In Vietnam, coffee is more than just a morning pick-me-up. It's a way of life. Vietnamese coffee is strong, rich, and full of flavor. And if you want to make it the authentic Vietnamese way, you'll need to start with a phin filter.
Phin filters are small metal filters that fit directly over your cup. They're perfect for making small batches of coffee and are very easy to use. Here's how to make Vietnamese drip coffee the authentic way.
How Is Vietnamese Coffee Different?
Vietnamese coffee is usually made with dark roast coffee beans and chicory. The small stainless steel filter holds the grounds, while a perforated plate covers it and a lid goes over the whole unit while the coffee brews slowly. It's often served sweetened condensed milk. The result is a strong, slightly bitter drink that people in Vietnam often have for breakfast and lunch.
What Do You Need
- 1 phin filter
- 1-2 tablespoons ground coffee
- hot water
- sweetened condensed milk (optional, can be replaced with other milk types)
How To Make Drip Coffee: Vietnamese Way
- Boil water and let it cool for about 30 seconds.
- Then, pour the hot water into your phin filter and let it steep for about 15 seconds.
- This will help preheat the filter and ensure that your coffee is evenly extracted.
- Next, add 1-2 tablespoons of ground coffee to the filter.
- The amount of coffee you use will depend on how strong you like your coffee. If you like it on the weaker side, start with 1 tablespoon. For a stronger cup of coffee, use 2 tablespoons.
- Once you've added the coffee, slowly pour hot water into the filter until it's about 1/3 full for the grounds to bloom. This allows for an even extraction.
- After 30-45 seconds, continue slowly pouring water into the filter until it's about 3/4 full. Be sure to pour evenly so that all of the grounds are evenly saturated.
- Now comes the hardest part—waiting! Let the coffee drip into your cup for 4-5 minutes. The longer you let it drip, the stronger your coffee will be.
- When it's finished dripping, remove the filter and enjoy!
How To Drink It
Vietnamese coffee is traditionally served with condensed milk, which adds sweetness and creaminess to the final cup.
- If you want to try this authentic approach, simply add 1-2 tablespoons of condensed milk to your cup before adding the coffee.
- If you want to make Vietnamese iced coffee, simply pour the brewed coffee over a glass of ice and enjoy.
Tips & Tricks
If you want to make coffee using other methods for camping and on the go purpose, including the Cowboy Method, Drip Method, Pour-Over Method, Cold Brew Method, Using Coffee Percolator, and French Press, or Moka pot. Do check out the blog post from Fadfindings on tips how to make coffee while camping.
Whether you're a traditionalist or looking for something new, Vietnamese drip coffee is a great option for your next home-brewed cup o' joe.
All you need is a phin filter and a strong ground coffee, and you'll be on your way to enjoying a delicious cup of authentic Vietnamese drip coffee! Trust us, it's worth it!
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