how to make vietnamese coffee

How to make Vietnamese coffee or Ca Phe Sua or Ca Phe Nua

Vietnamese coffee is a strong and wonderfully flavoured coffee that needs a simple filter, known as the Phin filter. This is an article on how to make Vietnamese coffee.  It’s easy and you must try it at home.

The South East Asia region features a distinctive coffee that’s best known as the Vietnamese coffee. This is also because Vietnam is the second largest producer of coffee for the world.


  • Coarse ground coffee – 3 teaspoons or depending on your Phin filter size
  • Hot water – 60ml
  • Condensed milk – 2 teaspoons or to your taste

how to make vietnamese coffee

Steps to make hot Vietnamese coffee or Ca Phe Sua or Ca Phe Nua

  • Place condensed milk into cup
  • Place coffee powder into the filter
  • Tamp down slightly
  • Pour about 20 ml of hot water and watch the coffee grounds expand.
  • Then add the remaining 40 ml of hot water
  • Wait for about 2 minutes and the strong coffee will filter into cup
  • Stir and enjoy your cup of Ca Phe Sua or Vietnamese coffee

Equipment you need to make Ca Phe Sua

  • Equipment for boiling hot water either a kettle, stove top pot or boiling water tap or any other method.
  • Phin Filter
  • Spoons
  • Coffee cup 


  • Tamping is a skill, too loose, then you’ll get a runny coffee brew. Too tight, then coffee wont drip out.  

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Phin filter

Phin filter

Phin filter

Vietnamese Coffee (Ground)

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