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a glass of Vietnamese iced coffee (cafe sua da)
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Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da)

Vietnamese Iced Coffee is a tasty and refreshing coffee beverage to start your day with. It can be surprisingly intense and aromatic with the right brewing method.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 64kcal
Author: Sophie


  • 2 tablespoons Vietnamese ground coffee
  • 1 cup ice, divided
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot water, divided
  • 1-2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (to taste)


  • Add 1/2 cup of ice (about 6-7 medium ice cubes) to your brewing glass. Place the cup spanner of the phin filter over the 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.
    Brew Vietnamese Iced Coffee Step 1
  • Place the filter press on top of the 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.
    Brew Vietnamese Iced Coffee Step 2
  • Add the remaining hot water and cover the chamber with the filter cap. Wait for the coffee liquid to drip directly onto the ice in the glass through the holes at the bottom of the filter chamber and cup spanner.
  • Once the filter chamber is empty, remove the filter from the glass. Add 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk (or more to taste) to the glass and stir well to combine.
    Brew Vietnamese Iced Coffee Step 4
  • Add about 1/3-1/2 cup of ice (5-6 medium ice cubes) to your serving glass. Pour the coffee from the brewing glass to your serving glass. Enjoy immediately.


It is best to control the amount of ground coffee and dripping speed so that the brewing process lasts for about 4 minutes. You can adjust the speed by pressing the filter press.
If you are 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.


Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 74mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Calcium: 57mg