The best way to Brew Vietnamese Iced Espresso

Vietnamese-style iced espresso (ca phe sua da or cà phê sữa đá) is tremendous simple to make and all you want is a stainless-steel filter that prices round $7 USD on-line. For those who dwell in a metropolis with a Vietnamese grocery retailer, you’ll seemingly discover them even cheaper.

Vietnamese espresso may be served scorching, however for this tutorial, we’re going to brew an iced espresso that’s each robust and candy.

Though it’s conventional to make use of dark-roasted espresso for this drink, I found it’s completely advantageous to make use of a medium roast. Nonetheless, mild roasted coffees needs to be averted as they are typically overpowered by the sweetness of the condensed milk.

What You’ll Want

  • Vietnamese Espresso Filter
  • Floor espresso
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Spoon
  • Glass or mug
  • Ice
  • (non-obligatory) fish sauce and a toothpick

Vietnamese Coffee Brewer set

Vietnamese Espresso Filter Set

#1 Add Condensed Milk to Glass

You don’t want a lot, as condensed milk could be very candy. Begin with simply sufficient to cowl the underside, possibly 1/3 of an inch (~1 cm). You possibly can all the time add extra condensed milk later. Don’t add the ice but. That’s the final step.

condensed milk and Vietnamese coffee brewer

#2 Take away the Prime Display of the Filter

The espresso will go beneath the highest display, so take away it earlier than including espresso.

#3 Add Floor Espresso to Filter

Add one rounded tablespoon of floor espresso. There are numerous opinions on the perfect grind stage. All the things from french press coarse to espresso advantageous. How tight the filter is screwed on can even play a task. A medium grind is an efficient place to begin.

Add Ground Coffee to Vietnamese brewer

Some variations of this recipe use chicory. That is non-obligatory. You could possibly use a espresso corresponding to Cafe du Monde, which has chicory in it or you would add it your self. For those who combine in chicory your self, you don’t want greater than 1/2 a teaspoon.

#4 Cowl with Prime Filter

Screw the highest filter till it’s cosy. For those who determined to make use of a rough grind, you might have to go somewhat tighter. Extra on that beneath.

Remove Top Filter Lid of Vietnamese Coffee brewer

#5 Set Brewer Over Glass with Stand

The benefit of brewing in a glass as an alternative of a mug is you possibly can watch the brewing happen.

Setup Vietnamese coffee brewer on glass

#6 Add Scorching Water

Fill the Vietnamese Espresso Filter with scorching water. I normally take water to boil after which let it cool for about 30 seconds earlier than pouring.

The water ought to take between 4 and 5 minutes to move via the filter. If it goes too quick, you possibly can both tighten the highest filter or use a much less coarse grind. If it goes too gradual, both the grind is simply too advantageous or the filter is screwed in too tight.

There may be additionally a lid you possibly can place on high of the filter. I don’t use it. I choose to observe the progress of the brew so I do know if I have to make changes to the grind or regulate the tightness of the highest filter.

fill Vietnamese coffee filter with hot water

#7 Look ahead to Brew to Full

The best half. Simply watch for the water to move via the filter. For the primary few brews, use a timer. The espresso will drip via the filter. Intention for between 4 and 5 minutes. See the recommendation in Step #6 in case you are exterior that vary.

Discover how the espresso layers on high of the condensed milk.

Finished Vietnamese Coffee Brewing

#8 Combine the Espresso and Condensed Milk

Stir the condensed milk into the brewed espresso. Some recipes name for including extra sugar. I discovered the drink candy sufficient, however let your palate be your decide.

Mix Coffee with Condensed milk for Vietnamese iced coffee

#9 (non-obligatory) Add Fish Sauce

Some locations in Vietnam will soak the tip of a toothpick with fish sauce and stir it into the espresso. I imagine the explanation for doing that is {that a} small quantity of salt or salty taste has been recognized to chop the bitterness. Darker roasted espresso, particularly French Roast, tends to be extra bitter. So by including only a tiny quantity of fish sauce which occurs to be salty, the closely roasted espresso can style smoother. If the espresso you’re utilizing will not be a darkish roast, I might skip this step.

#10 Serve With Ice

Combine the ice into the drink and revel in!

Iced Vietnamese Coffee


Vietnamese Iced Espresso Brewing Tutorial by Inanimate Objects – Comedian model of this tutorial.

Condensed Milk – A Wikipedia web page describing how condensed milk is made utilizing steam and sugar so it stays shelf-stable for years.

Vietnamese Iced Espresso – Wikipedia web page.

Title Photograph by Lee Aik Quickly.

Brewing images by Joseph Robertson of Extracted Journal, a digital espresso journal printed for iOS and Android.

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