Vietnamese Coffee Guide

Vietnam is the second-largest coffee-producing country globally and has a rich and creative coffee culture appearing in every aspect of life. Unique creations such as egg coffee charm many coffee lovers.

This article includes the following sections:

  • Coffee history
  • Vietnamese coffee culture
  • Coffee beans
  • Best coffee in Vietnam to try
  • How to make Vietnamese iced milk coffee
  • Best Vietnamese coffee brands to buy
coffee and cheese cake

Vietnamese coffee history

In the 80s of the nineteenth century, coffee was introduced by the French in the colonial period.

Initially, this drink was only for the nobility, French officials, or intellectuals in urban areas. There was a time when drinking coffee was also a measure of the style and class of a person. However, gradually, coffee became a popular drink in people’s lives.

The Central Highlands region was chosen to grow coffee and has become the largest coffee-growing area in the country with the best quality coffee.

Vietnamese coffee culture – Cà phê phin

Coffee is not only a drink but also the culture and lifestyle of Vietnamese people.

Vietnamese coffee is mostly made in the French style, Cà phê phin, which means using filters. People pour boiling water and wait for the coffee to expand, soak up the water and strain each drop.

Enjoying and thrilled waiting for each drop of coffee to drop a little is a special hobby of coffee lovers in Vietnam. 

Vietnamese people have their style of enjoying coffee. They do not consider coffee a quick drink but enjoy coffee as a culture of sipping and thinking.

People often sip coffee and read newspapers or chat with friends. Vietnamese prefer their coffee as bold, bitter, and aromatic.

Vietnamese coffee

Vietnamese coffee beans 

There are five types of coffee beans in Vietnam: Robusta, Arabica, Cherri, Moka, Culi.

Arabica and Robusta are the two types of coffee used and grown popular in Vietnam. Each type has made its name in the country and abroad in terms of output, quality, and taste.

About 97% of Vietnam’s coffee beans are Robusta. They are bitter, strong, and contain lots of caffeine. Robusta coffee beans are often used to make instant coffee.

Coffee beans determine the final taste of iced coffee.

  • Lightly roasted coffee has a clear sour taste, sometimes a little acrid
  • Chocolate roasted coffee has a dark, bitter taste, sweet and slightly sour
  • Roasted brown coffee has a bitter taste, passionate aroma, and less sour
coffee bean

4 Best coffee in Vietnam you can’t miss

There are four most popular coffee types that you should try on your trip to Vietnam.

Vietnamese egg coffee

Cà phê trứng, Vietnamese egg coffee, is a popular drink in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The beauty of an egg coffee lies in its unique texture, created by beating egg yolks and sugar until it begins to create a thick, creamy-like texture.

The blended mixture is then poured into the traditional Vietnamese filter coffee. The final flavor is often compared to tiramisu liquid.

Egg coffee Vietnam

Vietnamese iced milk coffee

Cà phê sữa đá, Vietnamese iced milk coffee, is a classic drink in Vietnam traditionally made from filter coffee mixed with condensed milk and then put in a glass cup.

Perhaps the harmonious combination of extremes: bittersweet has made iced milk coffee win the hearts of many people.

While the intense sweetness of condensed milk does not combine well with Arabica coffee’s sweet taste, it is perfect with Robusta, balancing a bitter aftertaste.

Vietnamese ice coffee

Coconut coffee

Cà phê dừa, coconut coffee, has the typical taste of coffee and the aromatic of coconut milk. 

Coconut is grown primarily in the south of Vietnam. Coconut-flavored taste is widely incorporated in the food and beverage industry, so don’t forget to try coconut coffee when you visit this country.

Vietnamese coconut coffee

Yogurt coffee

Yogurt coffee is increasingly appearing in cafes across Vietnam.

Coffee is served hot or cold. Then, one teaspoon of yogurt is added to a cup of coffee or vice versa; one teaspoon of coffee is added to a cup of yogurt. It depends on each person’s taste.

Naturally, condensed milk is often added to sweeten. Condensed milk stirred through yogurt is a popular Vietnamese sweet dish, so adding a little coffee is a great combination.

Yogurt has a perfectly balanced acidity out of the bittersweet flavors of condensed milk coffee.

How to make Vietnamese iced milk coffee


To make a delicious cup of Vietnamese iced milk coffee, you need to prepare the following ingredients:

  • 25g coffee (we use Trung Nguyen Coffee)
  • 80ml hot water
  • Condensed milk
  • Coffee press, cup
  • Teaspoon
  • Ice

How to make Vietnamese ice coffee

This recipe is a simple and quick way to make Vietnamese ice coffee.

  1. Rinse the coffee filter with hot water
  2. Add three tablespoons of condensed milk to a cup to prepare coffee. You can adjust the amount of milk depending on your taste.
  3. Add 25 grams of ground coffee into the coffee press.
  4. Shake slightly to flat coffee. Put the coffee cup on the cup. Screw the press on tight, ensuring that the coffee is packed well
  5. Slowly pour 30ml of boiling water over the surface of the coffee.
  6. After 2-3 minutes, when the coffee powder has absorbed all the water and expanded evenly, you proceed to compress the lid, add 50ml of boiling water, cover, and wait.
  7. At this point, the coffee will drip down the glass below. Depending on the fineness of the coffee, the dripping speed will be different. The average speed is about one drop/second.
  8. Wait for 5-10 minutes, and the coffee is finished. Stir the coffee and condensed milk evenly.
  9. Put the milk coffee in the prepared ice glass and enjoy the delicious iced milk coffee.
Vietnamese iced milk coffee

5 Best Vietnamese coffee brands to buy

Which coffee brands to buy in Vietnam? There are many coffee companies, but the most popular Vietnamese coffee brands are

  • Trung Nguyen, Premium Blend
  • Trung Nguyen, G7 instant coffee
  • Chestbrew Moon Bear, Dark Roast 
  • Dalat Peaberry Robusta, Dark Roast
  • VN Roaster, Butter Roasted Coffee
  • Vinacafe Instant Coffee Mix

I love G7 instant coffee from Trung Nguyen, one of the largest coffee brands in Vietnam. G7 instant coffee 3 in 1 combines three non-dairy cream ingredients, sugar, and coffee, to create a unique flavor.

The premium blend is also a great choice. Trung Nguyen’s premium blend consists of 59.9% Arabica, 40% Robusta, and a hint (.01%) of Chocolate, providing a bold, fragrant, and tasty coffee cup.

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