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To brew Vietnamese coffee using the Phin filter, you will need:

  • Vietnamese coffee (finely ground)

  • Phin filter

  • Hot water (195-205 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Sweetened condensed milk (optional)


  1. Place the Phin filter on top of a cup or mug.

  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of Vietnamese coffee to the Phin filter.

  3. Gently press down on the coffee to level it with the filter plate (you will need to just level it, and not really press the coffee, because the earth's gravity will do its work while brewing).

  4. Add a small amount of hot water (just enough to cover the coffee) and let it bloom for 10 seconds.

  5. Fill the Phin filter with the remaining hot water.

  6. Place the lid on the Phin filter and let the coffee drip through.

  7. Once all of the coffee has dripped through, add sweetened condensed milk to taste (optional).

  8. Enjoy your Vietnamese coffee!


  • Use freshly ground coffee for the best flavor but not the finest ground.

  • Don't over-extract the coffee, or it will be bitter.

  • If you want a less strong coffee, you can add more hot water.

  • You can also add other flavorings to your Vietnamese coffee, such as vanilla extract, cinnamon, or cocoa powder to your taste.

The above introduction is the traditional brewing method in Vietnam. However several other coffee brewing methods also can be used with Vietnamese coffee, including the drip filter, Moka pot, and espresso machine. Each of these methods imparts a unique flavor profile to the coffee, allowing for a diverse range of traditions and experiences. However, amidst this delightful variety, the unmistakable essence of Vietnamese coffee remains a constant, offering a distinct and unparalleled taste that is quintessentially Vietnamese.

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