filter and original Vietnamese coffee on Amazon.

Fun facts 

In the United States, Vietnamese coffee is sometimes confused with coffee from Louisiana with French roast. Vietnamese immigrants buy this style of coffee when they are not able to buy the Vietnamese coffee. The coffee has a similar grind and is perfect to use in the Vietnamese coffee filter.

A study from TNS NIPO learns that people who drink special coffees like macchiato or cappuccino have a busier social life compared to people that only drink black coffee. They are happier and feel more special and can really enjoy their coffee moments. The same research shows that people who drink coffee with milk are more active on social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Mumsy says: Coffee has a lot of benefits. The habit of drinking the said beverage plays a huge part in our lives. According to research, the benefits include a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes, reduces the risk of suicide and depression, and lowers the risk of heart diseases among others. So, if you ask yourself “is coffee good for you?” Our answer is YES.

Olivia is an editor and writer at Just Burr Grinder. She’s also the author of How to Grind Coffee Beans With a Grinder For The Perfect Cup of Coffee.  She’s passionate about coffee and writing.

Writing is just a way to spread her loving of coffee.