Coffee is something that is known, well-loved, and in pretty much every country on the planet. It’s not the same everywhere you go though, different cultures have added their own traditions and cultural changes to one of the world’s most popular drinks. This means that ordering a ‘regular coffee’ in one country may differ entirely from another country. That’s why we are going to look at what is different about Vietnamese coffee.
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What is Vietnamese Coffee?
Vietnamese coffee is a type of coffee that is made with dark-roasted coffee beans and often with condensed milk. This is optional, and the coffee can be enjoyed with sugar and even chicory, which is a popular choice for some locals.
Just like many coffee cultures around the world, Vietnamese coffee has a number of variations with different ingredients. Some popular coffees amongst locals include:
- Cà Phê Sữa (Milk Coffee)
- Cà phê trứng (Egg Coffee)
- Cà phê dừa (Coconut Coffee)
- Cà phê sữa chua (Yogurt Coffee)
Each one of these coffee drinks has a completely different taste, texture, and aroma. Some might argue that it takes away the true taste of the coffee, but some of these flavor combinations are very popular for those with a sweet tooth.
Vietnamese Coffee and How is it Made
Vietnamese coffee is a type of coffee that is brewed in the Vietnamese way. It is a strong and sweet drink, with a heavy taste. It has been said to be one of the most popular beverages in Vietnam.
Vietnamese style coffee is a traditional Vietnamese drink that is made with finely ground dark roasted coffee beans and sweetened condensed milk. The beans are roasted in a wok over a flame, then brewed using a classic metal filter that sits on top of the cup or glass.
The taste of Vietnamese coffee is unique because it has sugar and condensed milk which makes the coffee sweeter and denser than coffees you might be used to. This could be served either iced or hot, but it would be considered more of a desert coffee drink to other cultures who are used to the bitter black coffee.
What Is Different About Vietnamese Coffee
Vietnamese coffee is a refreshing drink with a rich body and complex taste. It is made from finely ground dark-roasted beans and is more commonly combined with condensed milk.
The three unique components of Vietnamese coffee that give it a rich body and complex taste are:
- The beans are roasted to perfection to bring out the natural flavors of the coffee.
- The water is boiled until it reaches boiling point, then it is allowed to cool down for 10 minutes before being poured over the ground beans.
- The mixture of grounds and water is filtered through a metal filter into two cups, one for drinking and one for pouring back into the pot to extract all the coffee from the grounds.
It is generally served as a black coffee dripping through a metal filter, then once the drip process is complete, you add the condensed milk, then stir. It creates a smooth, rich drink with a sweetened coffee taste. Removing the bitterness of regular black coffee and making it more of a desert-focused drink.
The Final Sip
So what is different about Vietnamese coffee? It is generally dark roasted, finely ground, filtered through a metal filter atop a cup, and boosted with condensed milk to make a sweeter and richer coffee drink. This was just a quick look at what makes it different, we will be covering Vietnamese coffee culture in a future article, so be sure to sign up!