Imagine your usual coffee but intoxicatingly sweet, like a dessert. Now, on top of that, imagine it iced, making it sweet and refreshing. And that’s Vietnamese iced coffee!

Vietnamese coffee has been rising in popularity. This is not only because of its delicious flavor but how easy it can be replicated. But there’s nothing like the real thing, of course. What makes this drink Vietnamese? Well, the coffee is brewed with a Vietnamese coffee press.

Origins of Vietnamese Iced Coffee

The Vietnamese coffee press is a combination of several brewing methods. It is like a French press in the way it uses metal filters and a plunger. However, it is also like a coffee dripper because it sits on top of a coffee cup or glass, dripping coffee slowly. The result is a strong coffee with a lot of flavor and aroma that takes about 3 to 5 minutes to brew.

Vietnamese iced coffee itself was born in rural zones.

Vietnamese iced coffee itself was born in rural zones

Coffee was a staple of farmers. In times of milk surplus, they would make condensed milk (as it lengthens its lifespan). It wouldn’t be long before this combination of coffee, condensed milk and ice found its way to popular culture.

Interestingly, there’s a very similar drink of Spanish origin, café bombón. It’s made by filling the bottom of the glass with condensed milk and then pouring a double shot of espresso on top so that they don’t completely mix and you can see the layers through the glass.

How To Make Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Chances are you don’t have a Vietnamese coffee press. Don’t worry a French press will do just fine.


  • 20 grams coarsely ground coffee
  • 200 ml of water
  • 60 ml condensed milk
  • Ice cubes

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  1. Brew coffee as you normally would with your French press.
  2. In a coffee cup, add condensed milk.
  3. Pick a tall glass for the iced coffee. Top it off with ice cubes.
  4. Once the coffee is done brewing, pour it into the coffee cup and stir until evenly mixed.
  5. Pour coffee into the tall glass, over the ice.
  6. Enjoy!

Vietnamese iced coffee is the perfect middle ground when it comes to iced coffee. Regular iced coffee is too bland, while something like a frappuccino is over the top.

If you want to experience a proper Vietnamese iced coffee, buy a Vietnamese coffee press online. They are inexpensive and very easy to use. You’ll be feeling like a real Vietnamese barista in no time!

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Sherry Harris

Sherry Harris, a bonafide coffee brewing and tasting enthusiast, is the founder of Coffee Shop Lady. She writes for regular coffee drinkers who like being informed about the best coffee beans from around the world, espresso machines, coffee makers, grinders, and delicious coffee drinks and recipes.