How to Brew Authentic Vietnamese Coffee - Step by Step Guide

August 18, 2020

Vietnamese Whole Bean Coffee Craft Roasted in USA

Step by Step Guide to Making Vietnamese Coffee

We’re going to show you how to make Authentic Vietnamese Coffee like they do in the cafes of Ho Chi Minh City.

In order to bring you the freshest, most delicious Vietnamese Coffee, we partnered with Thu Pham, the superwoman behind Càphê, the only Vietnamese Roastery in Philadelphia.

If this is your first experience making Vietnamese Coffee, we recommend you purchase our Vroom! Vroom! Authentic Vietnamese Coffee Starter Set. The set includes everything you need except a grinder.

Each set includes (also sold separately):

- 10 oz Bag of Vroom! Vroom! Vietnamese Whole Bean Coffee
- Traditional Stainless Steel Vietnamese Coffee Filter (called a phin)
- 14 oz Longevity Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk, single can
- Brewing directions

First things first. Authentic Vietnamese coffee isn’t brewed in a drip maker. If you do that, it will not taste good and people will call you names. You don’t want that. 

It takes about 5 - 10 minutes to make a Vietnamese coffee, but it’s easy once you do it a couple of times. You will need your own grinder.

The magic of Vroom! Vroom! takes place when you combine the super dark chocolatey coffee with the gooey, sweetened condensed milk. It’s like 1 + 1 = 3. You’ll want to make it in a glass, the traditional way.

Thu roasts the beans to perfection - super duper dark and smoky. The aroma you get from just grinding the beans can make your knees knock.

The brew is terrific as iced coffee on a hot day or hot coffee on a cold one. Ready to learn how to do it? Here are the steps.


Vietnamese Coffee Starter Set, Phin, Sweetened Condensed Milk

Get Ready

First, you’ll need to grab a bag of our Vroom! Vroom! Vietnamese Whole Bean Coffee, a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk, and a Vietnamese Filter (phin). If you’re missing any of these things, or ran out, you can purchase them at Reluctant Trading. You’ll need your own coffee grinder as well because our coffee is whole bean.

Okay, let’s get going. Grab a glass, set aside, and start boiling some water.

Vietnamese Coffee Step by Step Brewing

1. Add Condensed Sweetened Milk to Glass

Add 1 - 3 tbsp of sweetened condensed milk into a clear glass. Adjust the amount of condensed milk to your liking. You’ll learn how much you like over time. You can always stir a little more in at the end.

Step 2 Authentic Vietnamese Add Ground Coffee to Phin

2. Grind Coffee, Add to Phin (Coffee Filter Basket)

Add 3 tbsp (20g) of coarsely ground Vroom! Vroom! coffee into the Vietnamese coffee filter basket called a phin.

Place the tamper (metal piece with looped handle) in the basket, on top of the coffee grinds, push down, and twist to level the coffee.

A leveled surface will result in more even extraction during brew.

Step 3 Add Water to Phin Bloom Coffee

3. Place Phin on Glass, Add Splash of Boiled Water, Wait 30 Seconds

Place the coffee filter on top of the glass. 

Splash 212 degrees of hot water (just after boil) into the basket. Add just enough hot water to cover the tamper, and wait about 30 seconds.

During this process, CO2 is released, causing the coffee to bloom and the tamper to elevate. Slightly push the tamper back down and into place after 30 seconds.

Add Hot Water to Phin Step by Step Vietnamese Coffee Guide

4. Add Several Batches of Hot Water

Pour 3 - 4 full cycles of hot water into phin. The process will take about 5:00 minutes to brew about 5 or 6 oz of coffee.

During the process, if the looped tamper rises up and out of place, gently push it back down into place. The coffee should drip slowly into the glass. If it rains down too quickly, then the tamper might be out of place. 

Whatever happens, don’t worry. The coffee is really forgiving and will taste delicious. If you ground your coffee too fine, the process might take a bit longer. But it will all be okay.

Step 5. Vietnamese Coffee Remove Phin and Stir

5. Remove Phin, Stir

Once you’ve brewed enough coffee, remove the phin from the cup and set aside for washing. Vigorously stir the drink to blend the coffee with the condensed milk. 

Step 5. Drink Hot or Iced Vietnamese Coffee, stir briskly

6. Drink Hot or Add Ice? Tough decision!

Once you’ve thoroughly stirred in the condensed milk, your drink is ready to enjoy.

But wait, there’s more! 

Vroom! Vroom! is AMAZING as iced coffee. It’s so easy. Just add ice and keep stirring.

Drink hot or add ice? This might be your toughest decision!

BTW, Iced coffee is called Cà Phê Sua Da in Vietnam. We call it delicious. Enjoy!


• Vroom! Vroom! Authentic Vietnamese Coffee Starter Set
• Vietnamese Vroom! Vroom! Whole Bean Coffee
• Vietnamese Coffee Filter, Stainless Steel Phin
• Longevity Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk