As soon as we mention coffee, the first location that comes to mind is always South America. But did you know that Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world, coming runner-up only to Brazil?
Coffee arrived in Vietnam around 1700 and soon became a traditional beverage, drunk in a host of different variants.
As you already know, every country has its own way of making the well-known drink and Vietnam is no exception. In contrast to our own, creamy espresso, in Vietnam coffee is made by “dripping” it through a special coffee maker, consisting of several filters. We could perhaps compare it to the coffee we make with the moka machine, even if the Vietnamese version is even stronger and more intense.
To make the perfect Vietnamese coffee you don’t need much:
- 1 single dose Vietnamese coffee maker
- Medium roasted ground coffee
- Condensed milk
- Hot water
How is Vietnamese coffee made?
Opposed to espresso, which is quick to make (as its name suggests!), making this coffee requires a great deal of patience: the drink comes out drop by drop and it takes between 5 and 10 minutes to make a full cup! But let’s look more carefully at how it’s made!
- Take the Vietnamese coffee maker, rinse it with hot water and dry it. This warms up the metal and enhances the coffee-making process;
- Add half a finger of condensed milk to a glass. This kind of milk is very popular in Vietnam because it is easy to store. It is also very sweet and creamy so it makes the intense flavour of the coffee more “delicate”;
- Now place the coffee-maker over the cup and add 3 to 4 teaspoons of medium roasted ground coffee. Press down slightly with the second filter, just to level the coffee off;
- At this point, add a finger of water so that it is absorbed by the coffee, rehydrating it;
- After 10 seconds, add the rest of the water, filling the coffee-maker until it is ¾ full. The water will begin to filter through the coffee, which will fall into the cup drop by drop;
- Once all the water has filtered through, stir and savour!
If you want to keep the cup at the perfect temperature, immerse it in a larger container full of hot water while the drops are filtering through. Instead, if you prefer to drink it cold, simply add a few cubes of ice.
This is the most popular way of drinking coffee in Vietnam, but not the only one. Let’s look at some of the other methods used.
The other versions of Vietnamese coffee
The version known as “vot” is the most ancient and traditional one. All it entails is passing hot water through a mesh or fabric filter.
Another version is coffee with egg, again made with the traditional method, but this time adding a mixture of whipped egg yolk and condensed milk.
Now that you know all about Vietnamese coffee, all that’s left for you to do is try and make it, perhaps using the finest medium roasted blends by Caffè Aiello.