Coffee can be found just about everywhere in Laos. Lao coffee is made in a coffee sock and is very thick, strong and dark black. It is served in a small glass with a couple of tablespoons of condensed milk at the bottom. Coffee is always served with a chaser of either weak black tea or warm water.
Indonesia is home to a special type of coffee known as Kopi Luwak, a brew that for upwards of $50 per cup. The beans for this type of coffee are said to be very aromatic and taste far less bitter, pleasing the palettes of a wider audience.
However, the way this coffee gets it’s flavor might stop the unadventurous in their tracks. You see, a little weasel-like animal, the Luwak, eats the coffee berries. The outer, fruit part of the coffee cherry is digested while the rest of the bean is defecated, collected by locals, cleaned, dried and roasted. Yes, the Kopi Luwak is a coffee made from previously ingested coffee beans!
Vietnamese coffee style is not unique to Vietnam. It is popular in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and other regions. The brewing style is low-tech, using a simple metal filter called a Phin filter. The filter also works beautifully for making a tall glass of iced coffee.
In Vietnam, coffee is not consumed on the run. People sit in cafés or at home and brew the coffee at their table leisurely in single servings.
Thai iced coffee is brewed using strong black coffee, sweetened with sugar, heavy cream (or half-and-half) and cardamom, and quickly cooled and served over ice. Some variations are brewed using espresso. Thai iced coffee can be served with whipped cream on top for a layered effect, and garnished with cinnamon, vanilla and/or anise. It is a common menu item at Thai restaurants and works well after a spicy meal.