Vietnamese coffee has long been one of the stressed marks of Vietnamese delicacies in the eyes of foreign visitors. The uniqueness of Vietnamese coffee emerges not only from its excellent quality, unique taste, but also in the distinctive way of how to enjoy the drink. The majority of travelers visiting and staying in Vietnam has admitted that coffee in Vietnam is not simply a specialty, but more than a cultural feature that cannot be found in anywhere else in the world.
The very first uniqueness of Vietnamese coffee setting off its own name lies in the subject of various way in creating a cup of drink. From the best coffee beans planted and processed from immense coffee farms in Tay Nguyen, coffee presenting for Vietnamese cuisine are mixed, varied, and combined in a separated way. One of the most noticeable signatures of coffee Vietnam is coffee egg which excites generations of travelers coming to this country. Most of the drinkers would wonder how coffee and egg can be compounded together, and if the smell of egg could be eliminated thoroughly. However, right at the time taking the first sip, they are totally conquered by the sweet taste of fresh milk, strong scent of tasty coffee, and the typical tastes of egg combined subtly with each other without any unfavorable smell, but leave on tongues of the drinkers with fantastic flavor. The idea about living in a house of a Hanoian, enjoying a cup of hot egg-coffee in winter morning absolutely could be the most appealing ideas ever for any traveler.
Although iced milk coffee is greatly popular in every corner of Vietnam, visitors have seen it as interesting new exploration. The reason is that while coffee in coffee lands such as Italy or Turkey are served with fresh milk, coffee in Vietnam is enjoyed with condensed milk which has stronger taste of sweetness and scent of milk.
Another excitement is on coffee-yogurt. The blend of non-bitter sour taste of yogurt, freshy sweetness of milk, and drips of filtered coffee brings drinkers with unforgettable experience.
Location: harder to fine, better to taste
Normally, Vietnamese people do not favor drinking coffee from vendors like the way people do in other Southeast Asian countries or coffee take away in Western lifestyle, but prefer enjoying a cup of coffee in a little comfortable coffee shop without concerning about location and convenience but more about the recognition. In Hanoi, people would love to visit coffee restaurants which are full of memories rather than ones with luxury. Foreign travelers are always excited when they discover a coffee shop hidden in a winding alley. To get to such restaurants, visitors have to take an adventurous chase through narrow and dark alleys whose ends will open in front of their eyes ancient, spacious and full-of-light places. In Saigon, people are even fond of enjoying coffee on the pavements, roadside flower gardens without any table and chair and menu. Indigenous say that such way of enjoying coffee has formed the gastronomy culture among local community which is unique and outstanding.
When to drink: any time
Whilst in other counties it is the norm to have a cup of coffee in the morning before work, in Vietnam coffee can be drunk at any time in a day from early to dark. In the morning, the elderly often gather on street-side coffee shops to have drink and leisurely discuss about news and current issues. Most of them are men who have plenty of time and can sit down for hours. Afternoon is the time of white-collar officers hanging out on open coffee shops, sitting on non-back plastic chairs of red and blue color, chatting after work. Couples prefer the night time and they tend to look for more cozy and romantic restaurants to enjoy the time together beside tasty cups of coffee.
Price: cannot be cheaper
Coffee sold in Vietnam is assessed have affordable, even cheap price. The average is around 1 USD and fluctuates depending majorly on the location. The simpler is the shop, the cheaper the price can be. A traveler once shared that he had bought a cup of coffee at the price of 6.000 VND (equivalent to 25 cents). Usually, customers just have to spend 10.000 - 15.000 VND (50-60 cents) for a cup at small coffee stalls and above 20.000 VND (1 USD) at larger scaled restaurants. This is under-average price for a cup of coffee in comparison to other countries.
All in all, enjoying Vietnamese coffee is not simply an activity but is more about experiencing a fancy sort of culture in gastronomy.