Vietnamese Coconut Coffee (Cafe Cot Dua)

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Vietnamese Coconut Coffee (Cafe Cot Dua) is an interesting drink that has the intensity and aroma of coffee and the subtle richness of coconut milk. This strong and velvety coffee is definitely a must-try.

A cup of Vietnamese coconut coffee (Cafe dua)

Coconuts can be found everywhere in Vietnam, a tropical country. For a very long time, Vietnamese people have been using coconut milk in food, desserts and drinks.

It is fairly easy to come across coconut coffee in all major cities of Vietnam, and it is particularly popular in Hanoi and Saigon. We call it “cafe cot dua” or “cafe dua” in Vietnamese.

Cafe Dua can be enjoyed either hot or cold. The richness and fragrance of coconut milk compliments the aroma, intensity and chocolate notes of Vietnamese coffee so well. Vietnamese coffee itself is usually very strong, so as a result, there’s often an added element to tone it down.

The recipe I’m sharing today is for the hot version of coconut coffee. The drink is strong and gently flavored with rich coconut milk. I like to enjoy it slowly whether it’s hot or cold outside.

Ingredients and Tools

To make this drink the traditional way, you will need a Vietnamese coffee phin filter which can be found on Amazon or at many Asian grocery stores. In case you cannot find it, you may try using very strongly-brewed coffee.

Components of Vietnamese phin filter, used to make Vietnamese coffee (cafe sua nong)
Components of phin coffee filter

As for ingredients, you will need the following:

  • Vietnamese ground coffee,
  • coconut milk, and
  • sweetened condensed milk.

I wrote a section about choosing Vietnamese ground coffee last year. The two popular choices in the US. are Trung Nguyen and Cafe Du Monde. If you visit Vietnam, I recommend trying some local brands, such as Cau Dat Farm.

If you want to make a dairy-free or vegetarian/vegan version, use sweetened condensed coconut milk or sugar instead of sweetened condensed dairy milk.

Summary of What I Used to Make this Recipe

How to Make Vietnamese Coconut Coffee (Cafe Cot Dua)

It is quick and easy to make Cafe Cot Dua and I put together a fun clip below to show you how.

If you need more tips for brewing Vietnamese coffee with a phin filter, you can find them (as well as a video) in my previous recipe.

The short version of how to make this drink is:

  1. brewing the coffee,
  2. warming the milk,
  3. then combining them.

You can literally make this coconut milk coffee that way, but just simply combining all the liquids together isn’t enough. If you want to have a beautiful as well as velvety cup of coconut coffee just like at coffee shops in Vietnam, here’s an easy extra step.

After brewing the coffee, froth it until a thin foamy layer is formed on top. With an electric frother like this Bialetti, it takes me only 15-20 seconds. You can use a handheld frother or even shake it vigorously in a jar with a secured lid. Then pour the coffee over the warmed milk mixture.

I guess you may find that it sounds weird to froth the coffee, and not the milk. I actually tried both ways (multiple times) and found pouring frothed coffee over the coconut milk mixture results in a tastier drink than pouring frothed coconut milk over the coffee.

Pouring the coffee over the warm coconut milk

If you ask me why so, I don’t really have a clear explanation. The flavors meld together nicely while I can still recognize the presence of intense coffee and rich coconut milk. I think you may want to try both methods and compare for yourself :). Below is the recipe card with detailed measurements and instructions.

Other Vietnamese coffee drinks you may like:

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Vietnamese Coconut Coffee (Cafe Sua Dua)

Vietnamese Coconut Coffee (Cafe Cot Dua)

Vietnamese Coconut Coffee (Cafe Cot Dua) is an interesting drink that has the intensity and aroma of coffee and the subtle richness of coconut milk. This strong and velvety coffee is definitely a must-try.
Author: Sophie
5 from 2 votes
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Servings: 1 person

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tablespoons Vietnamese ground coffee ½
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon hot water (about 190-200F)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 2-3 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk (to taste, see Notes for dairy-free options)

Instructions
 

  • Place the cup spanner of the phin filter over your brewing glass. Add ground coffee to the filter chamber, try to spread them evenly inside the chamber. Then gently place the filter chamber over the cup spanner.
  • Place the filter press on top of the ground coffee inside the chamber and press gently. Add 1 tablespoon of hot water to the chamber and wait for about 20-30 seconds to let the coffee bloom.
  • Add the remaining hot water and cover the chamber with the filter cap. Wait for the coffee liquid to drip through the holes at the bottom of the filter chamber and cup spanner.
  • Total brewing time should be around 4 minutes. If the coffee drips too quickly, press the filter press a little more to slow it down. There should be 1-2 drops at a time. Once the filter chamber is empty, remove the filter from the glass. 
  • In a small saucepan, add coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk. Stir and warm the milk mixture over medium-low to medium heat until steams start to come out and small bubbles start to appear around the edge. Do not let the mixture boil. Turn off the stove and pour milk mixture into your serving cup.
  • Froth the coffee by using an electric frother or shake it vigorously in a jar with a secured lid (optional step but strongly recommended).
  • ½Pour both the coffee and all the foams over the coconut milk mixture in the serving cup. Serve immediately.

Notes

You can adjust the ratio of coffee to water to achieve desired strength.
To make this coconut coffee dairy-free/vegetarian/vegan, you can use sweetened condensed coconut milk or sugar instead of sweetened condensed dairy milk. The recipe is actually even better with sweetened condensed coconut milk.
If you have never made Vietnamese coffee before, you may want to read my previous post about phin filter and how to use it to brew Vietnamese coffee. In case you don’t want to use this brewing method, you can just use 1/2 cup of very strong coffee (from a blend of Arabica and Robusta, ideally)
You can leave a small amount of coconut milk mixture in the saucepan and drizzle on top of the coffee to create pretty patterns after the final step in the Instructions section above.
You may find that it sounds weird to froth the coffee, and not the milk. I actually tried both ways and found pouring frothed coffee over the coconut milk mixture results in a tastier drink than pouring frothed coconut milk over the coffee. You can try both ways to see what you like more.

Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 202mg | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: ca phe dua, coconut coffee
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6 Comments

  1. I try yesterday
    Is so nice that I can’t forget the drink and taste will I’m working .
    Feel like having it again and again👍

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing. This recipe reminds me a lot of the greatness that Vietnamese coffee can provide. Totally, I couldn’t describe enough about my love for coffee in Vietnam, especially coconut coffee and condensed-milk coffee! Both hot and iced, they taste incredible. Strong, fresh, and aromatic, these are all the things I’m so obsessed about Vietnamese coffee.

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