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Swirling Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk in a glass.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee - Ca Phe Sua Da

Learn how to make Vietnamese iced coffee at home and enjoy this delicious, chocolatey smooth pick-me-up in just 5 minutes. If you love sweet strong coffee, you’ll love cà phê sữa đá!
Course Drink
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serve
Calories 193kcal
Cost $3



  • Pour the condensed milk into a tall glass.
    3 tbsp condensed milk
  • Add the Vietnamese coffee grounds into your phin and place it on top of the glass. (Alternatively, add the coffee grounds into your moka pot or French press and prepare the coffee as you normally would. Once prepared, pour over the condensed milk and skip to the final step.)
    2 tsp Vietnamese coffee grounds
  • If using the Vietnamese phin coffee filter, pour a little boiling water (20 ml / 0.5 fl oz) over the coffee grounds until covered, then top with the gravity insert and press down lightly. Pour in more boiling water (80 ml / 2.5 fl oz) until it just reaches the top of the gravity insert, then pop on the lid and allow the coffee to slowly drip through onto the condensed milk (around 5 minutes).
    100 ml boiling water
  • Stir well to blend the coffee into the condensed milk, then pour over a glass of ice. Or just add ice to your existing glass and give it a good stir.
    ice cubes



  • Coffee - We use Trung Nguyen Gourmet Blend. Look for it at your nearest Asian grocery store or online. Sub with any kind of ground robusta beans if you can, otherwise, just use your regular coffee grounds.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk - This is what gives Vietnamese iced coffee its classic creamy sweetness. Sub with coconut condensed milk for a vegan friendly version (though this will obviously add a creamy coconut flavour to the mix). You can adjust the amount of condensed milk to suit your preferred level of sweetness.
  • Ice - You can skip the ice cubes and drink it warm if you like, but we think the flavour is much better when iced.
  • Phin Coffee Maker - They’re cheap and they make a very good brew! Look for them at Asian groceries, second-hand stores, or buy them online. If buying your own, try and find the style where the top section is separate from the bottom plate, as these tend to work better and give you more control when filtering the coffee. If you don’t have one, use a regular drip filter, French press or moka pot.
  • Ca Phe Da - Leave out the condensed milk for a strong black brew. You can add a teaspoon or two of sugar to sweeten instead if you want. 
  • Turn it Into A Dessert - Use the freshly brewed coffee to make Vietnamese coffee tiramisu or coffee jelly!


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 223mg | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 170mg