Cà Phê Adventures In Hanoi Capital

Vietnam is one of the world’s largest producers of coffee (second after Brazil) and, therefore, its culture is enormous with Vietnamese drinking coffee in the morning, noon and night while they chat and linger for hours.

The traditional Vietnamese coffee brewing includes the use of a metal drip filter, the phin, which is placed on top of a glass or cup, in a filter process that takes up to 15 minutes. What you get is a strong base of bittersweet flavour and lush texture, to prepare one of the about six varieties of existing coffees in Vietnam, based on their characteristics and ingredients.

Cà Phê Adventures In Hanoi Capital
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In Hanoi, when looking for a place to drink coffee you better avoid fancy shops. Some of the best coffee you can have is on street corners, and curbside food stands. Just some shabby plastic stools, laminated tables, tiny stools made for kids and the buzzing sound of motorbikes.

When it’s time to order, you have six varieties as I said before. And this moment can turn into a total mess if you don’t specify what you want. The traditional ones are:

Cà phê nóng: Hot black coffee, usually with sugar

Cà phê sữa nóng: Hot coffee with sweetened condensed milk

Cà phê đá: Iced black coffee

Cà phê sữa đá: Iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk

Nevertheless, there two unique preparations you won’t see elsewhere. And even if you feel a little sceptical about them, don’t miss the chance to taste them.

Cà phê trứng (egg coffee)

Those who have been travelling with me know that I’m addicted to this Vietnamese coffee variation. It consists of nothing more than egg, coffee and sweetened condensed milk. The result is a perfect combination of the sweet and creamy cloud of egg and sweetened condensed milk and the bitter coffee. Even for the most sceptical, it is worth the sin!

Cà Phê Adventures In Hanoi Capital
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Cà phê sữa chua (yoghurt coffee)

Foreigners know this one as yoghurt coffee. It consists of a Vietnamese vinamilk yoghurt (delicately sweet and delicious), a splash of sweetened condensed milk and Vietnamese coffee. Ice is optional, but with the high temperatures outside you will thank for that.

Just like egg coffee, it may sound strange to add such ingredients to coffee, but give it a try, and you’ll love the light bitterness of the coffee bouncing off the creamy sweetness of the yoghurt.

The bad news is that these variations are typical from Hanoi, so you better enjoy your time in the city to have a dazzle of flavours.

Drink all the coffee in Vietnam on an Vietnam Typical Tours small group adventure. You’ll like it a latte!