Vietnamese Coffee Maker
You enjoy Vietnamese coffee?
Then you should have a Vietnamese coffee maker to prepare the drink for yourself. It’s simply a filter pot to brew coffee in Vietnamese style.
The device is made of either aluminum or stainless steel. The former material is supposed to adversely affect the flavor and taste of coffee.
In Vietnam coffee shops where I often drink though, most of them use aluminum filter sets. Yet, I still prefer the stainless steel maker, which looks clean and hygienic.
A coffee maker includes three metal pieces:
- The main part of the maker is a filter chamber, which look like a pot sitting on top of a coffee cup. It has room for coffee grounds and hot water.
- The second part is a filter press, which will level the coffee ground at the bottom of the filter chamber. Some makers go with a screw so that you can adjust the pressure on ground layer. The tighter you screw, the slower the coffee dripping through, and the stronger the taste of the coffee. Other filter screens merely sit directly on top of the grounds.
- The last part is a lid, covering the chamber to hold the heat inside enough time for coffee to finish dripping.
How to use Vietnamese coffee maker
Here’s an instruction to help you make a cup of Vietnamese coffee at home or in office:
- Clean the filter, better with boiling water, and put the filter atop the cup, but take out the press;
- Put 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds into the cup or mug, moisture it with a couple tablespoons of hot water;
- Put the press on the coffee top; use your finger to push a little hard on the press. Some filter has screw to help adjust force on coffee grounds layer. Twist the metal insert to pack down the grounds.
- Pour boiling water into the cup to nearly full level, then place the lid on to keep it hot, wait patiently for coffee liquid dripping all down. Typically, it takes about 5-7 minutes;
- Remove the filter set, use spoon to stir up and make the coffee to blend well with milk or sugar;
- Put some ice in, if you want, and enjoy do-it-yourself Vietnamese coffee.
Where to buy?
It is easy to buy a kit at about 5 USD in USA, but only about 1 USD in Vietnam. There’s no big difference about quality among manufacturers, so you don’t need to spend much time on brands. Just pick the one you like, either:
- online sources: Amazon.com, Ebay.com, etc. or
- offline locations: groceries stores or super markets.
You may also want to buy a coffee maker together with other things like: Trung Nguyen Coffee, condensed milk, etc. to prepare a cup of iced coffee yourself at home or in your office.
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