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How to Make Vietnamese Coffee

Remember those lunch dates with your uncle or parents during the weekends at the Vietnamese Pho restaurant in your local asian shopping mall? Yeah we do too… Looking back we always remembered our uncles ordering the Vietnamese iced coffee otherwise known as Cafe Sua Da! 

You know, the fancy drip filter on top of the glass, yeah that crazy coffee contraption. 

Now that we’re older and realize how delicious this Vietnamese coffee actually is, we want to share with you how amazing and easy it really is to make one for yourself at home! The creamy texture and robust flavor from the Vietnamese grounded coffee gives you a very satisfying taste. With the use of sweetened condensed milk, the coffee becomes milky and sweet at the same time without having to pour separate milk or spoon some cane sugar into your glass.

As children eating Pho Dac Biet and seeing the elderly drink their fancy dripped coffee, we thought it was for adults only, but boy are we wrong. It’s delicious enough for younger people to drink too! Let’s dive right in and make the best dripped Vietnamese coffee. 

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Prep Time

5 Minutes

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Cook Time

10 Minutes

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Total Time

15 Minutes

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1-2 Servings

Ingredients you'll need
for making
Vietnamese Coffee

  • 2 tablespoons Vietnamese ground coffee
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk
  • Handful of ice

How to Make Vietnamese Coffee
"Cafe Sua Da"

Step 1

Vietnamese coffee is very easy to make, practically no labor involved! Let’s start by preparing what we need too. Grab a pot of water and turn on your stove fire to high, let your water come to a rumbling boil. If you really want to make this process faster, using an electric water kettle will do the trick too. While we’re waiting on that let’s get the other ingredients prepped up. 

Step 2

Go ahead and grab your delicious sweetened condensed milk, Vietnamese coffee grounds, and Vietnamese coffee filter. In a glass we’ll add 1-2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk.

On top of that glass, we’ll place the Vietnamese coffee filter gently on top. Now, scoop 2 tablespoons of Vietnamese ground coffee into the coffee drip filter. And gently place the top plate on the grounded Vietnamese coffee, close the lid of the coffee filter. 

Step 3

By this time your water should be close to a rumbling boil if not already boiling for about 3 minutes. Once your water is nice and hot, you may take it off the stove, turn off the fire and pour the hot water into the Vietnamese coffee filter. 

Don’t worry if the filtered coffee drips slowly, that’s exactly what is supposed to happen. It usually takes about 3-5 minutes for all the water to filter through that delicious grounded Vietnamese coffee.

If you used an electric water kettle, you might’ve done this step already due to the effectiveness of an electric water kettle. 

Step 4

Once your Vietnamese coffee has completely dripped into the glass you’re ready to pour it in a glass of ice for a cool refreshing iced Vietnamese coffee otherwise known as cafe sua da! 

Remove the Vietnamese coffee filter off your glass, mix the contents in that glass thoroughly and then pour the delicious cafe sua da into your iced glass. Give it one more stir, take a sip and enjoy that refreshing “ahhhh”. 

Let us know how this goes if you try this, it’s super easy and quick! 

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