History of Vietnamese coffee
Coffee was not as rampant as it is today in Vietnam until it was introduced by the French in the 19th century. Today, Vietnam is known to be one of the biggest exporters of Robusta coffee beans. The French colonists may have introduced the coffee culture in Vietnam but the latter have turned it into something of their own.
Here’s a list of must-try coffee when visiting Vietnam:
1. Traditional Vietnamese drip coffee. This is made by pressing the ground coffee tightly at the bottom of a metal filter (phin) placed on top of a cup. Hot water is poured onto the filter, making its way to the ground coffee and slowly dripping down to the cup.
2. Vietnamese Iced Coffee. Also known as cà phê đá, is simply the same as the traditional black drip coffee but is transferred to a glass full of ice perfect during the hot summer. A common variant of this is the addition of two to three tablespoons of condensed milk which according to history, was the result of limited availability of fresh milk in the area during the 19th century.
3. Vietnamese Egg Coffee. A raw egg yolk is added to a traditional strong Vietnam drip coffee, mixed with condensed milk for flavor. Don’t let the egg stop you from trying out this tasty coffee drink! The combination is unusual but plenty of travelers who tried the Vietnamese Egg Coffee fell in love with it. You can usually find this type of coffee in the North of Vietnam so be sure to give this a try when visiting Hanoi.
You can get the familiar espresso in cafes around the globe but Vietnamese coffee has a different world of their own so make sure to try it out when visiting the country!