Discover what makes Vietnamese coffee so special—and why you should make it part of your morning ritual.
Did you know that Vietnam is the world’s second largest producer of coffee? First brought over by the French colonists in the 19th century, coffee has become synonymous with the Vietnamese culture and way of life. But what exactly is Vietnamese coffee? And what makes it different and special from any other coffee in the world? We’ll break down the history, culture, and application of Vietnamese coffee here.
Vietnamese coffee can refer to one of two things: coffee beans that are grown in Vietnam like ours, but also the traditional Vietnamese coffee beverage that’s made with sweetened condensed milk. Traditionally prepared with a darker roast brewed using a phin filter, the coffee served hot or over ice to create a deliciously sweet and refreshing beverage that’s perfect for Vietnam’s sweltering humidity. This drink, called cà phê sữa (or cà phê sữa đá, with ice), is a staple throughout the country—found on every street corner and consumed all day long. It’s this classic beverage that inspired our own Good Morning Saigon cold brew with condensed milk.
Back in the homeland, Vietnamese coffee is a way of life. Unlike the quick five-dollar morning coffee runs popular in the United States, in Vietnam, coffee is all about taking time out of your day to enjoy the deliciously caffeinated beverage with friends and family, no matter your favorite roast, brewing method, or add-ons.
By the end of the 19th century, the French had created a very successful coffee agricultural industry in Vietnam. Given the country’s rich, volcanic soils and tropical climate, the region was home to countless microclimates perfect for growing both milder, fruitier Arabica and darker, bolder Robusta coffee beans. Vietnam’s coffee industry became a global force in the mid-1900s, when Vietnamese growers expanded their production and created serious commercial processing plants.
Today, Vietnam is the world’s second largest producer of coffee overall, with the majority of that output being Robusta beans. At Omni Bev, we celebrate the nostalgic bold and chocolatey notes of premium, organic Robusta beans. In fact, the Omni Signature Blend used in our ready-to-drink cold brew combines both beans for a complex, classic flavor.
Vietnamese coffee is becoming a global force to be reckoned with. Whether you are a Vietnamese coffee first-timer or a long-time fan, you'll find something new with Omni Bev’s ready-to-drink Vietnamese cold brews. The classic Good Morning Saigon is an homage to cà phê sữa đá—bottling centuries of tradition—while the Coconut Plant-Based Cold Brew is inspired by a coconut coffee popular in northern Vietnam, and the Coconut Matcha Plant-Based Cold Brew is a unique take on a matcha iced latte made with ceremonial-grade matcha powder.