Making Coffee with Traditional Coffee Sock

Making traditional Hainanese styled coffee (Nanyang Coffee) is extremely popular in Southeast Asia and is commonly found in local coffee shops all across the region. In most cases, the local coffee shops use a large cloth filter (coffee sock) inserted into aluminium coffee pots to brew the coffee, and do not require the use of a coffee maker or coffee machine. Though seemingly troublesome, the technique is actually quite easy to manage, and can be applied to home coffee brewing as well. 

Things you will need:

  • Two pots to use as coffee pots. Any material can be used, but we will recommend stainless steel pots for use at home. The pots should have a round opening at the top for loading of coffee grounds and the cotton filter. The pot should be able to accommodate about 800ml to 1000ml of water, although a larger one will also work if you are serving more people.
  • One cloth filter. These can be purchased at most neighbourhood household shops or online. The cloth filter should be large enough to accommodate an appropriate amount of coffee, and should have a handle attached to the top of the cloth filter for easy handling. The metal ring of the cotton filter that is attached to the handle should be able to sit comfortable on the top of the coffee pot, but not so big that it hangs off the outside edge of the coffee pot. 
  • Coffee Grounds. There are many different different grades of traditional Hainanese style coffee available. Most of the time, Hainanese style coffee is roasted with either butter or margarine, and is sold in many local coffee supply shops across Southeast Asia.
  • A stirrer. Any receptacle that is long enough for you to hold comfortably and stir the coffee grounds inside the coffee pot will work for this brewing method. 
  • A cup. Depending on your preferred coffee serving size, you can set aside your favourite coffee mug or cup for this brewing method. 

How to brew traditional coffee with the coffee sock:

  1. Pour coffee grounds into the coffee pot that is lined with the cloth filter. 
  2. Add hot water (90 - 95 degrees celsius) into that same pot with a 6 parts water to 1 part coffee ground ratio. 
  3. Stir thoroughly for about 30 seconds, then let the coffee pot sit and steep for 1 minute. 
  4. After 1 minute, stir the coffee again, and swirl the pot to ensure coffee is well mixed. 
  5. Pour the coffee into the second coffee pot, in the process also filtering out the coffee grinds. Do this in intervals, swirling the pot with the filter in between intervals. 
  6. The filtered coffee in the second coffee pot is now ready. Pour it out into your preferred coffee cup and add hot water in a 4 parts coffee concentrate to 1 part hot water ratio. 
  7. Depending on your preference, you can adjust the coffee concentrate to hot water ratio for a stronger / lighter taste. 
  8. Add sugar as needed. 
  9. Add condensed milk as needed. 

Making coffee with coffee sock content (article and video) is provided by World Coffee Mart. If you are keen to learn more about coffee training or if you like us (OCM) to video and produce your coffee process, do drop us a message below. 

Contact Us

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

Please enter the word that you see below.


About US | OCM Profile

OCM ( was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link). 

In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years: 

OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM 

OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM

Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with. 

Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops: 

OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more. 

So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates: 

For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube

For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG

For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN 

PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).

Featured coffee brewing method: How to prepare V60 Coffee

Previously: Making Coffee with a Coffee Sock

Recent Articles

  1. Tim Hortons Singapore is a Canadian Coffee Chain?

    Nov 16, 23 09:00 AM

    Do you know that Tim Hortons Singapore is a Canadian Coffee Chain? Apparently only 46% knows that in our IG poll!

    Read More

  2. Coffee report on WMF Coffee Machine Brand in Singapore

    Oct 11, 23 03:45 AM

    coffee report wmf
    Coffee report on WMF Coffee Machine Brand in Singapore

    Read More

  3. What is the target market for Starbucks? 

    Oct 08, 23 11:04 PM

    What is the target market for Starbucks - research by tertiary students in Singapore

    Read More

Featured: Office Coffee Machines

Follow's board Office Coffee Machines | Singapore on Pinterest.

Do check out other cool boards such as the one all on how to make coffee and drip coffee.

Food and Beverage (F&B) Articles 

Sustainability Practices in Food Service 

3 Free Restaurant Marketing Ideas 

Cafe Scene in Singapore 2015

Singapore Cafes Reviews -Can they be Trusted? 

Location, location, location might be a myth! 

Walmart and Walter -The Power of Social Media

Importance of value pricing for Cafes In Singapore

Why Nescafe is still the Largest Roaster in the World?

Everyone likes Starbucks -here's why

Is your Cafe location an asset or a liability? 

Location myopia: why good anchor tenant might not be good? 

Measuring the Location attractiveness index. 

Social Media Crisis Management for Cafes in Singapore

What is a Brand Story?

Why I stopped Selling Social Media

Contact Us 

Free event


$10 Gift Voucher

Key in code before check out: WCMFIRST10OFF

Free Coffee Workshop Singapore

Enjoy Free Coffee in Singapore!


Choosing: Office Coffee Machine

Free: Augmented Reality in Singapore

The best filter Coffee Machine in Singapore 

SkillsFuture Series: F&B Market outlook

  • Venue: Temasek Polytechnic 
  • Date: 25 June 21
  • Time:9 to 6 pm 
  • Contact us for more details

Connect with us

Cafes Location 

Cafes -East of Singapore

Cafes -North of Singapore

Cafes -West of Singapore 

Cafes -Central Singapore

Cafes -City | Town Singapore