Updated: Mar 5, 2021
Need a caffeinated pick-me-up? Once you make your own Vietnamese coffee, you'll never want to go to Starbucks again.
The phin (also known as phin cà phê ) is a Vietnamese coffee filter that allows the grounds to brew and dispense at a slow drip (which is the defining characteristic of Viet coffee). The coffee is poured over sweetened condensed milk. We'll be using condensed coconut milk to keep it dairy-free, but an extra creamy oatmilk works or canned coconut milk works as well!
For our coffee grounds, we'll be using Cafe Du Monde which has a distinct flavor because it's made using Robusta beans infused with chicory root.
I hope that you can save some money by brewing your own delicious coffee at home (I know I definitely have).
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Vietnamese Iced Coffee
2-3 heaping tbsp Cafe Du Monde coffee grounds
Hot water (coffee phin isn't large, so you probably won't need more than 1/2 liter)
Condensed coconut milk (creamy oatmilk or canned coconut milk work too)
Vietnamese-style coffee is traditionally made using a coffee phin. We got ours from the Vietnamese supermarket, but if you don't have one near you, you can buy one here.
Heat water in kettle or on stove. Fill phin with coffee grounds. Screw in the filter.
Pour milk into heat-safe glass. Place phin over top of glass, and slowly pour hot water into the coffee phin. Allow coffee to slowly drip onto milk. When coffee is done dripping, pour more water into the phin for a second round of filtering.
After second filtering, stir together milk and coffee. Add additional sugar or milk as needed (I like a creamier coffee, so I add extra oatmilk to mine).
Pour coffee over ice, and enjoy!