If you ask any coffee enthusiast what they think Vietnam is known for, the first thing that will come out of their mouths, is coffee. Be it the fantastic coffee related culture in Vietnam or the delicious and unique coffee that is brewed there, some may mention how the quality of coffee in Vietnam can vary greatly, depending on where you get it. While some roasters put additives into their coffee to give artificial flavor or color, some companies, such as Farmer’s Blend Coffee, strives for perfection when it comes to their beans. Farmer’s Blend Coffee chooses only the best locally grown Vietnamese coffee sourced directly from local farmers in the highlands and beautifully roasts with a mix of real butter and rum, producing a deliciously smooth brew full of complex flavors and low acidity. Farmer’s Blend Coffee really knows what good coffee is, and does it right.
Despite the fact that Vietnam is the world’s second largest coffee producer, it wasn’t always so. The French brought coffee to Vietnam in the 1800’s, and it grew from there. Nowadays Vietnam exports a staggering 20 Mio. bags per 60 kg to roasters all around the world. One of the popular drinks in Vietnam is their take on iced coffee <cà phê sữa đá>, consisting of creamy sweetened condensed milk, perfectly brewed coffee, and ice. But why sweetened condensed milk? Back when this form of coffee was just starting out, milk was extremely scarce and difficult to come by. Because of this shortage, sweetened condensed milk was very attractive during this time period, as it lasts pretty much forever, and because how good it is at cutting any bitterness that could be found in the commonly very dark roast coffee that was popular in Vietnam.
Vietnamese iced coffee is perfect for a hot summer day to relax with, and for a tasty and quick energy boost to get through the day.
To brew Vietnamese style iced coffee, you will need 1. A Phin coffee maker
2. 15 to 20 grams, Farmer’s Blend Coffee, available on amazon.com
4. A glass
5. 1 to 2 teaspoons of sweetened condensed milk. While any brand of sweetened condensed milk will work just fine, it is recommended to use one with a fat content, as it will make the resulting coffee even creamier.
6. 6 to 8 oz. Hot water, just below boiling point.
First, open that can of sweetened condensed milk, and pour about a tablespoon or two, depending on your tastes, into the bottom of the glass. Don’t forget to lick the spoon as it is delicious.
Next, place the phin over the glass, and scoop 15 to 20 grams of medium-coarse ground Farmers Blend Coffee into the phin.
Then, pour a small amount of the hot water into the phin to bloom the coffee. Blooming is a process that allows gases to escape, and creates a more even cup of coffee. Once water has started to drip down into the glass, add hot water to the top of the phin, put the lid on, and watch the coffee slowly drip into the glass, and splatter into the sweetened condensed milk.
While slowly dripping, use the time wisely for yourself, people watching, reading a magazine or newspaper or just enjoy valuable time with family or friends, because this is what real Vietnamese Coffee is all about. Enjoying the time you have while waiting for something wonderful.
When the coffee is finished brewing, take the phin off, and use a spoon to evenly mix the freshly brewed coffee into the sweetened condensed milk. After mixing, add ice to the top of the glass, and enjoy.