[How To] Make French Pressed Coffee Vietnamese Style

Vietnamese Coffee

For Christmas, my mom received a Vietnamese coffee maker kit from our good family friend at Because It Makes Me Smile. We broke it open the other day to test it out and we found it made a good cup of bold strong coffee.

What you need:

Vietnamese Filter – A Vietnamese filter is a small coffee pot that sits on top of your coffee mug. Inside the chamber is where you add the coffee grinds and hot water. Amazon sells them for $3.99.

Vietnamese French Press

Coffee Grinds – I used a Vietnamese coffee blend called Trung Nguyen. You can find it on Amazon for $9.58. The coffee is very smooth with a hint of chocolate no acidic taste. You could also use any other type of coffee with chicory (a dried herb used to flavor the coffee).

Vietnamese Coffee Trung Nguyen

Condensed milk – Condensed milk is the by-product of cows milk after all water has been removed and sugar is added. Sweet, creamy and thick steamed milk. You can find this at any grocery store.

Condensed Milk

How to prepare:

  1. Pour a 1/3 inch of condensed milk at the bottom of the mug
  2. Open the device and unscrew the filter
  3. Add 3 teaspoons of coffee grinds at the bottom of the chamber
  4. Place the filter back into the device and screw in tightly and evenly
  5. Add in hot water over the filter until it’s about 1/4 full. Keep an eye on the clock. If all the water drips through within 20 seconds, you will have to tighten the filter and start over. Keep adding water until your cup is full
  6. Take the device off of your mug and mix thoroughly so the condense milk dissolves


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