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How to make Vietnamese Coffee

How to make Vietnamese Coffee (Ca Phe Sua)

  • Author: Azlin Bloor
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 1 1x


How to make Vietnamese Coffee with condensed milk, using a phin, the traditional Vietnamese coffee filter.


  • 1 heaped Tbsp condensed milk
  • 1 heaped Tbsp coarsely ground strong coffee beans
  • 2 Tbsp room temperature water
  • hot water, just off the boil (count 10 seconds after boiling)


  1. Place your condensed milk in your glass or cup.
  2. Place the ground coffee beans in your drip cup and press down with the plunger to flatten.
  3. Pour in 2 Tbsp of room temperature water, and count to 10. This will allow the beans to swell up and slow down the drip, making a stronger and more flavourful brew.
  4. Pour the hot water, almost to the top, stopping about 1-2cm (1/2″) from the rim. Or less water, if you want a stronger coffee.
  5. Leave to drip, it should take about 3 minutes in all. The initial drip may be faster, it will soon slow down. If not, your coffee grains need to be coarser.
  6. Stir and enjoy!
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


  • Calories: 61.5
  • Sodium: 24.6mg
  • Fat: 1.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.4g
  • Protein: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 6.5mg

Keywords: coffee, vietnamese