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How to make Vietnamese Style Coffee without filter

Traditionally a caphephin is used to brew Vietnamese style coffee. The phin sits on top of a cup, there is a compartment that holds the coffee and hot water is poured in on top. Then the coffee drips slooowwly, one drip at a time, through a built-in filter, right into the cup.FullSizeRender (82)

Patience is the key here – the slow drip of the rich coffee into the glass reminds that all good things are worth waiting for, each sip tastes richer & sweeter than the last.

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Usually, the Vietnamese coffee is very strong & bitter in taste, but my iced coffee version is not half as sweet & maybe only half as strong as Vietnamese authentic version.

Use the richest coffee you find, and I’ve used my preferred ratio of sweetener, coffee & ice, but you can easily adjust it your own taste.

This coffee is also the best option to serve your guests when in case you are out of milk. This is the reason why countries that run short of milk usually prefer their coffee with milkmaid, because milkmaid you know can be stored up to months.

Let’s see how to prepare this iced coffee:-

What you need (for 2 serving):-

  1. ½ cup of chilled water
  2. 2 tsp coffee powder
  3. ¼ cup milkmaid
  4. 1½ cup ice
  5. Chocolate shaving (for garnish) optional

How to prepare:-

  • Mix coffee and chilled water properly and let it rest in the deep freezer for about 10-15 minutes. Use the richest coffee you find, I’ve used Nescafe gold, its granular one and I loved it 🙂 
  • Next grind ice, coffee and milkmaid together for about 3 minutes.

Your chilled and refreshing coffee is ready to serve


  1. This sounds amazing. I’m not much of a coffee drinker but I could make this for the people in my life who do

  2. Yess.. They’ll definitely love it 🙂

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  4. OMG! I live in the Kingdom of Tonga and they just opened up a Vietnamese restaurant with Vietnamese Coffee. It is soooooo good!!!

  5. I’ve never had this kind of coffee, but it looks delicious and would love to make sometime.

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