Vietnamese Iced Coffee

posted on: February 2, 2015

This may come as a surprise to some but I don’t drink coffee. I gave it up 8 years ago and I haven’t looked back since. However, there are moments when I miss it, not so much for the taste, but for the experience. On my recent trip to Ho Chi Minh City I decided to break my coffee hiatus and try one of the famous Vietnamese iced coffees, and I must admit, I really did enjoy it.

Known to locals as cà phê đá, Vietnamese iced coffee is a staple in this region. It is enjoyed at all hours of the day, usually hot in the morning and iced in the afternoons.  Made with coarsely-ground dark roast coffee, the servings are individually brewed using a small metal French drip filter into a cup or glass containing a good dose of sweetened condensed milk.  These coffees are incredibly strong and if you are not used to such an intense brew then you may want to ask the vendor to go easy on the coffee…but if you’re anything like me and would rather have it the way locals do then I suggest go the full monty and deal with the consequences later. It’s totally worth it.

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