Sometimes coffee by itself just isn't enough. When you need some milk and sugar too, go ahead and treat yourself to one of these:
Here's how we brewed that piece of deliciousness:
Step 1: Put some milk of your choice in a little pitcher. Sweet and condensed milk is the traditional choice and will work fine. We used evaporated goat milk to cut calories, add nutrition and just generally spice the flavor up. :)
How much should use? Add a little. You can always add more to the coffee later, but it's important to have a little milk for the coffee to drip into so that it cools quickly and doesn't scald the milk.
Step 2: Put the coffee in the AeroPress, place the AeroPress over the pitcher, and start pouring water very slowly over the grounds. We use a ratio of 1 part coffee to 17 parts water, so in this case we used about 1 AeroPress scoop (17 grams) of finely ground coffee and a little over a cup of water (290 g). If you like a stronger coffee flavor in your drink, add a little extra ground coffee to the AeroPress.
Once the grounds are soaked, let the coffee sit for about 30 seconds and de-gas. It should look like this:
Step 3: Add the rest of the water, stirring as you go. The stirring can help the liquid to drain faster, which we want in this case.
Step 4: About 90 seconds after you first add water (at 1:30), begin pressing the coffee out. You should be done by about 2 minutes, and your coffee should look like this:
Step 5: Now it's time to stir and serve the coffee. We use Tovolo spherical ice molds because they melt slower and keep the drink cool for longer.
That's it! Now you have iced Vietnamese coffee. Curl up in a chair with your favorite book and take a break...
If you prefer to skip the ice you can serve the coffee straight too.
If you're into how things look, you can reserve a little of the coffee until the last minute and pour it over the iced coffee just before serving for that layered look.
That's it! Once again, here's how you brew it:
- A small pitcher for brewing
- An AeroPress & S Filter (also available on Amazon)
- A spoon
- Ice cubes
- Evaporated milk or sweet and condensed milk to taste
- 1 scoop finely ground coffee (17 g)
- 1.25 cups of hot water (290 g)
- Add milk to pitcher
- Assemble AeroPress and add coffee
- Pour a little water on the coffee to bloom it (30 seconds)
- Add remaining water and stir to drain (1 minute)
- Press out for 30 seconds (total brew time about 2 minutes)
- Stir in the coffee and pour slowly over ice to serve