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Unique, yet ubiquitous use
While its origins are south-east Asian, its has a cosmopolitan use that is quite underrated. If you’re like me and have several different blends of coffee in your home to choose from, its nice to offer guests their choice of coffee without having to make several pots to do so.
You can alter the strength of the coffee by how tightly you compress the top filter in this apparatus. Thus enabling a “Lungo” or “ristretto” type of taste as you would find with espresso machines. This is however, not technically an espresso maker as espresso is made by forcing water through the ground coffee beans, while this apparatus uses gravity to distill the coffee.
Many people who first experience these will be in specialty Vietnamese restaurants, offered as a traditional “Cà phê su’a dá” (translated “Coffee milk ice”), but you should be able to find this nice little filter at many oriental specialty shops for anywhere between $3-$4. Don’t worry about manufacturer, as I have seen several, and there seems to be absolutely no difference in quality. So don’t pay a high price for this item.
Often, the best things are the simplest, and it doesn’t get any simpler than this. It should last you decades of use.
All I want is 1 cup of coffee
I have 4 now. They are pretty cool for serving coffee when you have company. I don’t think the online price is outrageous, but if you are lucky enough to live in a city with a Vietnamese market you can pick these up for $3 each.
The directions tell you to pour hot water in the top, then reach in with your fingers and unscrew the (now) boiling hot metal plate. Other models have a slot so you can use a screwdriver. The best don’t use screws at all. Try finding one of them before you buy this one.
Since writing this review, I complained to Amazon and MV Trading. Both have come through for me. I received a replacement filter and didn’t have to send the broken one back. I am now a Happy Camper
prefer coffee filter set without the screw top
It is much more difficult to remove the screw part after the coffee is done. Worse, sometimes it can be that it is screwed in too hard, so the water does not drain through, but now you can’t loosen it, because the hot water covers the piece. That’s why the simpler version works much better. I have never seen this construction in Vietnam either.
However, there is one advantage, it is that it is sturdier and lasts longer.
nice little set
Great coffee filter!
To use this properly, make sure to not screw the insert down too tightly – it should be snug, but not tight. It might take a couple of tries to get this right. The coffee grounds need to be able to expand a bit. Once the insert is screwed down, pour a little bit (less than a cm) of water into the filter, and let that drip through. This allows the grounds to expand. If you don’t do this step, sometimes the grounds actually escape from the filter up into the water chamber. Not too big of a deal, but the water runs through too quickly when that happens. After the small amount of water goes through, then fill the filter almost to the top with water, and cover it with the cap. About 4 minutes should pass before all of the water has gone through. Then, enjoy!
Great cup of coffee
Clean-up is a breeze, limited moving parts and the grounds rinse right off, much quicker than fine-mesh filter cones or french press. I picked up two, one for work and one for home, and I have a feeling they will both get plenty of use.
Inexpensive, makes delicious treats.
hot, or pour it over ice.
Highly portable, easy to store, water can be heated any way that is convenient.. A wonderful treat beyond the bounds of electricity.
Vietnamase coffee filter set
It is just like a regular coffee press, but it makes one cup at a time.
Makes good coffee, hard to unscrew
Good for the price
Love the vietnamese coffee filter set
And a cup can’t taste any better than made in stainless steel, right? Love it, and I will probably buy another for my friends to use at the same time when they want just a cup. If you’re into the simple joys in life, this will suit you JUST FINE! Oh, did I mention it doesn’t take up one inch of counter space either as I just grab it out of the cupboard and we’re good to go?
basically these coffee filters are great – slow down the pace of life (the slower the coffee drips the better it is), but What I have found in my experience is that the Vietnamese coffee filter sets which you can screw down the inside filter thing are much better as they give a much more controlled drip and a stronger more authentic coffee =)
See the one I mean in this one-minute recipe video on youtube –
Straight to the recycle bin
In addition, there was a metal splinter on this thing that embedded itself in my finger, which made me so frustrated that I just threw the thing away instead of bothering to send it back for a refund.
Good Stainless Steel coffe item
Good coffee filter
Works great, but it’s small and lets grinds through
BEST WAY TO BREW COFFEE!
Doesnt work that well
This one has too large holes on the bottom, the screw doesnt work that well, and it doesnt hold as much coffee.