Vietnamese Iced coffee

Vietnamese Iced coffee

“Saigon caphe sua da” (Vietnamese iced coffee), a drink is quite simple and very common when you travel in Vietnam. The air in Hanoi is cold, they will love hot coffee – egg coffee. Ho Chi Minh (aka Saigon) has an equatorial tropical climate all year round, people like to drink iced milk coffee or any iced drinks.
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Some information about
Vietnamese coffee

How many types of coffee are grown in Vietnam? There are 3 popular types to make a glass of delicious Vietnamese Iced coffee: Arabica, Robusta, Culli. According to experts, they classify Vietnamese coffee into: Arabica, Robusta, Culli, Cherry, and Moka. In particular, Robusta is the most grown coffee in Vietnam. Moka is also known as a branch of Arabica coffee. Because Buon Me Thuoc is at an altitude of over 1500m above sea level, this is considered the capital of the world’s favorite Moka coffee.  
Of course, coffee is not an indigenous plant in Vietnam. Coffee was introduced to Indochina during the French colonial period, as well as rubber trees. In the Central Highlands of Vietnam from Lam Dong to Buon Me Thuot, rubber and coffee plantations sprout up, which are then exploited and transported to France. Because the climate and soil are suitable for coffee, so far few people know that Vietnam is the world’s second largest coffee exporter after Brazil.

Making Vietnamese Iced coffee

Ways to make Vietnamese Iced coffee

Traveling along the country of Vietnam, each region, each climate will have its own unique blend Vietnamese Iced coffee.

Egg coffee: Hanoi and surrounding areas will love to drink hot coffee, light coffee flavor, and a unique drink that captivates many people: egg coffee. Egg coffee is the perfect combination of pure coffee and whites, yolks, condensed milk and honey. The aroma of chicken eggs awakens the senses, mixed with milky cream tones and heady coffee flavours. This drink must be served hot, so Hanoi is the best place to try as they are the experts at making this particular type of Vietnamese coffee.

Drip coffee: from the Central to the South of Vietnam, people like this way of making it, anyone can do it. Not only do you enjoy delicious clean coffee while traveling, but you can also take home to prepare. A Stainless steel coffee filter is the best method. Put the coffee powder inside the filter, gently pour boiling water, close the lid, and wait patiently for each drop of dripping coffee to seep through. By mixing a fresh batch each day, you will create your own personalised recipe for the ratio of coffee, water and sugar that you like.

Condensed milk coffee with ice: just like egg coffee, the name surprises you and you may hesitate to try it. This is a way of making coffee, simply by adding a part of condensed milk and ice. Tip: when ordering this type Vietnamese iced  coffee, please ask the staff to use very little condensed milk. Vietnam hobbyists drink it very sweet, not only coffee but also other beverages, so if you go by the locals taste it might be quite sickly.
Saigon Iced Coffee

Coffee filtered by fabric net: this is a traditional coffee preparation and unique in Saigon, not readily known as it is quite an ancient method. Powdered coffee is put into a fabric net, then boiled for about 30 minutes. The coffee is made in a brown crock pot. For me, this is my favorite type of coffee.

Special Coffee filter by fabric
Special Vietnamese Iced coffee

Coffee with coconut milk: Indeed this preparation has been used for many years, recently it has become a very trendy drink for tourists. Coconut milk is squeezed from coconut flesh, then condensed milk and hot coffee or served with ice.
Note: This drink is delicious, and very fatty from the coconut, but beware it can also easy give you mild diarrhea if it is mixed in the wrong way.
In addition, there are many other ways of processing coffee, such as coffee with durian (a fruit that smells terrible to Western customers), coffee mixed with wine like a cocktail, and lemon coffee imported from Portugal.

Buy Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Where to drink

Vietnamese people have many places to enjoy delicious coffee. They have familiar shops near their residence or workplace, familiar flavors and a great atmosphere of close friends chatting.
As a foreign tourist, should choose the brand and space as:

+ Trung Nguyen Coffee: coffee shop with business style, modern and bright design. These are coffee shops for Vietnamese people and the coffee can be quite concentrated, you should ask for the lightest coffee they have, or add 1 cup of water.
+ Phuc Long Coffee: if you are a fan of Vietnamese Iced coffee, this is definitely going to be your favorite shop. The space of this cafe is quite small, and it is always full of customers. You should order take away coffee.  
+ Highland Coffee: this is also a chain of coffee shops such as Starbucks coffee, with open and spacious design. This chain of stores is usually located in crowded sightseeing areas.
+ Cộng coffee: nostalgic cafe space in the 80s, the shop has a unique type of coffee such as coconut coffee and durian coffee.
In these places you can not only buy Vietnamese Iced coffee on the spot to drink, but you can also buy beans or coffee powder as a cheap and meaningful souvenir for friends. The shops listed above sell coffee powder with excellent quality and reasonable price, better than in Ben Thanh market.
Trung Nguyen Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Vietnamese Iced Coffee tips

More things about
Vietnamese Iced coffee

I hope you have learnt some interesting things about Vietnamese iced coffee in this article and that we have helped you find a refreshing drink. If you are not a coffee drinker or drink very little coffee, you should give it a go just to see how enjoyable Vietnamese fresh coffee can be. Drink coffee in the morning and at noon. Avoid drinking coffee while you are hungry, you will feel drunk and have a headache. Limit coffee after 5pm or you’ll prepare for a night without sleep.
Tip: Find a coffee shop with an upstairs, choose a place near a roundabout or shopping or museum area to watch the unique traffic flow in Vietnam and watch life go by.
One more thing, Vietnamese Iced coffee also needs to accompany a typical food of Vietnam, especially Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon). Do you know what that is? “Banh-mi”(OMG – You haven’t tried it?? It’s de-li-cous!!) Vietnamese baguette. Sagomeko will cover this in the future articles. Remember to follow us!
Let’s have a cup of iced coffee with condensed milk – Saigon caphe sua da!


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