VIETNAM: THE LARGEST PRODUCER AND EXPORTER OF ROBUSTA COFFEE TO THE GLOBAL MARKET ALONGSIDE WITH THE WORLD’S MOST UNIQUE AND DIVERSE ART IN BLENDING, BREWING AND ROBUSTA COFFEE DRINKING CULTURE
Vot coffee or Racket cofee – also known as “Kho coffee ” of Saigon people
- Coffee is typically hand-roasted by traditional manual roasting method, with salt, French butter and alcohol.
- The coffee is then brewed in tiny pots for another 10 minutes before being served (the coffee cool down, and the coffee powder will spread evenly with a stronger flavor).
- Unlike other coffee drinks with variations and other ingredients, Saigon Vot coffee is special in the method of brewing using a cloth racket.
- The old Saigon people used to brew coffee by putting coffee in a cloth racket about 25cm long and 10cm in diameter, then pour boiling water in it and boil it continuously on a charcoal stove. This step makes the coffee smooth as well as keeps its flavor stronger and more delicious. It can be said that Vot coffee is one of the oldest coffee culture in Vietnam.
Vietnam’s Phin coffee- a “Proud symbol of Vietnamese coffee culture”
In Vietnam, coffee brewed by filter called Phin is the most popular style of brewing. ‘Phin’ Coffee is considered the soul, the culture of enjoying coffee deeply ingrained in Vietnamese people’s subconscious. Sitting and watching the drops of bitter coffee slowly fall seems to be a hobby of coffeeholics.
Roasted ground coffee powder is slowly extracted drop by drop through a metal filter called ‘Phin’. The image of a Phin coffee cup is attached throughout the history of Vietnamese coffee culture. And more than that, Phin coffee has brought the brand name, a unique feature, the own identity of the Vietnamese people.
“One of the secrets to making a really good cup of Phin coffee is that the water is not cold, but not too boiling either.” The standard heat is about 80-90 degrees Celsius when brewing, it is enough to infuse and filter out the most essence of coffee.
The biggest difference between instant coffee and filter coffee is in taste: When the beans are roasted, in order to keep the full aroma, we usually just roast the beans to medium brown. not dark roast.
In the world, only Vietnam has Phin coffee. And this special way of mixing has made all international friends want to experience when visiting Vietnam. With the aluminum filter, all the original flavor of the coffee beans is preserved. The boiling water will soak into the smooth coffee powder that has been previously roasted and ground, then crept and filtered through each small hole, dropping the most quintessential and rich coffee drops.