How to make Vietnamese Coffee – hot and iced

Do you like to experiment with different types of coffee, coffee makers and coffee beans? Then learning how to make Vietnamese coffee will upgrade your coffee making skills and elevate your coffee profile. Are you ready to give it a go?

Vietnamese coffee is often described as the perfect blend of bitterness and sweetness. Made with Robusta coffee that largely grows in Vietnam, pairs nicely with the sweet condensed milk the recipe calls for. The Robusta coffee is higher in caffeine and much bitter and stronger than the Arabica we are all used to drink, therefore, it needs to be balanced with sugar.

Phin filter
Phin filter
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☕How to make Vietnamese Coffee

You will need the Phin, the tiny brewer that has dripping holes on the bottom and a filter to weigh-down the coffee grounds. The filter is either a gravity filter that floats on top or a screw filter that screws down. We make our Vietnamese using a Phin straight from Vietnam, gifted by my sister who experienced the country’s coffee and food scene.

🍭Special ingredients

  • Vietnamese Coffee Trung Nguyen premium blend or
  • Café Du Monde Coffee Chicory which contains Robusta coffee so it is close enough to the traditional one
  • Condensed milk
  • and the Phin tiny brewer

You can find both coffees in both Asian markets and online grocery stores. The Phin brewer is available online too.

Café Du Monde and Trung Nguyen Coffee blends
Café Du Monde, Trung Nguyen Coffee Blends and the phin filter

Why we love 💕this recipe

  • It’s so fun to make!
  • It tastes sooooo good!
  • It reminds us of our childhood condensed milk days

🕐How to make this recipe

  • Brew the coffee in the Phin
  • Mix with condensed milk
  • If you want it iced, add a few ice cubes and you are ready to go – so easy!
Vietnamese coffee made in Phin filter
Vietnamese coffee made in Phin filter
How to make Vietnamese Coffee
How to make Vietnamese Coffee
Vietnamese coffee being brewed
Vietnamese coffee being brewed

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Iced Vietnamese Coffee with condensed milk

Vietnamese Coffee -hot and iced

A dark Robusta Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: beverage, iced Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk, Vietnamese coffee
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 128kcal
Author: wedesserts


  • The Phin filter brewer


  • 1 scoop ground Robusta coffee Trung Nguyen or Cafe du Monde
  • 1 cup of hot water (200° F)
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup of ice cubes for the iced coffee


  • Boil water
  • Place the phin over a heat-resistant glass. Remove the filter press, and place 1 scoop of coffee inside
  • Tap the side of the filter to evenly distribute the grounds, then replace the filter press until tight against the ground coffee
  • Place a splash of hot water in the filter for a few seconds, then fill in the entire filter with hot water
  • Coffee should slowly drip into the glass below
  • When brewing is complete, remove the filter. Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix well
  • Serve immediately if preferred hot
  • If you want to make it iced, pour the mix into a glass filled with ice cubes, stir and enjoy!


  • If you can’t find a Phin filter, you can make this coffee in any Espresso or Moka pot.
  • Robusta coffee is preferable for Vietnamese coffee as it is bitter and pairs well with the condensed milk.


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 148mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 1mg

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