Quick and easy Vietnamese iced coffee recipe made in a French press. Just 4 ingredients, made in 5 minutes!
Vietnamese Iced Coffee in a French Press
- Made in 5 minutes, this Vietnamese iced coffee is easy and delicious.
- Coffee is made in a French press.
- It’s sweet and creamy, with a caffeine kick.
- No need for a Phin, a traditional Vietnamese coffee maker and filter.
- The French press mimics the Phin by letting coffee grounds steep in hot water.
- This recipe takes a Vietnamese coffee (coffee plus sweetened condensed milk) and adds ice to make it a Vietnamese iced coffee.
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Questions You May Have
Cafe Du Monde with chicory is commonly used but any strong brewed coffee will work.
Yes, the sweetened condensed milk is essential in making Vietnamese coffee.
A French press is better for making small amounts of strong coffee than a coffee maker.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee Tips
- Making iced and hot Vietnamese coffee is the same — just add ice to make it iced.
- Use medium-coarse grind coffee for the French press. If the coffee is too finely ground, it’ll pass through the filter and make your coffee cloudy.
- Any dark roast coffee like French roast would work but Cafe Du Monde is the most popular coffee to use for Vietnamese coffee.
- The more ice you add, the more watered down the coffee will get.
What you’ll need
How to Make Vietnamese Iced Coffee
STEP 1: Combine coffee and hot water in a French press.
The French press does the same thing that a traditional Vietnamese coffee maker does — it steeps the coffee in hot water.
Make sure to use medium-coarse grind coffee, which is the French press setting. (It’s setting #28 on the Baratza coffee grinder.)
If you’re using an electric kettle to boil water, set the water temperature to 200°F.
Use filtered water whenever possible to make better tasting coffee.
It’s 2 tablespoons of coffee and 3/4 cup of hot water.
STEP 2: Steep for 4 minutes and press down plunger to strain.
STEP 3: Spoon sweetened condensed milk into a cup.
STEP 4: Pour in coffee from French press.
STEP 5: Stir.
If you want hot Vietnamese coffee, you can drink it as is.
STEP 6: Add ice.
To make it nice and cold, add ice to cool down the coffee quick. It’s now ready to drink!
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- Combine coffee and hot water in a French press.
The French press does the same thing that a traditional Vietnamese coffee maker does -- it steeps the coffee in hot water.
If you're using an electric kettle to boil water, set the water temperature to 200°F.
- Steep for 4 minutes and press down plunger to strain.
- Spoon sweetened condensed milk into a cup.
- Pour in coffee from French press.
Mix the coffee and sweetened condensed milk.
- Add ice.
The recipe is the same to make hot Vietnamese coffee -- just don't add the ice.