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5 Best Vietnamese Coffee Brands and How to Find Them

Do you need the best Vietnamese coffee brands to make traditional Vietnamese coffee?

Not at all.

There are some Vietnamese coffees that are easy to get your hands on the outside of Vietnam and those will definitely help in your quest to perfect your Vietnamese coffee-making skills.

Bottom Line Upfront Best Brands of Vietnamese Coffee

1. Trung Nguyen Coffee: Best Overall
2. Highlands Coffee: Best Traditional Blend
3. The Hill 3-in-1 Instant Premium Vietnamese Coffee: Easiest To Brew
4. Weasel Brand Vietnamese Coffee: Best Tasting
5. Café Du Monde Vietnamese Coffee: Best Imitation

Trung Nguyen Legendee Gold Coffee | Amazon
$33.99 ($3.86 / ounce)

Trung Nguyen's flagship coffee; Traditional SE Asian roast style. Blend of arabica, high-altitude robusta and excelsa coffees.

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However, you can make a traditional Vietnamese coffee with coffee from other places, too.

The Best Brands of Vietnamese Coffee

There are only a few readily available Vietnamese coffees you can purchase in the United States. What most of them have in common is a full-bodied richness and intensity, often with hints of chocolate. There’s even a pre-mixed instant Vietnamese coffee that’s easily accessible. Here are a few brands you can try:

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Product
Most Authentic
  • Well known iconic Vietnamese brand
  • Multiple blends and flavor profiles to choose from
  • Most authentic Vietnamese coffee experience
Easiest to Brew
  • Out of the box “instant” Vietnamese coffee
  • No hassle, no fuss
Best Tasting
  • Rich, creamy, chocolaty flavor
  • 4 different varieties to choose from
  • On the expensive side
Best Imitation
  • Different chicory flavor
  • Plays well with condensed milk
  • Delicious caramel notes

1. Trung Nguyen Coffee

trung nguyen coffee

This is the most well-known and easily accessible Vietnamese coffee, and there are plenty of blends to choose from to get a Nguyen coffee. Consider:

  • Trung Nguyen Legendee Coffee (sometimes called Creative 8 / Sang Tao 8), a naturally sweet coffee with hints of chocolate that is a blend of Arabica and Excelsa beans. It’s dark, smooth, and strong. This brand of coffee is part of the reason Trung Nguyen is so well-known. If you want to try Vietnamese coffee without the sweetened condensed milk, you may like this one, though you can feel free to add the milk, too.

Trung Nguyen Legendee Gold Coffee | Amazon
$33.99 ($3.86 / ounce)

Trung Nguyen's flagship coffee; Traditional SE Asian roast style. Blend of arabica, high-altitude robusta and excelsa coffees.

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  • Trung Nguyen Creative 1 Culi Robusta, which can stand up to the syrupy sweetness of condensed milk, regular cream, and sugar, or be enjoyed black (hot or as a cold brew). This Nguyen coffee makes an especially good iced coffee because of its strong flavor and ingredients. It’s full-bodied and sweet on its own with chocolatey notes, creamy mouthfeel, and more caffeine than the average Arabica coffee.

Trung Nguyen Ground Coffee | Amazon

It is a favorite in winter due to its comforting dark, peaberry edge and broad flavor range. It has a haunting aftertaste that commands a second cup. In the summer it has an edge that makes it a unique and superb iced coffee.

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  • Trung Nguyen Premium Blend Coffee, Ground, which comes in a canister and is often used for traditional Vietnamese coffee when it’s made at home. It’s a blend of Arabica, Robusta, Excelsa, and Catimor beans. This brand of coffee is especially interesting because there are natural flavorings added, whereas most other coffee blends from this brand of coffee do not have that. It doesn’t qualify as “flavored” coffee because it’s not meant to taste like anything other than rich, delicious, good coffee. The flavors are kept subtle and only used to round out and balance the flavor.

Trung Nguyen - Premium Blend | Amazon
$12.45 ($0.83 / Ounce)

Their strong Vietnamese coffee is grown in high altitude regions to bring you an Arabica (59.9%) and Robusta (40.0%) ground bean coffee blend with hints of Chocolate (0.1%) that delight your senses with each sip.

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  • Trung Nguyen Creative 2 Robusta Arabica, which is a mix of Robusta and Arabica designed to achieve the balanced flavor and stand up to cream and sugar (hot or as a cold brew). This is one of the best performing Nguyen coffees on the Len’s Coffee website.

Trung Nguyen Creative 2 Whole Bean Coffee | Amazon
$16.95 ($0.03 / gram)

It's a wonderful blend of high-quality Arabica and heirloom Robusta. It is an "anytime" coffee, with medium caffeine, a well-balanced blended taste, and as good iced as it is hot. If you have never tried Vietnamese coffee, here is a perfect first candidate.

