It is estimated that more than 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day worldwide, making it the world’s most valuable commodity after oil. If you’re one of those people who can’t start the day without a morning cup, Vietnam may be just the place to visit for its perfect delivery.
The country is second only to Brazil in terms of coffee production and exports. Of course, Vietnamese have embraced their widespread and distinctive coffee culture. Here is a list of five uniquely Vietnamese coffee makers.
EGG COFFEE (CÀ PHÊ TRỨNG)
Traditionally, Vietnamese coffee is served with a pile of condensed milk to balance its intense and dark taste. In this variation, the egg yolks are whipped with sugar, butter and milk to obtain a fluffy meringue-like cream that adds a rich sweetness to the steaming kettle. Don’t forget to mix it all before mixing.
WHOLE COFFEE (CÀ PHÊ CỐT DỪA)
This smooth blend of crushed ice, coconut cream and caffeine is Vietnam’s staple product, sometimes with coconut ice cream, roasted coconut flakes and caramel syrup for this ultimate tropical cooler.
The Vietnamese chain Cộng Cà Phê, which has more than 40 national branches and South Korean overseas outlets, is said to be a popular promoter of the drink.
Salted coffee (CÀ PHÊ MUỐI)
Salt coffee from the central Vietnamese province of Hue is made with a mixture of sour milk and salt, which adds a salty depth to the coffee and brings out the bitter-sweet aftertaste of the caramel.
YOGHURT COFFEE (SỮA CHUA CÀ PHÊ)
As a dessert rather than a drink, yoghurt coffee is often ordered with a midday snack or as an alternative to afternoon tea.
COFFEE SMOOTHIE (SINH TỐ CÀ PHÊ)
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find a coffee mash, perhaps because for some it is the most peculiar idea to swallow. This is usually a combination of avocado and banana, lightly dripped with coffee and found on selected sidewalk smoothie counters.