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    Anyone else used one of these. My daughter bought one for me in Vietnam. Works well, although takes a while for the process to complete.
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    Phin. I have several at home. Traditional way is to brew it over a cup with several dollops of condensed milk at the bottom of the cup, ideally dripping over about 4 minutes after which you can top up with hot water if you want it as a hot drink or mix the mixture well and dump the content over a tall glass filled with ice. Very nice.

    Obviously you can have it without the condensed milk and just have it black.

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    • #3
      I use mine on occasions, as you said Graham the process can take time to complete. Getting the grind right i have found to be touch and go some times also.

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      • #4
        I try to get an iced coffee whenever eating Vietnamese for lunch. While quite different to a usual brew it really hits the spot.

        From seeing one of the standard 'Trung Nyugen' boxes of Vietnamese coffee, it appeared to contain both arabica, robusta, and one other variety? Any idea what that is? I suspect there's a large quantity of cheap low quality robusta in there, but that kick of flavour is probably whats needed for the ice coffees.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by burr View Post
          Trung Nyugen' boxes of Vietnamese coffee, it appeared to contain both arabica, robusta, and one other variety? Any idea what that is?
          The 3rd variety is either Liberica or Excelsa....

          I've been wanting to get hold of some roasted Liberica & Excelsa (not excelso from Columbia)....

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          • #6
            I use one of these in my shop. A few people have enjoyed it and a couple have come here specifically for it. I think part of its charm is the time/experience of it. I'm still working on a cute little way to present them and let the customer make it to their liking. At the moment I put the condensed milk in, but as said previously you don't have to use it and I want to give the customer that option.

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            • #7
              Had a cup of 'Vietnamese coffee' made with one of these cute little machines in Hanoi a couple of years ago. The condensed milk sat on the bottom of the cup, but we didn't realise it was there until the last mouthful, which was straight condensed milk. Interesting finish. We bought another two coffees straight away, and this time mixed it through and quite enjoyed it. Should have bought a couple of the 'machines' to bring home!

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              • #8
                Haven't tried the condensed milk option, and as I don't have sugar will probably give it a miss. Must remember to ask my daughter how she had it in Vietnam.

                GrahamK

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by StuartPeel View Post
                  ..... Should have bought a couple of the 'machines' to bring home!
                  You can buy them here in OZ in some Vietnamese grocery stores, $4 or $5 for a S/S one.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by GrahamK View Post
                    Haven't tried the condensed milk option, and as I don't have sugar will probably give it a miss. Must remember to ask my daughter how she had it in Vietnam.

                    GrahamK
                    Don't knock it till you've tried it I always say. It's the only coffee style I have sweet and milky (condensed milk), my go to drink is a short black usually. Do remember to stir it well before dumping it over the full glass of ice and you need some of that ice to melt as it would be way too sweet otherwise.

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                      Patiently waiting for my first taste of coffee in Saigon as we speak

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                      • #12
                        Luke,

                        I like the curls of aroma rising from the top in your picture.

                        Barry

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                        • #13
                          I brought one of these back from a recent holiday in Vietnam also, and I have to say for $2 US I think it makes a terrific brew! Using my own roasts (about half as dark as the Vietnamese ones and not out of a weasel), hand ground pretty fine I'm enjoying some really smooth coffee. I only drink long blacks with no sugar, and apart from the little wait I have to say it's actually jumped up the order in front of the aeropress for me. Quick to clean up too. Wish I brought a couple more back. Sometimes less is more as they say....
                          Cheers, Link

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