Vietnamese iced coffee

Cà phê đá
Cà phê sữa nóng, a hot variation
Alternative names Vietnamese iced coffee, cafe da
Type Beverage
Place of origin Vietnam
Serving temperature Hot or Cold
Main ingredients dark roast coffee, water, sweetened condensed milk
Cookbook: Cà phê đá  Media: Cà phê đá

Vietnamese iced coffee, also known as cà phê đá or cafe da (Vietnamese: cà phê đá, literally "ice coffee") is a traditional Vietnamese coffee recipe.

At its simplest, cà phê đá is made using medium to coarse ground dark roast Vietnamese-grown coffee with a small metal Vietnamese drip filter (phin cà phê). After the hot water is added, the drip filter releases drops of hot coffee slowly into a cup. This finished cup of hot coffee is then quickly poured into a glass full of ice making the finished Vietnamese iced coffee.

A popular way to drink Vietnamese coffee is cà phê sữa đá, which is Vietnamese iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk. This is done by filling up the coffee cup with 2-3 tablespoons or more of sweetened condensed milk prior to the drip filter process.[1]


Coffee was introduced into Vietnam in 1857 by a French Catholic priest in the form of a single Coffea arabica tree.[2] Vietnam quickly became a strong exporter of coffee with many plantations in the central highlands. The beverage was adopted with regional variations. Because of limitations on the availability of fresh milk, as the dairy farming industry was still in its infancy,[3] the French and Vietnamese began to use sweetened condensed milk with a dark roast coffee.


Egg Coffee

There is Vietnamese egg coffee called cà phê trứng that is served at cafes in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is made with brewed coffee, chicken egg yolk, and condensed milk. It has a similar texture and taste to tiramisu or eggnog.[4][5]

See also


  1. "Saigon looks beyond its signature milk coffee", Calvin Godfrey, Nov 23, 2016, VN Express
  2. "The Story Of Coffee - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam". Atexpats.
  3. "Ca Phe Sua Da - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam". Atexpats.
  4. Staff, W. S. J. (13 September 2013). "In Hanoi, an Adventure for Coffee Lovers".
  5. Paris, Natalie (7 October 2015). "Hanoi street food tour: grazing, Vietnamese style" via
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