April 15, 2011

Chilling out at one of the Highlands Coffee shops in Saigon.

Vietnam has some of the best coffee in the world (although, my favorite is still Costa Rica)... and some of the most dedicated coffee drinkers. The people there appreciate good coffee. All the cafes were constantly filled. I actually had to wait in line to get a table at this place. It's interesting to me that a country with such a hot climate would also be so into coffee.

Vietnamese are also famous for putting condensed milk into the coffee drink. I enjoyed the condensed milk in iced coffee, but thought it was too sweet to put into hot coffee. The coffee in Vietnam is very strong, but it's also very smooth... so the condensed milk is not necessary. The silver canister you see to the right is a little brewing mechanism for single servings. You put freshly ground coffee beans and hot water into the canister... and then place it on top of your cup. The coffee drips out through a filter and in no time, you'll have a wonderfully fresh cup of coffee! Brilliant!

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