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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very poor quality. I purchased four. One was bent out of shape. One the filter didn't thread properly. One the post that the filter is screwed onto broke off the first use. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I am finally able to make the delicious coffee that I remember from Vietnam! Don't forget to buy sweetened condensed milk for a great drink. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Smaller than expected, but it gives a good strong cup if coffee. Probably a good idea to look up how to use it before you end up with awkward coffee full of coffee ground.Published 4 months ago by Brian Song
I used this to make the best cup of rich velvety coffee I ever had. It is simple, doesn't take up much space, but it also doesn't make a full cup of coffee. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jon
How many ways can you spell dumb? Bought this a couple of years ago and promply put it away and quite forgot about it. I have a 2 cup H. pour over that I use in the am. Read morePublished 7 months ago by GREGG
nice product when I just want a signle cup of Joe. definitely will recommend!Published 7 months ago by Kim
Small, and fun to make vietnamese coffee at home. Bought as a gift.Published 9 months ago by PomPom
The base and the chamber aren't connected. The handles are on the chamber, but lifting it causes a spill. Lifting from the "correct" point can burn your hands. No good. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael H Lester