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Vietnamese Style Iced Instant Coffee Recipe

Make your delicious Vietnamese style iced coffee, instantly, with this easy-to-make at home recipe. 

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Coffee is extremely popular in Vietnam, where it was first introduced by French colonists in the 1850s.

For the Vietnamese, coffee is more than just a drink with a shot of energy, it's a way of life. Vietnamese cafes range from small outlets to sleek, contemporary coffee shops with trained roasters.

In the 1980s, economic reforms known as ‘Doi Moi’ were announced in Vietnam. Through these sets of reforms private farming was permitted and the government announced it plans to become a major coffee exporter. That goal was realized when by the mid 1990s, Vietnam became the world’s second largest coffee producer. A title it holds up to this day.

What is Vietnamese Coffee?

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Vietnam primarily grows robusta coffee, which is famous for its higher caffeine content and bitter profile when compared to arabica coffee

Traditionally, Vietnamese iced coffee is made as a dark roast. Brewed using a phin – a small metal filter that is sitting on top of the coffee cup. As water is poured through the filter over ice, the ground coffee soaks it flavors and producing a bold brew that drips into the cup. 

Vietnamese iced coffee is served with sweetened condensed milk. This practice was also first introduced by the French when there wasn’t fresh milk available in Vietnam. The habit became a local practice that is so deeply associated nowadays to Vietnamese coffee. Three or more tbsp of sweetened condensed are added into the cup prior to the drip filter process. 

Another easy way for making Vietnamese iced coffee is using instant coffee, and people in Vietnam enjoy making it that way. According to this research, from 2009 - 2011 the most popular Vietnamese local instant coffee brand was purchased by 10 million households out of 17 million households in all of Vietnam. It is safe to say that along with the rest of the world, Vietnam has also hopped onto the instant coffee wagon. 

How to Make Vietnamese Style Iced Instant Coffee

Vietnamese instant coffee recipe



  1. Boil water.
  2. Mix instant coffee with the hot water.
  3. Using a milk frother froth coffee for 15 seconds.
  4. Add condensed milk and froth again for another 15 seconds.
  5. Place ice in additional glass.
  6. Then, slowly top with the coffee. Enjoy!

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