Vietnamese Cold Drip Coffee

Vietnamese Cold Drip Coffee

Having been cow’s milk free for over 10 years, one type of coffee I have never tried is a Vietnamese coffee as one of the main ingredients is condensed cow’s milk.

It’s not a common coffee to see on menus, which is surprising as it’s so easy to make.

I did however find a café near us serving it and Gavin had been ordering it every time we go there (and I have been enviously watching him drink it!)

But I really wanted to try one! However, it needed to be a dairy free version which could also be vegan. I initially thought it would be super hard to find coconut condensed milk (made with coconut milk rather than cow’s milk) but low and behold Woolworths sell the one below. Ticks all my boxes of being an authentic condensed milk* but made with coconut milk.

coconut condensed milk

First impression when I tasted it straight out of the can was wow this is super sweet. But mix a small amount with our cold drip, add some ice and you end up with tasty coffee with a hint of sweetness. Perfect sipping drink.

This recipe goes equally well with our regular cold drip coffee and also our decaf version.

This particular condensed coconut milk will also keep in the fridge for 14 days so you don’t need to finish it all in one go as I think more than one a day would be too much sweetness.       

*Condensed milk is cow’s milk from which water has been removed (roughly 60% of it). It is most often found with sugar added. It is very thick and when canned can last for years without refrigeration if not opened. The product is also used in numerous desserts in many countries.



  • 100ml Dark City Foundry cold drip coffee
  • 1 tbsp coconut condensed milk



Add the coffee to a glass and slowly add the condensed milk stirring with a spoon as you pour. Add some ice and enjoy.

As our cold drip coffee doesn’t have the same bitterness, you’ll find in an espresso you don’t need much of the sweet condensed milk to make a great tasting coffee which is a bonus as there is added sugar in the condensed milk whether it’s cow’s or coconut milk.


Hint: if you’ve put your leftover condensed coconut milk in the fridge it will most likely form into a solid block of coconut milk. Either take this out of the fridge much earlier to soften or pop a tablespoon into a cup and microwave for 10 seconds to soften enough to combine with the coffee.  

Vietnamese Cold drip coffee

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