What is Vietnamese Coffee?

16 November 2023


Vietnamese coffee offers a delightful and distinct taste experience that's gaining global recognition. With a rich history and unique brewing methods, Vietnamese coffee has become a beloved beverage for coffee enthusiasts and a cultural cornerstone in Vietnam. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at what makes Vietnamese coffee so special.


The Coffee Bean Varieties

Vietnam primarily grows two main varieties of coffee beans: Robusta and Arabica. Robusta coffee thrives in the Central Highlands' rugged terrain, making Vietnam one of the world's leading Robusta coffee producers. Known for its bold and strong flavour, Robusta is a key component of many Vietnamese coffee blends and makes up the majority of Vietnamese coffee production.

In addition to Robusta, the cooler highland regions of Vietnam, like Dalat and Son La, are ideal for growing Arabica coffee. Arabica coffee beans from Vietnam are characterized by their bright acidity, floral notes, and smooth, mild taste.


The Brewing Methods: A Fusion of East and West

One of the most distinctive features of Vietnamese coffee is the brewing method. The traditional Vietnamese coffee is often made using a drip brewing method, which is reminiscent of the French press but with a unique twist. A small metal drip filter, known as a "phin" is used to brew the coffee. This filter sits atop a glass or cup, and hot water is poured over the finely ground coffee, allowing it to slowly drip into the container below. This method results in a strong and concentrated coffee that can be enjoyed hot or cold.


The Sweet Secret: Condensed Milk

Vietnamese coffee is famous for its sweet and creamy twist. A generous amount of sweetened condensed milk is added to the coffee, creating a harmonious blend of flavours. The iconic "ca phe sua da" is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. This coffee is typically served iced, with the condensed milk providing a delightful contrast to the strong coffee.


Iced Coffee: A Vietnamese Specialty

One of the most popular ways to enjoy Vietnamese coffee is in its iced form. The hot and humid climate of Vietnam makes iced coffee a refreshing choice. "Ca phe sua da" is a staple in Vietnamese coffee shops and is often served in a glass filled with ice, making it a perfect beverage to cool down with on a sweltering day.


Coffee Culture: More Than Just a Drink

Vietnamese coffee isn't just about the brew; it's also about the experience. Coffee shops, often family-owned businesses, play an essential role in Vietnamese social life. They're places to gather, chat, work, and relax. The vibrant coffee culture of Vietnam is a testament to the role coffee plays in people's daily lives.


Traditional Vietnamese Coffee MUST TRY

100% pure robusta, Buffalo is a bold, powerful yet smooth, clean coffee that effortlessly complements milk. Giving you that double shot of caffeine without breaking the bank.   Not just about exceptional flavour and a strong caffeine punch; Buffalo is also a nod to tradition and the hardworking water buffalo that have worked alongside Vietnamese farmers in the rice fields for centuries. And just like the strong and powerful Buffalo, this coffee will keep you energised to ensure you stay on top of your daily grind.   Indulge in a cup that's strong, bold, and smooth, delivering a full-mouth experience with a delightful hint of chocolate. Straight from farm to your cup through direct trade, it's the perfect blend that respects tradition and taste.
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Our signature robusta and arabica blend – a match made in heaven! Honeymoon is recommended as a great starting point for those looking to introduce themselves to Vietnamese coffee with something a little familiar but also a little different.   This exquisite blend brings together the powerful essence of robusta balanced against the smoothness of arabica. It's a marriage of flavours that will sweep you off your feet and keep you coming back for more.   Experience the best of both worlds with Honeymoon – a blend that captures the essence of Vietnam's diverse coffee culture with a modern twist.

The Classic Flavour You'll Love

Sunshine stands out with its exceptional smoothness and low levels of acidity, like a ray of sunshine in your cup, radiating with light and sweet nuances to elevate your coffee rituals to a whole new level.   Not only delighting your taste buds but also embodying a commitment to empowerment and equality, this coffee is produced by the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) cooperative in the northwestern region of Son La, Vietnam. This group's mission is to amplify women's participation and representation in the coffee sector, improving the quality of life in coffee-producing communities.   Sunshine stands as a shining example of the unique opportunities and support provided to women in the coffee industry.