When we first traveled to Vietnam in 2017 we were pleasantly surprised with the coffee culture. So when we returned to Vietnam at the beginning of 2020 we were so excited for the coffee. In Vietnam coffee shops are on every corner in the big cities and the small rural town.
Vietnamese coffee has a distinct flavour. It is made with a dark-roasted Robusta beans in a drip press. Robusta coffee beans are more bitter in flavour, hold less acidity, more caffeine and have more antioxidants than arabica coffee beans.
The dark-roasted Robusta beans provide a strong and bold flavour. The Vietnamese love to serve coffee with condensed milk. This provides the coffee with a sweet balance. Vietnamese coffee is very strong in flavour the addition of the condensed milk creates a perfect balance with out loosing the coffee flavour.
Coffee was introduced to Vietnam in the 19th century. French colonists planted the first coffee trees in Vietnam. Now Vietnam is one of the largest coffee producers in the world and the largest producer of robusta coffee.
There are four signature coffees you have to try when you are in Vietnam!
Cà Phê Sữa Đá: Vietnamese Coffee
So beginning with the most popular type of Vietnamese coffee. Cà Phê Sữa Đá is made with a layer of condensed milk at the bottom of the class. Then a coffee drip is placed on to of the glass and the coffee begins dripping. The coffee can be drank hot or poured over a glass of ice. This is the most common type of coffee you will see in Vietnam and can be found in any coffee shop.
Cà phê đá: Iced black coffee
Cà phê đá is pure black coffee with ice and no condensed milk. They will usually add spoons of sugar. As Vietnamese coffee is brewed strong and bitter the addition of the sugar helps to cut the intensity. If you want to order your coffee black without sugar you will have to ask for “không đường” (no sugar). However be warned, the coffee is extremely bitter.
3. Cà phê dừa: Coconut Coffee
Coconut coffee is as delicious as it sounds. The strong flavour of the robust coffee is mixed with coconut milk and a little condensed milk then poured over ice. This coffee is less sweet than the traditional Vietnamese coffee. It is the perfect refreshing beverage for a hot and humid Vietnamese Summer.
4. Cà Phê Trứng: Egg Coffee
Cà phê trứng or egg coffee is made using Vietnamese drip coffee and a topped with layer of whipped egg yolks with condensed milk and sugar. This coffee is often identified as the best of Vietnamese coffee. Creamy in texture with a caramelised flavour similar to a creme brûlée, this coffee is typically served hot and is a must try when in Vietnam.
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