Vietnamese Coconut Coffee: Recipe and Best Places to Try

Vietnamese Coconut Coffee is one of unique drinks loved by many coffee devotees in Vietnam. The flavor of tastily aromatic and rich coconut milk combined with coffee fragrance helps dispel fatigue and energize the body. In this article, let's study coconut coffee and its recipe of how to make your own coconut café at home. There is no doubt that you will immediately fall in love with the drink, which is trending for people in Vietnam in particular and the world in general.

1. What is the Vietnamese Coconut Coffee?

According to some people, history of Vietnamese Coconut Coffee is believed to be started ny Cong Caphe in Northern Vietnam. It is made of coconut milk, condensed milk and black coffee to get coconut-flavored coffee. In other words, coffee still plays the main flavor for the drink, and is flavored with fresh coconut milk. You will surely get fascinated by this coconut coffee drink with a typical coffee aroma, adding the aromatic, tastily rich coconut milk.


In Vietnam, coconut milk (fresh or canned) is a common ingredient in food cooking and beverage preparation. You can find coconut milk in stewed food, cooked food, desserts, drinks, etc. The unusual combination of two ingredients in coconut coffee has brought your sense of an irresistibly delicious taste. This coffee is now easy to be found at drink shops or coffee bars.


How to Serve Vietnamese Coconut Coffee? Vietnamese Coconut Coffee can be served as icy cold drink and hot drink, depending on how people like. Recipe and ingredients you need for these coffee are almost the same and simple. By learning how to prepare and make them at home, you can enjoy it anytime, anywhere, or offering it to your relatives occasionally is also a good idea.

2. Recipe & How to make Vietnamese Coconut Coffee

2.1. Prepare ingredients:

Ingredients and Materials prepared for coconut coffee are quite simple and easy to be found:

  • Coffee Powder & Coffee Filter
  • Coffee Blender (or Shakers)
  • Coconut milk (Fresh or Canned)
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Shreded Coconut Flesh (Fresh/Dry)
  • Ice Cubes or Heater (if making hot)

2.2. Making Coconut Coffee

  • Step 1: Make Coffee

You need to prepare 30ml of espresso (or back coffee) and only need to use the automatic coffee machine and press the button. All you must do is wait for a shot of standard espresso.

If you do not have a machine, you can use the filter to make coffee: add coffee powder to the filter, pour about 30ml of hot water inside and cover it and wait until coffee filter finish the water inside.

  • Step 2. Grinding Ice with Coconut

Coconut coffee is made by the blending method. This is a method of mixing drinks with a blender. Put ice in the blender first and then add other ingredients later. It is noted that if the blender blade is not sharp, you should smash the ice first. However, the sharper the blade, the finer it will be and the better the cup of coconut coffee.

To get the right amount of ice, so the blend is not too liquid or too thick, you should use the glass containing the made coffee later to measure the ice. One cup full of ice will be the appropriate amount of ice for one cup of coconut coffee. You can use grated coconut with hot water if you don't have canned coconut milk. This is quite manual, and the quality of the mixture also depends on many things, making it difficult for you to adjust to suit the taste.

* Note: You you like to have Hot Coconut Coffee, do not use ice in this step.

  • Step 3. Blend Coffee with Coconut Milk

Put the ice in the blender with 60ml of coconut milk and 40ml of condensed milk.  Start to grind slowly, then gradually increase the speed until the ingredients are blended as smooth as snow, then turn off the machine.

  • Step 4. Shake the mixture of coffee and coconut milk

Take about 30ml of the freshly brewed coffee mixture and pour it into a shaker. If you don't have a dedicated shaker, you can pour it into any bottle because the main purpose of shaking is to create bubbles. After shaking, pour the coffee into a glass cup.

  • Step 5. Complete Your Home Made Coconut Coffee

Slowly pour the coconut mixture into a glass of coffee, and sprinkle a few pieces of dry/fresh shreded coconut on the cup as decoration. If you like to have hot coconut coffee, heat your coffee for about 1 minute before drinking.

Thus, we have completed the delicious Vietnamese coconut coffee right at home. The amount of ingredients needed above is for the standard recipe; however, depending on your taste, you can adjust it accordingly: increase the coffee portion if you like a strong bitter taste or increase the coconut milk portion if you like the delicious rich aromatic taste.

3. Best Places to Try Coconut Coffee in Vietnam

Cong Coffee is one of the most successful coffee shop chains in Hanoi and Vietnam. Cong coffee was first launched by singer Linh Dung as a small refreshment shop on Trieu Vuong Street in 2007. The simple name "Cong" of the shop is taken from the first word in the national slogan "Cộng Hoà Xã Hội Chủ Nghĩa Việt Nam - Socialist Republic of Vietnam”.

The success of Cong Coffee is a great combination between two old elements and new ideas. With the desire to spark the imagination and create different emotional experiences about Vietnam, Cong offers customers a nostalgic space in the old subsidy period in Vietnam with lumpy tables and chairs and other furniture. antique ornaments.

Besides, Cong also has a quite diverse and attractive drink menu. In particular, coconut coffee is one of the most typical and outstanding dishes of the restaurant. By creating different experiences for customers, Cong Coffee is not only successful and loved in the domestic market but also very successful in the overseas market.

Cong Caphe has now Shops serving many kinds of Cafe (including Coconut Coffee) in many Cities of Vietnam from Hanoi, Sapa (Lào Cai), Halong Bay, Vinh (Nghệ An), Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Dalat, Bà Rịa Vũng Tàu, Đồng Nai, Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City. If you like some other choices, please check the list below to see some other Best Coconut Coffee Shops in Vietnam:

3.1. Best other Places to Drink Coconut Coffee in Hanoi

- Hidden Gem Cafe – Sustainable Space in the Old Quarter

  • Address: 3B Hang Tre In The Alley, Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Opening Hours: from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily.

- NeoCafe – Modern-style Cafe with the Best Coconut Coffee Hanoi

  • Address:
    • 44 Le Dai Hanh, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
    • 35B Nguyen Huru Huan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    • 33 Le Dai Hanh, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM

- Cong Caphe – Reminiscing Vietnam in the late '80s to early '90s

  • Address:
    • 54 Hang Dieu, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • 46 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi French Quarter
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7:00 AM to 11:30 PM

- The Note Coffee – Cafe Filled with Post-it Notes Right at the Center of Hanoi

  • Address: 64 Luong Van Can Street, Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM

- Loading T Café – The Old Quarter's cafe inside an antique house

  • Address: 2nd Floor, No 8 Chan Cam, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM

- Tranquil Books and Coffee – Serves the Perfect Match of Coffee and Books

  • Address: 5 Nguyen Quang Bich, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM

3.2. Best Places to Drink Coconut Coffee in Saigon

- Cong Coffee Chain

  • Address: 26 Ly Tu Trong Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 7:30am - 11:30pm

- The Workshop Coffee

  • Address: No.27 Ngo Duc Ke Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
  • Opening hours: Daily 8am - 9pm

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