Iced Vietnamese Coffee is one of our favorite ways to enjoy caffeination (especially in the summer). It is a decadently strong, sweet, roasty experience unlike any other.

Here’s how you can enjoy this tasty coffee beverage in the comfort of your own home.

How to Make Iced Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese drip coffee is a unique combination of foreign influence and traditional Vietnamese culture. It can be served hot or over ice.

What you’ll need:

  • Vietnamese coffee filter ($7-9 USD)
  • 1 Tbl. ground Vietnamese coffee (a dark roast is recommended; also- a medium grind is a good place to start, but opinions abound on which is best. Experiment!)
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Spoon
  • Glass


  1. Add just enough condensed milk to cover the bottom of the glass or mug.
  2. Remove the top screen of the filter and add the ground coffee.
  3. Screw screen back on so that it fits snugly.
  4. Set filter over the top of your glass or mug.
  5. Add hot water to the filter, filling it.
  6. Wait 4-5 minutes for the brewing process to complete.
  7. Once it’s done brewing, remove the filter from glass/mug, and stir to mix the coffee and condensed milk together.
  8. Add ice to your glass or to another glass and pour coffee over cubes.
  9. Enjoy!

Other Tips for Brewing Vietnamese Coffee

  • Remember that it’s easier to add than to subtract! Try the recipe as specified first. If the final product is not sweet enough to your likening, just add more condensed milk.
  • A coarse grind requires a tighter filter fit.
  • If coffee brews too quickly, either tighten the filter or don’t use as coarse a grind. Alternatively, if it brews too slow, try using a less fine grind or loosening the filter.

Check out our post about Vietnamese Coffee Culture if you’re interested in learning more about Vietnam’s history and customs surrounding coffee (including more recipes!).

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