Vietnamese coffee is popular both in its native Asia and in the Americas thanks to Vietnamese-Americans popularizing both the hot and iced versions of this coffee preparation. It may seem ironic, but Vietnam is one of the world’s top coffee producers, having taken to the practice after the colonial French introduced coffee to Vietnam.
The video below is making the rounds on the Internet and provides an excellent introduction to this quality coffee preparation.
Vietnamese coffee is consumed both hot and on ice, the only difference being that the hot preparation is poured over ice after brewing. While you may not have an authentic Vietnamese coffee brewing apparatus, this coffee is not outside of your reach. With your K-Cup coffee maker, you too can imitate this traditional brewing style.
Imitation Vietnamese Coffee with K-Cups
Vietnamese coffee is partially a product of brewing method but also is a product of its ingredients. Relying on the ingredients effect on the taste of this coffee preparation, we can emulate Vietnamese coffee with our Keurig K-Cup coffee makers. The fact that Keurig coffee makers brew directly to the cup makes for an excellent imitation of the original.
Sweetened condensed milk is essential to making Vietnamese coffee, even in imitation. Do not mistake sweetened condensed milk for evaporated milk or what you make will be nothing like true Vietnamese coffee. Sweetened condensed milk is concentrated milk that has been sweetened, and it was first used in Vietnamese coffee preparation because of the relative scarcity of fresh milk in Vietnam’s past.
Next, you’ll need a good, dark roast K-Cup. I recommend any of the following for a real robust and full flavor like that enjoyed in Vietnamese coffee preparation:
- Caribou Coffee Mahogany
- Coffee People Black Tiger
- Emeril’s Big Easy Bold
- Green Mountain Coffee Dark Magic
- Tully’s French Roast
These K-Cups provide the intense dark roast flavor that makes the Vietnamese preparation of coffee so famous. Follow the typical directions for Vietnamese coffee by pouring the sweetened condensed milk into your mug at about a 1/3 to 1/2 inch filling. Now simply brew your dark roast K-Cup directly on top of the sweetened condensed milk. Stir and enjoy or pour over ice.
While it may not be entirely authentic Vietnamese coffee, this preparation saves you from purchasing a specialty brewing apparatus and gives you the taste of Vietnamese coffee with K-Cup coffee ease.