Written by Alex Nguyen
We may be biased, but phin brewed coffee is one of the best known brewing methods -- yet wildly underexposed and underrated in American brew culture. While we love all styles of brewing from the French press to the traditional drip filter, or even the sophisticated siphon brewers, there’s something about the phin brew tool that makes it uniquely stand out against the rest.
First thing’s first: phin brewed coffee tastes incredible. The coffee drips drop by drop at a leisurely pace from the metal filter into the glass, bringing with it concentrated flavor and punches of caffeine. You don’t need much phin brewed coffee to get the same effects as a traditional cup, and you definitely do not need to drink as much in general. BUT, if you’re a high-volume kind of person, the phin method is so versatile, that you can do a second pour to yield a higher volume of fluids (think from espresso-to-Americano type of vibe). The flavor of a phin brewed coffee is akin to having a complex spirit with earthy, savory, and deep notes. We like to describe the concentration and flavor of phin brewed coffee as something in between an espresso and cup of drip. Some people would even describe it as a “Vietnamese-style espresso” as the phin predominantly imparts smooth and toasty notes. Those who love flavor love phin coffee.
In addition to the flavor, phin coffee is among the more portable brewing methods for coffee. You don’t need fancy gear or large tools to make phin coffee– all you need is your beans, your phin filter, and hot water. Walk the streets of any city in Vietnam and you’ll see vendors pushing carts selling phin brewed coffee on the go. It’s the perfect to-go receptacle and you don’t have to sacrifice flavor or experience. Keep a phin in your car, bring it camping, take it as you would tea bags or the like for when you want your coffee.
In line with its portability, phin coffee has a sustainable edge over its cousins. When you brew with a phin, you don’t waste paper filters or large quantities of grounds and water as it requires merely a few spoonfuls of grounds, a few ounces of water, and time to make the perfect, complex brew. The phin brew tool requires so little yet yields so much.
Are you Team Phin? Try it for yourself and get back to us. We’re more than sure that you’ll love phin coffee so much that you’ll wish every coffee shop served their joe using this method.
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