Friday, March 22, 2013

Vietnamese Coffee...bold and sweet


it begins with a hefty dollop of sweetened (guilty pleasure) condensed milk..
then a 2T. pour...
and a 20 second wait...


followed by 190F degree pour
and a 4 minute drip...


a slight sweet stir...
  

and you have a delectable"Phin-filter" brewed, strong,  bold, yet smooth Vietnamese coffee with a sweet creamy finish from the thick sweetened milk.
some like to stir it in all the way and some like to leave a little at the bottom for a creamy sweet ending to a strong smooth brew.  anyway you prefer, it is a unique way to enjoy your everyday coffee in a whole different way...


served hot or cold this is my new favorite coffee.  maybe it's the ritual of the brewing...maybe it's the hunt for the best "Phin", the best grounds or the perfect brew...maybe it's just because...

this isn't your average joe.

i don't know if i will ever make it to Vietnam in this lifetime, but i can surely try to transport myself...
ONE CUP AT A TIME.



the Phin filters come in a few sizes and two styles with screw or gravity inserts.  i find the gravity insert to work better for the beginner.
of course you know i had to American-size it and get the biggest one i could find.  we (I) tend to SUPER-SIZE everything.
in this case, i find, the super-size just isn't as good.  it's not as bold or maybe i haven't mastered the large (screw insert) filter yet...but this funny little stainless steel contraption certainly makes a fine cuppa joe.

imagine a French press married an Italian "Moka" stove top espresso maker...had a baby and created a fabulous brew.
did i mention the clean up is 10x's easier?

i found mine (i own 4 ) at 99 Ranch Market in Tustin and Little Saigon, in Westminster, CA.  your best bet is a large Asian market or they are readily available on the internet...i couldn't wait.  i hunted this little treasure down with a vengeance.  the typical coffee would be a french press grind and i've read that a Chicory blend is most common, for instance the Cafe du Monde".  my favorite, so far is the Cafe Ong Tho French Roast.  you can use any dark roast, but it should be between a french press grind and a drip.

if you are interested in Phin brewed Vietnamese coffee please check ... step by step instructions.  I Need Coffee.com is a great "COFFEE WEBSITE" with loads of information and interesting stuff/gizmos.

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