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Vietnamese coffee in phin

Have you ever heard of phin, in which Vietnamese traditionally brew coffee? This method of brewing appeared in Vietnam about two centuries ago. Coffee made this way is rich, strong and very aromatic.

Vietnamese coffee in phin

Have you ever heard of phin, in which Vietnamese traditionally brew coffee? This method of brewing appeared in Vietnam about two centuries ago. Coffee made this way is rich, strong and very aromatic.

Making Vietnamese coffee in phin

Coffee phin is made of stainless steel or aluminum, its shape resembles a small cup with a lid. There is a small press filter inside; the bottom of the phin is made with small holes through which coffee is spilled.

So how it works: the phin is placed on top of the mug, after this two tablespoons of freshly ground coffee are poured into it. Coffee in phin should be slightly doused with hot water (90-93 ° C) and compressed with a press filter; then gradually pour into phin hot water: 4 times of 50 ml. Coffee will slowly drip into your mug!

Brewing coffee in phin is a whole ritual for Vietnamese, it is done with responsibility and concentration. Treat the brewing of the drink as a ritual!

Try to stop the rush for a while and postpone all things: feel the smell of coffee and its warmth, relax before tasting. Concentrate on this process, so you can feel its brewing and truly appreciate the taste.

Why do Vietnamese brew coffee in phin?

Coffee culture appeared in Vietnam simultaneously with the French colonialists in the XIX century, so the technology of making coffee was French. In France, the most popular way to roast grains is dark roasting. Now it is called so - the French roast.

Vietnamese Robusta with large amount of caffeine then was roasted using the French method. Such coffee had great astringency and strength, which Vietnamese began to supplement with the sweetness and tenderness of condensed milk.

To preserve this rich taste of Robusta, roasted by the French method, Vietnamese strated to use phin. Its structure, coupled with the technology of using a press filter, gives the strength to the drink and a slight bitterness in its aftertaste. To create a sweetness loved by Vietnamese, coffee is supplemented with condensed milk. Sweet toppings will give a creamy taste and vanilla notes to the drink. In combination with delicate bitterness, this sweetness creates a perfect harmony of taste.

Try to make coffee in the traditional Vietnamese way too!
14.10.2021

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