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Using the Vietnamese Filter

Vietnamese Phin filters can be purchased here.

These filters are great for people who don't have room for a coffee machine or who like to make a single cup at a time. All you need is hot water and this filter kit. If you want to brew iced coffee, follow the same instructions but put the filter assembly over a cup with cubed or crushed ice.

Pictorical Instructions:

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measuring coffee into Vietnamese filter The kit includes the filter chamber, filter press, cup spanner, and cap. Some people prefer a glass mug or cup because they can watch the progress of the brewing.

This method takes about 4-6 minutes from start to finish, if you have the right amount of coffee and the right grind. If it drips too fast, add more coffee or make the grind finer. If it brews too slow, make the grind coarser or use less coffee.

Typically you should use a rounded tablespoon of coffee to start, and then adjust from there if the time is not right.

how to align the filter insert with the single-serving filter We recommend pre-heating the cup with a little hot water, because a lot of heat is lost in the small filter, and it is good to keep the coffee heat from going into heating the cup.

Put the coffee in the empty chamber of the filter. Tap the chamber a little to settle it so it will drain evenly. Put the chamber and the wide saucer spanner section over the cup you will be brewing into.

Put the insert inside on top of the coffee as shown and spin the insert once or twice to even out the coffee. Then, pour in a little water (a couple of tablespoons) to moisten and swell the coffee.

waiting for the vietnamese filter to brew Wait about 20 seconds, then fill the chamber with hot water. The best temperature is 185 to 195.

Place the lid on top and wait about 3 minutes for the water to drip through the grinds. Lift the lid to check on progress.

Vietnamese aluminum coffee filter assembly brewing The best flavor is achieved in about 4 minutes. Water that drips through after that time may not be adding a lot of flavor to the coffee, so that is why it is best to adjust the amount of coffee to make it about a 4-minute brew.

When the chamber is empty, lift the filter assembly off the cup and turn the lid upside down, then place the filter assembly on it. The remaining drips of water will collect in the lid and keep your table clean.


Using the filter should be simple and easy. If you're having any trouble with it, here are some common issues and their solutions: