5-Minute Vietnamese Iced Coffee

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Quick and easy Vietnamese iced coffee recipe made in a French press. Just 4 ingredients, made in 5 minutes!

Iced Vietnamese Coffee

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

What kind of coffee should I use?

Cafe Du Monde with chicory is commonly used but any strong brewed coffee will work.

Do I have to use sweetened condensed milk?

Yes, the sweetened condensed milk is essential in making Vietnamese coffee.

Can I use a coffee maker instead of a French press?

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.
Vietnamese iced coffee ingredients

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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Iced Vietnamese Coffee

5-Minute Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Yield: Makes 1 serving

Quick and easy Vietnamese iced coffee recipe made in a French press. Just 4 ingredients, made in 5 minutes!

Instructions

  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.
    If you're using an electric kettle to boil water, set the water temperature to 200°F.
  2. Steep for 4 minutes and press down plunger to strain.
  3. Spoon sweetened condensed milk into a cup.
  4. Pour in coffee from French press.
  5. Stir.
    Mix the coffee and sweetened condensed milk.
  6. Add ice.

Notes

The recipe is the same to make hot Vietnamese coffee -- just don't add the ice.

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