Discover The Ultimate Vietnamese Coffee Kit
n its essence, what we call Vietnamese coffee (Cà phê sua dá or Cafe sua da) is a style. In Southeast Asia, coffee is a drink that is created one cup at a time. It is brewed at your table, during a meal, or as a beverage to drink while playing chess at tables in outside cafes, or during a work break.
Vietnamese coffee is also grown, dried, and roasted differently from coffee in other regions of the world. Its characteristic buttery, nutty and fruity flavor overtones are a part of the natural, ~100 day drying and ripening process that is still done manually, in one of the few climates of the world where natural drying under the sun is possible for such an extended period. In South America, for instance, coffee often has to be kiln-dried for part of this process, which affects the ripening and development of some of these flavor tones. The natural drying method is laborious and careful, and brings to the coffee flavors like none other in the world.
Coffee roasting in Southeast Asia is also a unique process, involving butter oil and techniques that bring out the highest development of flavor without over-roasting or burning the coffee.
Vietnam is a tropical country, and like most tropical countries they make liberal use of sweetened condensed milk for sweetening and creaming coffee and other beverages and desserts. This caramel sweetness is sometimes not fully stirred up into the brew, and is sipped at the end as a sweet, coffee-flavored treat. Note that unlike American sweetened condensed milk, Vietnamese brands have more milk and less sugar, so the coffee does not get too sweet for the amount of creaming desired.
Many people who have been treated to a cup of Vietnamese style coffee have experienced this pleasure while traveling in Vietnam, or have been introduced to the coffee by a friend or native who has been there. Local tradition in the USA (begun in Louisiana), makes use of French Market or Cafe du Monde coffee with chicory because true Vietnamese coffee was not imported here for many years. But chicory is never used in Vietnam.
So, to duplicate the experience a traveler has in a coffee cafe in Vietnam, he or she should use the real ingredients:
1. Stainless steel single-cup filter
2. Sweetened condensed milk made in Vietnam (Longevity is a popular brand)
3. Trung Nguyen House Blend (called the Gourmet Blend in the new packaging)
The cafe-goer is most apt to try this coffee first in Vietnam, since it is the House Blend served at thousands of Trung Nguyen cafes and other locations.
4. Creation #2 Robusta Arabica, our most popular blend.
These are your ingredients to experience the full enjoyment of genuine Vietnamese-style coffee. The only other ingredient… is you, and the time to sit for a few minutes and brew yourself a cup of hand-crafted, unparalleled, delicious coffee.