Vietnamese coffee – About me
Coffee is one kind of drink that attracts many many people. I know that because I’ve seen that and it attracts me, too. In fact, I grew up with it. When we think about coffee, which place we think about right at once? Brazil? Ethiopia? Columbia? Are you surprised if I tell you that a small country in The Southeast Asia is one of the large coffee exporters which can be compared to Brazil? Yes, and that country is Vietnam, my home country. Vietnam is a land for coffee to thrive. Let me introduce about myself first!
- 1 About me
- 2 And here I introduce to you, Vietnam Coffee!
- 2.1 What kinds of coffee plant? – A pair to the land as well as the culture
- 2.2 Most popular Vietnamese coffee
- 2.3 How to Brew Vietnamese coffee
- 2.4 How to make Vietnamese coffee
- 2.5 Best Vietnamese coffee brands
- 2.6 Q&A
I grew up everyday with a cup of iced coffee or milk coffee as well as seeing my neighbors having their coffee after breakfast. I’ve traveled and tasted other country coffee but Vietnamese coffee is still my lover. You may think it is due to the fact that Vietnam is my home country. Yes, part of, but one of reasons is the coffee itself, Vietnam coffee is very strong, dark, bitter and dense. It’s hard to get the taste that strong out of your head.
While having my journey of discovering different types of coffee, I realized that a cup of coffee is both simple and complicated. So, I keep searching to know more about coffee and anything related so that I can enjoy it to its best.
I established this web as a result of that coffee seeking and experiencing, to share with you what I know about coffee especially about Vietnamese coffee, to spread coffee around the world as well as to express my coffee passion.
And here I introduce to you, Vietnam Coffee!
What is Vietnamese Coffee?
The French introduced coffee to Vietnam in the 19th. Well, and Vietnam was an agriculture country with its rich food and beverage culture, so like fish meet water, coffee thrived and developed its own ways in Vietnam.
- Medium to course ground
- Strong, dark, dense, bitter but still sweet
- Unique way to brew and enjoy
- Unique recipes
What kinds of coffee plant? – A pair to the land as well as the culture
As you may have known, there are two main types of coffee plants, Robusta and Araibca
Robusta is more easier to grow than Arabica, even in harsh environment, they still produce coffee Therefore, deep, dark, rich coffee along with the high caffeine are whatRobusta offer due to their nature. They thrive most in tropical climate, that’s also why most of Vietnam coffee is from Robusta variety. Not only because Robusta thrives in Vietnam land and climate but also suits to the taste of Vietnam people Most of Robusta plantations locate at the central highland (Buon Me Thuot, Gia Lai, Dac Lak,…)
Beans from Arabica variety are harder to grow, so they come with higher price as a result. Since Robusta beans are what Vietnam focus on, Arabica just holds a little portion of coffee produced in Vietnam. However, to produce more good types of coffee, Vietnam has started to grow Arabica in the North.
Nowadays, most of exported Vietnamese coffee ground is a blend of different types of coffee beans such as Robusta, Arabica, Catimor and Chari to produce unique and exotic flavor which still has strong taste of Vietnamese way but also suits to the other country taste such as Chari or Catimor. For example, Premium Culi by Trung Nguyen is a blend of Culi Arabica, Robusta, Chari as well as Catimor. Ever heard of Culi beans? It is not a type of coffee plant variety which produces the beans. In fact, it is a special type of beans. Normally, a fruit of the coffee contains two seeds which develop and have a flat side. However, there is chance of mutation which causes the cherry just has one seed and that one develops into one full shape. That one seed coffee fruit is called Culi or Peaberry. The percentage of mutation is high, 5%. Due to the fact that no seed to compete within the fruit but just one coffee seed alone, Culi beans offer stronger and more intense flavor.
Now, if someone mentions Culi Arabica or Culi Robusta, you know what it means. Not a coffee plant variety, it’s coffee bean mutation. And that makes wonderful coffee.
