Vietnamese Phin Brew Guide

Vietnamese Phin Coffee Brew Guide

What You Need:

  • Vietnamese Phin Filter
  • Coarsely Ground Vietnamese Coffeeย 
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk (optional)
  • Boiling Water
  • Ice Cubes (for iced coffee)


Step 1: Set Up the Phin:

  1. Place the Phin filter on top of a sturdy cup or glass.
  2. Remove the top screen and add 2-3 tablespoons of coarsely ground Vietnamese coffee into the filter.

Step 2: Pre-wet the Coffee:

  1. Pour a small amount of boiling water (about 1/4 inch high) into the Phin.
  2. Allow the coffee to bloom for 20-30 seconds.

Step 3: Assemble the Phin:

  1. Place the top screen onto the coffee grounds, gently pressing to flatten the coffee bed.
  2. Screw on the press piece to compress the grounds slightly.

Step 4: Brewing:

  1. Pour boiling water into the Phin until it's nearly full.
  2. Put the lid on and let the coffee drip through. This process may take 4-5 minutes.
  3. For a stronger brew, you can add more hot water after the initial drip.

Step 5: Sweeten (Optional):

  1. If desired, add sweetened condensed milk to the brewed coffee in your cup. Adjust the amount based on your preferred level of sweetness.

Step 6: Stir and Enjoy:

  1. Once the dripping is complete, stir the coffee and condensed milk thoroughly if added.
  2. If you prefer iced coffee, add ice cubes to the cup.

Optional Tips:

  • Experiment with different coffee-to-water ratios to find your preferred strength.
  • Adjust the grind size for a different flavour profile; coarser for a lighter taste, finer for a bolder one.
  • Use traditional Vietnamese robusta coffee for an authentic experience.


  1. After brewing, disassemble the Phin and rinse each part thoroughly.
  2. Allow the Phin to air dry between uses.

Savour the Vietnamese Coffee Experience: The Vietnamese Phin brewing method creates a strong and flavourful coffee, and the addition of sweetened condensed milk adds a delightful sweetness. Whether enjoyed hot or iced, Vietnamese Phin coffee offers a unique and satisfying experience.