Exploring the Coffee Culture of Vietnam
Featured destinations: Vietnam
Published 14 June 2016
The reminiscence of teaAnother surprise I found is that coffee is commonly served with a cup of jasmine or green tea.This fusion of old and new cultures came about because tea was once the common drink that dominated cafes, markets and streets. When I travelled north to the country's more traditional capital, Hanoi, tea culture was still practiced in the streets of the old town. Here tea pots are kept in silk lined boxes and accompanied by blends of green or jasmine tea.
Cooling down with café sua daOn the warmer days, which Vietnam is not in short supply of, the coffee is transformed into an iced delight called café da, or café sua da.As a rather new Vietnamese coffee enthusiast, I learned the difference between these two coffees through trial and error. On the day I ordered a café da I was given an intensely flavoured iced black coffee. The strong, bitter taste lingered on my tongue and the coffee buzz stayed even longer. To my relief, my travel companion was holding what he called a “Vietnamese frappe”, I quickly ordered a café sua da from the nearest market seller. This was an earthy, bold iced coffee which was mixed with condensed milk to transform this southern staple into a cooling and refreshing summer drink; the perfect caffeine fix for another day of exploring this fascinating country.Experience the culture of Vietnam with our Journeys.You might also like:Walking Through History in Vietnam's DMZSailing Ha Long Bay