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Vietnamese Coffee Culture different from The Rest

Category: Culture   |   May 29, 2017

When Obama – the president of the United States – visited Vietnam on May 2016, he said that he would like to enjoy some “Cafe sua đa”, which means “Iced milk coffee” in Vietnamese. I think he definitely should, since Vietnamese coffee is absolutely great and even praised by people around the world.

Going around some big cities in Vietnam such as Hanoi or Saigon, especially in the morning, you can easily see many people sit on a chair or the pavement and drink coffee with a newspaper in their hand. Vietnamese don’t want to be hurry when drinking coffee, and we love enjoying it while we are doing other things like reading books, newspapers or talking with friends, business partners or simply meditating. It’s very different from the United States, where we can see people hold a big cup of coffee in their hand and walk with haste. However, in France, people have lots of things in common with Vietnamese regarding coffee culture: they like SSE Coffee ( Sit, Sip and Enjoy coffee) ( Bet Cafe or Cafe bet ), it come together with some chit chats and conversations.


The way people in Vietnam enjoy their coffee, as well as their preferences, are also varied which depend mostly on where they come from. For instance, in general, southern Vietnamese, especially Saigonese, prefer washier coffee, with lots of ice and sugar. They also have “Bac Xiu”( not Bac Siu ), which is simply iced milk coffee but with an extremely large amount of milk and just a little coffee. Meanwhile, there’s no “Bạc Xỉu” in northern Vietnam. Nothern people prefer “rich” coffee with little sugar and no ice. 

Recently, some “modern cafeterias” like The Coffee House, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf or Starbucks have been popularized in Vietnam, especially by the young generation. It brings a lot of novelties to this country and somehow changes the way people enjoy coffee. However, just like Tet Holiday and Trinh Cong Son music, the traditional coffee culture – one of the exclusive types of coffee drinks will still play a crucial role in Vietnamese people’s life.

Thank you for being a part of Vietnamese coffee Culture

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