Cambodian/Khmer Iced Coffee

I will always pick Starbucks over Caribou coffee unless there’s Cambodian iced coffee. Khmer iced coffee is stronger and often sweeten with only condensed milk, poured over ice. It’s simple to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. The perfect summertime drink.

Though this recipe is simple, you must use the right type of coffee. Look for ground coffee with chicory. This type of coffee mix can be found in Asian stores. I used Cafe Du Monde’s coffee mix (picture below). According to Cafe Du Monde, “The taste for coffee and chicory was developed by the French during their civil war. Coffee was scarce during those times, and they found that chicory added body and flavor to the brew…. Chicory is the root of the endive plant…It is added to the coffee to soften the bitter edge of the dark roasted coffee.” If you can’t find this chicory coffee mix, espresso also works as along it’s medium ground. You want your coffee to be medium ground because you will be using a single serving coffee press (picture below) and you don’t want your ground bits to fall through. Single serving coffee presses are available at Asian stores and they are super cheap. Again, if you can’t find the coffee presses anywhere you can always brew your coffee the regular way. Single serving coffee press are usually how they brew and serve you coffee in Southeast Asia. Though you can do without the traditional brewer or the right type of coffee, you can’t skip out on sweeten condensed milk. If you brew your coffee and add just sugar and cream, then it’s no longer Southeast Asia coffee and you might as well close this web page.

My mother always buy this brand of condensed milk, so I follow her. Everything here can be found at your local Asian store.

My mother always buy this brand of condensed milk, so I follow her. Everything here can be found at your local Asian store.

The amount of condensed milk  you add to your cup depends on how strong you want your coffee.

The amount of condensed milk you add to your cup depends on how strong you want your coffee.

Two tablespoon of coffee.

Two tablespoon of coffee.

6 oz of hot water. This coffee press includes a built-in filter so you can brew to the ideal strength, tightening the press for a stronger beverage and loosening it to take the edge off. Its convenient design fits in the top rim of mugs or cups to deliver a single serving of your most popular coffee or tea.

6 oz of hot water. This coffee press includes a built-in filter so you can brew to the ideal strength, tightening the press for a stronger beverage and loosening it to take the edge off. Its convenient design fits in the top rim of mugs or cups.

After it's done brewing, pour over iced. Lots of iced.

After it’s done brewing, pour over iced. Lots of iced.

Stir to combine.

Stir to combine.

Perfect for a hot summer day.

Perfect for a hot summer day.


Cambodian/Khmer Iced Coffee – 1 serving

  • 2 Tablespoon of ground coffee
  • 1-2 Tablespoon of sweeten condensed milk
  • 6 oz of hot water
  • Glass filled with iced
  • Special equipment – Single Serving Coffee Press

  1. Pour about 1 – 2 Tablespoon of sweeten condensed milk in your cup. You can adjust sweetness of your coffee by adding more or less of the condensed milk.
  2. Place your coffee press above your cup. Add 2 Tablespoon of coffee into the filter. Sprinkle a little water over the coffee to moisten it. Place your press and tighten into the coffee.
  3. Slowly pour 6 oz of hot water into the brewer.
  4. Once it’s done dripping. Pour your freshly brewed coffee over ice. Stir. Enjoy.

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