Brewing coffee in Vietnam is unique. The morning cup of ca phe soon became a local habit. This kind of coffee brewing has developed a style of its own. Beans are ground coarsely. They pass through a French drip filter (called a phin), which sits on top of the cup. The ground coffee is then settled and weighted down with a thin lid. Then hot water is added to the phin. Most people drink brew with sweetened condensed milk. This practice is mainly due to the French who couldn’t easily acquire fresh milk.
If you are in the north of south of Vietnam, the coffee will be called differently
Vietnamese coffee is rather bitter due to:
That’s why adding sweetened milk make the brew more enjoyable
In Vietnam, there is a coffee in every single block in the big cities like Saigon and Hanoi. They’re packed all the day with a mix of locals leisurely sipping away enjoying the day and others grabbing a quick fix on their way to wherever they’re headed. For a list of the best cafes in Saigon, check out the hungry suitcase post.
If you want to drink like a local in the cafes of Vietnam, there are only two drinks you need to know – ca phe sua da (iced coffee with milk) or ca phe den da (iced coffee, black).
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