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You can order any of these Trung Nguyen Vietnamese coffees (and more) online at Len’s Coffee.

2. Highlands Coffee

This is a traditional Vietnamese coffee blend and works beautifully in the traditional Vietnamese style coffee with sweetened condensed milk. You can even buy it in ready-to-drink canned form (iced coffee, of course). For brewing at home, try:

  • The Highlands Moka Blend, which isn’t a Robusta like a lot of the Vietnamese coffees. Instead, it’s an Arabica varietal with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and nuts. This one can be hard to find at times, so if you want to try it and see it in stock, don’t hesitate or you may miss out. You can also find this one at Len’s Coffee.

Highlands Coffee Moka Blend Ground Coffee | Amazon
$9.95

Highlands Coffee operates 60 high-traffic coffee shops in SE Asia, setting new trends for high-quality regional coffees.  Low in acid but bright in flavor, with a smooth, full-body, this is a unique coffee that will give enjoyment on many levels.

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3. The Hill 3-in-1 Instant Premium Vietnamese Coffee

the hill vietnamese

This one is, as the name suggests, actually an instant coffee. The three-in-one means that it’s a good instant coffee, sugar, and creamer all in one packet, so you won’t be brewing this up in a traditional manner with condensed milk or much of anything else. This packet has everything you need, with a base of Vietnamese coffee grown in the highlands of Vietnam.

This is available in Original, Strong, and Women’s Coffee, in four different sizes, on Amazon. Reviewers tend to love it for its simplicity and a perfectly good balance of strong coffee, sweetness, and creaminess. The packets make it easy to travel with, too.

  • Original: Instant coffee, non-dairy creamer, and sugar
  • Strong: Less sugar and creamer for a stronger coffee flavor
  • Women’s Coffee: Contains honey and collagen for skin vibrancy

The Hill 3-in-1 Instant Premium Vietnamese Coffee | Amazon

The Hill Coffee perfectly premixes premium instant Vietnamese coffee, non-dairy creamer, and a ‘just right’ sprinkle of sugar to make sure you enjoy the best of all three. This instant premium coffee mix is created from the perfect blend of the finest coffee beans grown on the highlands of Vietnam.

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4. Weasel Brand Vietnamese Coffee

weasel coffee domesticated

This brand’s name pays tribute to the actual (very expensive!) weasel coffee. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept behind real weasel coffee, you can read more about that process here. They actually do sell small amounts of real weasel coffee, both in their top two premium blends as well as the occasional 100 percent weasel coffee that they get straight from the farmers.

Overall, though, the line is simply nodding in weasel coffee’s direction and working to create quality Vietnamese coffee. Find it at WeaselCoffees.com. Here are some of the blends you can try out:

Daily Delight Vietnamese Ground Coffee | Amazon

Delight is a robusta arabica blend, strong in flavor but lacking the bitterness of other French-style coffees. This is due to the unique Vietnamese roasting process, which allows the beans to roast at high temperatures without charring the exterior of the bean. This is a great coffee for that morning wake-up call and makes wonderful iced-coffee drinks.

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Mr. Phong’s Private Reserve Premium Vietnamese Coffee | Amazon
$8.99 ($1.02 / Ounce)

Made from the highest quality beans harvested from small, independent plantations in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, you’ll be spellbound by its aroma the moment you open the bag.

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Masterpiece Premium Vietnamese Ground Coffee | Amazon

Their finest blend of high-quality Arabica and robusta coffee beans, is grown, roasted and blended in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Each cup carries you to a humble, serene escape: clear blue skies, rolling green hills, and rows and rows of coffee trees, branches sagging with bushels of deep red berries.

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  • Café Blend, which has a milder taste than some of the others without falling anywhere close to the “mild” category. This one still has the intensity that a Robusta coffee can provide.

Cafe Blend Vietnamese Ground Coffee | Amazon
$7.49 ($0.85 / Ounce)

Peaberry Robusta coffee beans take center stage in this surprisingly mild blend. You won't believe this is robusta, it tastes much more like an arabica! This coffee features a strong, rich aroma, yet is light on your palate, with just enough acidity to please your inner gourmet. Give it a try, your satisfaction is guaranteed!

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They also carry a couple of sizes of real weasel coffee, but it’s incredibly expensive. It’s almost $20.00 for a 20-gram container (ground) or close to $100.00 for 100 grams. This might be the perfect thing if you’re looking for an experience more than your next daily cup of coffee, but most people wouldn’t want to spend that much on their coffee habit no matter how interesting it tastes. If you’re curious, it tends to be creamy and chocolatey.

