Is Vietnamese coffee healthy?

In this text we will answer the question: “Is Vietnamese coffee healthy?”. In addition, we will teach you how to make Vietnamese coffee and we will discuss how to prepare Vietnamese coffee without the Vietnamese coffee dripper.

Is Vietnamese coffee healthy?

Yes, Vietnamese coffee is healthy. The healthiest coffee drinks are always the ones with the least added sugar. The healthiest Vietnamese coffees are black coffee, or cà phê đen, which is the healthiest.

Coffee is an essential part of the culture and economy of Vietnam, an important East Asian country. It is also considered the second largest coffee producer in the world, behind only Brazil. 

Most of the Vietnamese coffee produced is of the Robusta type and that is why it is the ideal coffee to make this typical drink, composed of simple ingredients, but with its own method that uses coffee, condensed milk, sugar (sometimes) and ice.

How to make Vietnamese coffee?

Making Vietnamese coffee is easy, but you will need a piece of equipment called a Vietnamese “coffee dripper”.

The way to prepare this coffee is very simple: you put the ground coffee in the filter, position the plunger that looks like a French press, with the holes, and over the coffee you put the hot water and wait for the filter to finish.

The result is a very bitter coffee, due to a combination of factors: the high percentage of robusta beans in most blends, the dark roast and the cold temperature of the fermentation. The resulting bitterness is balanced with milk and/or sugar.

The use of sweetened condensed milk instead of fresh milk was used first because of its availability and easier storage in a tropical climate. Condensed milk is used to sweeten the coffee as well. Long practice has led to this being the taste preference in the Vietnamese community.

How to prepare Vietnamese coffee without the Vietnamese “coffee dripper”?

If you do not have the Vietnamese “coffee dripper” and still want to prepare this drink, Vietnamese coffee can be made in the comfort of your home using any filtered coffee and you can even select the extraction method that suits you best for the process.


  • 2 tablespoons of condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of coffee in medium ground and dark roast
  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 to 10 ice cubes (optional)

Preparation method

  1. Place the condensed milk in the bottom of a glass beaker that resists heat well
  2. Place the base and the filter over the glass (the Vietnamese filter has the base, the filter, the insert and the lid)
  3. Add the coffee to the Vietnamese filter and place the insert over the powder immediately afterwards
  4. Boil the water to use it in the preparation
  5. Add all the water little by little into your filter
  6. Put the lid on the filter and let the coffee infuse for about 3 to 5 minutes
  7. As soon as it stops dripping, carefully remove the Vietnamese strainer from the cup
  8. Mix the condensed milk and coffee in your glass
  9. Add the ice cubes and serve the drink cold or enjoy your Vietnamese coffee while it’s still hot

If you don’t have a Vietnamese filter (which is very likely!), just replace the steps related to using the utensil with the extraction method you prefer.

How to make Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca phe trung)?

Vietnamese egg coffee is a very famous recipe among coffee lovers. Many people around the world enjoy the aromatic smell of coffee, something that can bring back fond memories or simply a relief to start the day. The drink is part of the routine of millions of people around the world.

Vietnamese egg coffee has a more consistent and creamy texture thanks to the yolk. In addition, it also includes a touch of softness in the midst of its intense flavor.

Ingredients to make Vietnamese Egg Coffee

For coffee

  •  3 teaspoons of Coffee
  •  167 milliliters of hot water
  •  2 tablespoons of condensed milk
  •  1 tablespoon of whole milk
  •  1 pinch of Cinnamon powder
  •  1 egg

For the foam

  • 80 milliliters of milk (⅓ cup)

Preparation Method

To make Vietnamese coffee, start by brewing a traditional coffee. Heat 167 ml of water in a pan. Meanwhile, use a fabric strainer and add three small spoons of coffee. Then add the hot water and strain the coffee with a coffee maker or in the traditional way.

Separate the egg yolk and place it in a bowl. Add the condensed milk and mix well until everything is incorporated. Add a spoon of regular milk, mix again and set aside.

To prepare the foam, you can use this manual method: shake the milk inside a container for 30 seconds, using a glass with a lid or a small bottle. Then heat the foam in the microwave for 10-13 seconds. Reserve this foam.

Now you must assemble the raw egg coffee! To do this, pour the mixture with condensed milk, regular milk and the egg yolk into a cup.

Add the coffee to the cup, little by little, and mix well until combined. Finally, add the milk foam with another spoon and decorate with a little cinnamon powder.

The raw yolk does not present any health hazard in this case, as when the Vietnamese coffee is very hot, it is cooked.

Vietnamese egg coffee can be served with any type of cake for breakfast or afternoon snack.


In this text we answered the question: “Is Vietnamese coffee healthy?”. In addition, we taught you how to make Vietnamese coffee and we discussed how to prepare Vietnamese coffee without the Vietnamese coffee dripper.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.