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Let’s Fall In Love With  Cà Phê

Let’s Fall in Love with Cà Phê

You know you are in Vietnam when your nose fills up with the strong intoxicating aroma of coffee, and your sights fills with the trendy, retro, and traditional cafes on the sidewalks.

Coffee or Cà Phê, as they call it, is not just a drink, but a way of life in Vietnam. The country is the second largest producer of coffee, mostly “robusta” beans, which is twice as stronger than the globally popular arabica beans.

Enjoy it black or with the condensed milk, or sip in the innovative variants – with the egg or coconut milk or even fruits, and you get into the rich depth of Vietnamese coffee.
Here I am, writing about my favourite coffee, while sipping a delightful cup filtered through the traditional Phin !

What’s the Phin all about?

This is where all the magic happens. It is a 4 piece steel coffee filter which sits over your cup, and gives a strong brew, each drop dropping slowly from it. The moments spent waiting for your coffee to brew, in front of you, is what makes Vietnamese coffee a unique experience.

Have it black or add sweetened condensed milk to make it sweet – don’t worry the sweetness will not take away the flavour of the coffee as it is very strong – hot or cold, it is the perfect coffee that hits the right notes, and a must try for all coffee lovers.

Classic Vietnamese Coffees: A Must Try

Cà Phê Den, Vietnamese Black Coffee:

It is the traditional black coffee that pours into your cup, brewed through the phin. You want it sweet, then go for Ca Phe Den Nong – hot black and sweet. You like your black coffee cold? Just ask for Ca Phe Den Da – black, iced and sweet.

Don’t want it sweet? Just say “Khong Duong” at the end.

Cà Phê Sua Da:

The classic Vietnamese Cold Coffee! It is the perfect combination of strong black coffee, sweetened condensed milk and ice. You have the condensed milk at the bottom, pour (or brew through Phin) black coffee over it, mix it well, take glass with ice cubes, slowly pour the coffee over the ice, stir, and you have the best, sweet cold coffee! The sweetness of the condensed milk just adds to the strong rich flavour of the coffee and you have the perfect refreshing drink for a hot, sultry day!

Cà Phê Trung:

Egg + Coffee? Yes! And that’s a must-try drink in Hanoi !
When I heard about it, I was thinking the same as you are now. Once I had a sip of it, I tell you – it was a match made in heaven! It’s a creamy, frothy mix of egg yolk, with sugar or honey with a bit of vanilla essence, over hot dark coffee, while the cup is placed over hot water to keep the temperature. It’s a perfect after-meal dessert or to have it in a cold winter evening. Ca Phe Trung or Vietnamese Egg Coffee – it’s quite delicious and a piece of art.

Cà Phê Dua:

Vietnamese are very innovative in coffee making and this exclusive style of coffee is a favourite of mine. Whether it’s icy cold or piping hot, you will just love this Vietnamese speciality. Take equal quantities of sweetened condensed milk and coconut milk in a cup, pour Vietnamese black coffee over it, mix it well (if you like it cold, take a glass half filled with ice and pour the coffee mix over it) and thus you get an aromatic, flavoursome, rich Ca Phe Dua – the Vietnamese Coconut Coffee. It is as refreshing as the beauty of Vietnam!

Coconut Coffee

Cà Phê Sữa Chua:

You drink coffee and eat yoghurt. Right? Now blend the two, add in sweetened condensed milk and ice, and behold – you have a mouth-watering drink. This delicious concoction of sour, bitter and sweet makes Cà Phê Sữa Chua – Vietnamese Yoghurt Coffee – a nutritious and energetic drink.

Pic Courtesy : Yogurt Coffee

Cool cafes to sip the best coffee:

Here’s a list of coolest cafes you should try in Vietnam.

Pic Courtesy :

Café Giang
The Note Coffee
Cong Caphe
The Railway Hanoi (Choo Choo Café)
Loading T Café
Hanoi House Café
Café Duy Tri
Hidden Gem Café and Pub
Tranquil Books and Coffee
Café Lam
La Place

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The Workshop Coffee #theworkshopcoffee
L’Usine Cafe
La Viet Coffee
Heritage Café
Trung Nguyen Legend Café
Highland Coffee

And The Café Apartment at 42 Nguyen Hue, Saigon.

So, which of this Vietnamese speciality coffee drinks is your favourite or you would love to try?

This Post Has 38 Comments
  1. Beautifully penned. Was astonished to learn and know about the Ca Phe Trung. Will definitely try when I am in Vietnam.

    1. Thank you so much for your appreciation. You should definitely try their unique varieties of coffee or Ca Phe, as they call it 🙂 whenever you are there. Hope we can again start travelling and exploring new places! Stay safe..

  2. It was totally something new for me. Quite informative… especially the traditional Phin.
    Would love to take a sip of all the Ca Phe when I visit Vietnam. 😊

    1. It’s my pleasure that you liked my write up..just want to share my experiences and encourage people to travel and explore new places and experience their traditions. Hope we can travel again..soon!

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