5. Honorable Mention: Café Du Monde Vietnamese Coffee

Café Du Monde Vietnamese Coffee

This one is not a Vietnamese brand of coffee. However, it is often used in the Vietnamese coffee style and served in Vietnamese restaurants, and it’s difficult to learn more about traditional Vietnamese coffee without seeing this one pop up at some point.

This brand of coffee comes from New Orleans, Louisiana—not Vietnam. There’s a common thread, here, though: the French. In 1857, the French introduced coffee to Vietnam. It was an immediate success and gave the country an economic boost.

Café du Monde was the original French market coffee stand, showing up in New Orleans only a few years after the French introduced coffee in Vietnam (1862). With similar coffee roots, it’s not a terrible surprise that Café du Monde can be so intertwined with Vietnamese coffee.

At CafeDuMonde.com, you can take your pick between:

  • Coffee & Chicory
  • Coffee & Chicory Decaf
  • French Roast Coffee

The Coffee & Chicory options are simply rich, dark mixes of coffee and chicory. Chicory adds good body to the coffee and carries hints of chocolate despite being a root. The French Roast is the 100 percent Arabica coffee, sans the chicory. French roasts are dark and easy to serve with milk and sugar.

Cafe Du Monde Coffee Chicory | Amazon
$48.00 ($0.53 / Ounce)

A rich blend of dark roasted coffee and chicory. Traditionally served Au Lait, mixed half and half with hot milk.

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What Makes Vietnamese Coffee Different?

Vietnamese coffee has a distinctive flavor, closely resembling a Robusta coffee blend. Robusta coffee is almost twice as caffeinated as Arabica and slightly more bitter and sharp-tasting (on its own).

Put simply, most Western palates are accustomed to Arabica coffee beans which are the most prevalent. Vietnamese coffee is “different” than what most Western cultures are used to. Another signature of Vietnamese coffee is the use of sweet condensed milk (to taste), rendering a taste unique to Southeast Asia.

Finally, the “phin filter” method of filtration means that the end result is always a variation on drip coffee vs the many other coffee brewing methods common in Western countries.

How to Choose the Best Vietnamese Coffee

It needs to be strong, dark, and have a medium-to-coarse grind. Caramel tasting notes are especially nice in a Vietnamese-style coffee and play well off of the sweetened condensed milk, but not completely necessary.

Want to make Vietnamese coffee but don’t have any actual Vietnamese coffee on hand? In a pinch, you can use almost any French roast you like to make Vietnamese coffee (specifically Cafe Du Monde French Roast Chicory coffee, mentioned above). French roasts tend to be strong enough to stand up to the sweetness in the case that you do decide to add the sweetened condensed milk (you don’t have to).

To Make a Vietnamese Coffee at Home

Think making Vietnamese-style coffee at home will be difficult? If you’ve ever made a pour-over, you’ve basically already done it.

What you need:

The list is short!

  • Coffee (medium to coarse ground)
  • Phin filter
  • Sweetened condensed milk

Use the coffee you like best but if you’re unsure, start out with the traditional Robusta roasted dark or medium beans.

Instructions for making Vietnamese coffee:

  1. Preheat your filter by pouring hot water through it.
  2. Add your coffee (a rounded tablespoon should be enough since you’re only making one cup at a time).
  3. Cover the coffee with the top of the filter.
  4. Perch your filter on your coffee cup.
  5. Pour your just-off-the-boil hot water into the filter, but don’t rush. Cover the coffee with the water.
  6. Wait about a minute, then finish filling your Phin with the hot water.
  7. Wait some more, about 10 minutes, for all of the water to make its way through the coffee and into your mug.
  8. Add a little condensed milk if you’d like and serve it hot or as a cold brew.

Phin Filter vs French Press

This distinction is a question I’ve received a lot. In short, a Phin filter uses percolation (not pressure!) as the method to extract coffee beans with water.

As such, it takes a good degree longer to make coffee with a Phin filter than with the French Press method. This is for good reason. The additional time means the beans are able to more fully absorb the grounds of coffee, creating a rich, deeply infused, flavor profile that is synonymous with the Vietnamese style coffee.

Enjoy Your Vietnamese Coffee

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Whether you’re interested in finding the best Vietnamese brands of coffee, because you want to sample coffees from around the world (black or with cream and/or sugar) or you’d like to try your hand at making a good traditional Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk, enjoy trying it out.

Be aware of the higher caffeine contents in some of the brands and blends (usually the ones heavily focused on Robusta beans) as you experiment so you don’t overdo it.

Trung Nguyen Legendee Gold Coffee | Amazon
$33.99 ($3.86 / ounce)

Trung Nguyen's flagship coffee; Traditional SE Asian roast style. Blend of arabica, high-altitude robusta and excelsa coffees.

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05/22/2022 12:15 am GMT

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