How to Use a Vietnamese Coffee Maker
- Near boiling water (195° to 205°F, which is the ideal brewing temperature)
- Condensed milk
- Ice cubes (optional, needed if you’re going to make ca phe sua da)
Now that you have all the things needed to make Vietnamese coffee, here are the steps on how to use a Vietnamese coffee maker.
- Place 3 teaspoons of ground coffee into the brewing chamber and screw on the perforated lid.
You may need to adjust the tension on the screw so that the coffee drips slowly into your cup. Loosening the upper plate speeds up the brewing process, resulting in under-extracted or weaker coffee.
Cover the coffee maker with the lid, and wait for all the extracted coffee to drip into your cup. The ideal brewing time is approximately 5 minutes.
Vietnamese brewers are very affordable and easy to find if you know where to look.
Apart from searching at Asian grocery stores near your area, the best place to look for a Vietnamese coffee maker or a Vietnamese coffee filter is in online stores.
If there are no stores that sell Vietnamese brewers in your area, Amazon.com sells two types of Vietnamese coffee makers at very affordable prices.
One is made of stainless steel and costs under $4, while the other is made of durable plastic and costs $3.25.