Vietnamese Coffee

I love a coffee maker/filter that doesn’t require an external filter (eco-friendly!). So in addition to french press and moka pot, I now have this awesome phin! A phin is a Vietnamese coffee filter used to make cà phê sữa nóng and cà phê đá, Vietnamese hot and iced coffee, respectively. The recipe below is for the hot variation, but this can just as easily be done over ice, which I will do very soon!

The recipe itself is very simple and needs very little equipment. All you need is the little filter and a glass or mug. Perfect for travel! What’s your favorite to make on the road? Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram!


Vietnamese coffee filter (a phin), or you can use a French press
3 tbsp ground coffee
1-3 tbsp sweetened condensed coconut milk
1 cup (maybe a little less) water, about a minute off the boil

  1. Add the sweetened condensed coconut milk to the bottom of a glass mug.
  2. Place the filter over the mug. Add the coffee to the bottom of the filter.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of the hot water to the coffee grounds to allow them to bloom. Let sit for about 10 seconds, gently press the filter lid to the coffee and add the rest of the hot water.
  4. The coffee will slowly drip into your mug and take a couple minutes in total. Once all the coffee has dripped through, you should see distinct layers of condensed coconut milk and coffee.
  5. Mix that up and enjoy!