Vietnamese Iced Coffee

April  2, 2015
8 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes 1
Author Notes

This is my wake-me-up beverage of choice when I want something that will keep me going from early morning until sunset. —Vy Tran

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe turned out a nice, strong iced coffee. I used a French press, since I don't have the traditional metal filter recommended for brewing using Café du Monde with chicory. I don't know if it's the brewing method or the recipe, but this is not your usual cup of iced coffee. This drink showcases some serious chicory coffee flavor and packs a powerful punch. Now that's an iced coffee I can get behind. —Allison Bruns Buford

What You'll Need
  • 2 tablespoons condensed milk, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Vietnamese coffee (Café Du Monde with chicory or any dark roast coffee)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  1. Pour condensed milk into a small glass.
  2. Place a traditional metal drip filter over the glass and add coffee then boiling water.
  3. Let coffee drip for 5 minutes, or until all the liquid has drained from filter. If coffee stops dripping sooner, gently loosen the filter to relieve pressure and allow more coffee to drip through.
  4. Mix coffee and condensed milk together with a spoon.
  5. Add ice, stir, and enjoy.

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9 Reviews

Cathy B. April 28, 2015
I like making a hot espresso (long) with sweetened condensed milk and steamed milk. They called it a Spanish Coffee.
Kelli H. August 8, 2020
who called this a Spanish coffee? i learned to drink espresso while living in Spain, and because i likes it light, would often ask for un vaso grande, filled with espresso( the only coffee they had at the time,and then alot of milk..perfecto!!!
Patricia S. April 28, 2015
Many people don't know that there is a decaf version of the Cafe du Monde coffee with chicory. It's not as easy to find, but it's worth it once you do! I can have 2-3 cups in a day if I desire without having to worry about being awake until 2017. O_o
bluelizzy April 28, 2015
Are you using sweetened condensed milk?
Patricia S. April 28, 2015
Yes! You should use sweetened condensed milk! Vietnamese coffee is amazing! Though, be advised, between the highly caffeinated coffee and the sugar content of the condensed milk, this drink will keep you wide awake. Most of the pho houses I go to ask if you really are sure you want it if you're ordering after 7 pm.
Kelli H. August 8, 2020
have seen non fat condensed, but never SF, don't think it exists??
Jenny G. April 13, 2015
Hi there, I love Vietnamese coffee and am looking forward to trying your recipe. However, what is the brewing system you used in this recipe? A Chemex pour over? A french press? Your directions are very unclear. I would appreciate any clarifications you have. Thank you!
Vy T. April 21, 2015
hi Jenny. I use a traditional Vietnamese coffee filter which is widely available at most Asian supermarkets. With a traditional Vietnamese filter, you get more flexibility with how strong you want your brew to be. But a French press will do! I hope that answers your question. Sorry for the late reply!
Adolphus S. April 28, 2015
Hi there, about the system, I think you could use the Chemex pour over system. Our filter is quite similar with that.