How make Vietnamese Iced Coffee with an S Filter

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:

We used evaporated goat milk in this one. It has natural sweetness and balances the coffee so it tastes a little like a malted milk shake.

We used evaporated goat milk in this one. It has natural sweetness and balances the coffee so it tastes a little like a malted milk shake.

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.

Here's what you need. You can actually use even less milk than this. Also, notice the coffee is fine ground for this recipe.

Here's what you need. You can actually use even less milk than this. Also, notice the coffee is fine ground for this recipe.

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:

Coffee absorbs about 2x it's volume in water during the bloom process. This opens up the coffee so the rest of the water can be used for extracting the good stuff more efficiently. :)

Coffee absorbs about 2x it's volume in water during the bloom process. This opens up the coffee so the rest of the water can be used for extracting the good stuff more efficiently. :)

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.

Getting the brew going by adding the rest of that hot water...

Getting the brew going by adding the rest of that hot water...

Stir the coffee as needed until all the water is added.

Stir the coffee as needed until all the water is added.

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:

Pretty layers!

Pretty layers!

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.

Stir and taste (the coffee won't be too hot). If you think you need a little more milk, now's the time to add it!

Stir and taste (the coffee won't be too hot). If you think you need a little more milk, now's the time to add it!

That ice looks so cool and refreshing, I can almost taste it...

That ice looks so cool and refreshing, I can almost taste it...

Pour the coffee right over the ice slowly so it cools down very quickly. Your ice will melt some but it's worth it.

Pour the coffee right over the ice slowly so it cools down very quickly. Your ice will melt some but it's worth it.

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.

Vietnamese coffee in a whisky class. Pretty classy. ;)

Vietnamese coffee in a whisky class. Pretty classy. ;)

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.

All layered up and pretty and ready to serve to guests! 

All layered up and pretty and ready to serve to guests! 

That's it! Once again, here's how you brew it:

Materials:

  1. A small pitcher for brewing
  2. An AeroPress & S Filter (also available on Amazon)
  3. A spoon
  4. Ice cubes
  5. Evaporated milk or sweet and condensed milk to taste
  6. 1 scoop finely ground coffee (17 g)
  7. 1.25 cups of hot water (290 g)

Method:

  1. Add milk to pitcher
  2. Assemble AeroPress and add coffee
  3. Pour a little water on the coffee to bloom it (30 seconds)
  4. Add remaining water and stir to drain (1 minute)
  5. Press out for 30 seconds (total brew time about 2 minutes)
  6. Stir in the coffee and pour slowly over ice to serve