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Ginger Coffee

Ginger coffee is a hot beverage with intensity and aroma of coffee as well as mild fragrance and heat of ginger.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: ca phe gung
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Sophie


  • 1 small piece of ginger, smashed
  • 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee (like Vietnamese coffee or espresso)
  • 1-1½ tablespoons ginger syrup (to taste)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup steamed milk

To brew Vietnamese coffee

  • 2 tablespoons medium-ground dark roast coffee
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon hot water (about 190-200°F)


If using strong espresso

  • In a serving glass, add the small piece of ginger, ginger syrup and freshly brewed coffee.
  • Pour steamed milk into the glass. You can use a milk frother to heat the milk and create froth, or gently heat it on the stovetop and whisk vigorously to create foam (do not let the milk boil). 

If using Vietnamese coffee

  • In a serving glass, add the small piece of ginger and ginger syrup. Add Vietnamese ground coffee to the phin filter chamber and place the filter press on top, press gently.
  • Place the filter over the serving glass and then add 1 tablespoon of hot water. Wait for about 10-20 seconds to let the ground coffee swell and settle.
  • Add the remaining hot water and cover the chamber with the filter cap. Let the coffee liquid drip into the glass. This should take 4 minutes. You can adjust the dripping speed by pressing the filter press.
  • Once the filter chamber is empty, remove the filter from the glass. Add steamed milk to the glass. Serve immediately.


You can find my recipe for homemade ginger syrup here. Basically, it is made by simmering 2 parts sugar, 2 parts water and 1 part ginger for about 30 minutes. If the ginger syrup has been stored in the refrigerator, briefly microwave to warm it.
You can tweak the ratio of coffee, ginger syrup and milk to your liking.


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 217mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Calcium: 69mg