Most popular Vietnamese coffee
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How to Brew Vietnamese coffee
Coffee machine won’t make a Vietnamese coffee, that is for sure. Vietnamese coffee is brewed by “phin”, a coffee brewer which contains 4 parts: a cup, a filter, a lid, and another compressed filter. Check how to use it below.
Prepare: Phin(Vietnamese coffee filter set), Ground coffee, coffee glass and hot water
Step 1: Wash Phin with hot water to help the coffee more delicious. Then put the filter in front of coffee glass.
Step 2: Put the coffee into the Phin (1/2 Phin). Place the filter insert lightly on top of the coffee and push the coffee down two or three times but shouldn’t push too hard.
Step 3: Pour 20% hot water into the Phin and wait about 20 seconds for coffee powder swells, the put more 80% hot water (the water is about 2/3 of phin).
Step 4: Waiting for the coffee drop down until the end. Take a look, If the coffee drip down per second a drop that mean you are success.
How to make Vietnamese coffee
To be able to make 1 cup of good coffee in style, choosing to buy coffee plays a very important role, so when buying coffee to keep in mind:
Buy organic coffee, have a clear origin as currently “coffee clones” are rampant in the market a lot, it’s best to buy coffee of the garden or the famous coffee brands, prestige credit.
Most of Vietnamese coffee recipes contain of brewed coffee from the “phin”. There are 2 main simple recipes:
Vietnamese Iced coffee recipe
Ingredients: brewed coffee, Ice, Sugar, 1 coffee cup, 1 glass & 1 spoon.
Step 1: Put coffee which was brewed into the glass (1/2 of the glass).
Step 2: Put 3 teaspoon of sugar and mix coffee with sugar until the sugar melt.
Step 3: Put ice in the coffee cup and then drop the coffee into.
Step 4: Enjoy Vietnamese iced coffee.
Note*: If you want the iced coffee more strong you don’t need to use the sugar.
Sweet condensed milk coffee
Ingredients: brewed coffee, Ice, Sweet condensed milk, 1 coffee cup, 1 glass & 1 spoon.
Step 1: Put Sweet condensed milk into the glass (about 1/5 of the glass).
Step 2: Put brewed coffee into the glass and mix the coffee with sweet condensed milk.
Step 3: Put ice in the coffee cup and then drop the milk coffee into.
Step 4: Enjoy Sweet condensed milk coffee.
Note*: Hot Sweet condensed milk coffee is very good for sickness guy. So you can change the ice to hot water to make hot milk coffee.
They’re very simple recipes but very flavorful. How much ingredient you want to add depends on your preferences. Add super sweeten dense milk to the super dense and dark coffee (how much depends on how much you like) is the mix that I can’t forget.
Best Vietnamese coffee brands
Trung Nguyen, Vinacafe, Highlands are strong and famous Vietnam coffee brands. Still, you may have heard friends recommending others, try and pick your favorite. We never know all about gourmet world.
Here’s the brief introduction. Go, check the coffee world. It’s enjoyable!
How to use Vietnamese coffee filter?
You can answer this question on here How to Brew Vietnamese coffee.
How to drink Vietnamese coffee?
If you want to enjoy and feel particularly delicious taste of Vietnamese coffee you need to have time, not to drink coffee in a hurry, take a sip and sips to feel slowly. Certainly it will give you the feel very special. Phase finished, they must enjoy, but need to properly and effectively. Best time to drink coffee (in the morning, 30 minutes after eating, before doing the exercise, when you feel stress or fatigue)
Where to buy Vietnamese Coffee?
Vietnamese coffee is very famous in the world. But there are not many company selling it over of the world. You can check and buy Vietnamese coffee online here. If you travel to Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh city) you can buy the Vietnamese coffee from me, my coffee is real and cheaper than most of coffee shop. If you ask to buy the coffee in Ben Thanh market, it is super expensive you can check before call me 🙂 and I can bring the coffee to your hotel. Contact with me here.