Vietnamese coffee guide

Vietnamese coffee guide

Vietnamese coffee guide

If you’re traveling to Vietnam, it’s only fair to have at least a sip of their “black fuel”. Believe me, Vietnamese coffee is amazing! And if you’re not sure to trust what I am saying (well, writing ?), trust the locals. You’ll see a lot of locals sitting on small plastic chairs, chatting and sipping the world’s best coffee ☕️

By the way, Vietnam is the second largest producing and exporting country in terms of coffee (right after Brazil).

These are different coffee types Vietnam is famous for:

Egg Coffee

Vietnamese coffee with creamy egg yolks on coffee beans

Definitely my favorite one! Its creaminess reminds me of my childhood when we were whisking egg yolks with sugar with my grandma. It was not for Vietnamese coffee, but for a cake, but still ?

So what do bartenders do, when you order egg coffee? The whisk egg yolks and condensed milk together into a smooth, creamy foam. Once the mixture is ready, they pour it over a strong, black Vietnamese coffee base. Voila!

This type supposedly dates back to 1946, when fresh milk was not always available. Instead, the bartenders used egg yolk to achieve creaminess.

I read a lot about the best egg coffee being served in Giang Cafe in Hanoi, however, I haven’t been there. But I tasted delicious one in Hoi An Roastery (the best coffee I had on the whole trip!).

Drip Coffee

This is the most ‘obvious’ type, as it is the first image you get to see if you search for Vietnamese coffee on Google. You’ll also see this type all over Vietnam, served in a different way.
If you order drip coffee, you’ll get freshly grounded coffee beans, served in a Phin – Vietnamese coffee filter. You need to put the filter over a glass and pour hot water over the coffee. Filtered coffee will slowly drip down to your glass.
You can order drip coffee in different versions, based on your taste:
~ Pure black (very strong taste – the real taste of Vietnamese coffee)
~ With condensed milk (coffee is dripping over the thick, sweet milk in the bottom of the glass)

Both versions come in a hot or iced variant. For my taste, dripping coffee with condensed milk is way too sweet when hot, so I prefer it in iced version ?

We’ve had our best drip coffees in Hoi An Roastery and Highlands Coffee.

Yogurt Coffee

This is the only version I haven’t really tasted, but it was recommended to me by my friend.

I was looking for it, but whenever I found cafes that served it, it just wasn’t the right time for a coffee (either I was in a hurry or it was already very late in the evening). In the end, I ended up with a missing tick on my coffee tasting list. A fair excuse to go back, don’t you think? ?

Even if I haven’t tasted it, I can tell what it’s prepared of. Plain yogurt and condensed milk are mixed in a blender. When smooth, the mixture is poured over crushed ice. In the end, black drip coffee is poured over the iced mixture.

Coconut Coffee

Vietnamese coffee served with coconut ice cream and coconut shaves

If you’re like me and love coconut, you’ll also love this one. It’s creamy and it doesn’t really taste like a coffee. The full taste of coconut gives you an instant reminder, that you’re in a tropical land.

How it’s prepared? Coconut milk and condensed milk are blended until smooth and poured over a black coffee base.

Avocado Coffee

Vietnamese coffee shot, served with avocado smoothie and chocolate ice cream

Avocado coffee might sound too healthy driven for you, but in reality, it’s not ? They prepare an avocado smoothie first and then add… wait for it… chocolate ice cream! Yes, this iced version comes with a real ice cream ? You top this mixture off with an espresso shot.

We tasted ours in Congkopi Specialty Coffee Corner in Danang.

I would love to hear, which one sounds the best to you or if you have tasted any already! Let me know ?

Thank you so much for reading!


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