Make Saigon Coffee at Home

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Coffee | No Comments

Have you ever wanted to make Vietnamese Coffee at home?  San Diego’s very own finest Vietnamese Iced Coffee vendor – Saigon Coffee shows you the simple steps necessary to brew the most awesome  Iced Coffee in the San Diego area.

To make true Vietnamese Coffee you can buy one of Saigon Coffee’s do it yourself kits, or you can go to your local asian market and pick up the ingredients and tools there.  Vietnamese Coffee is brewed with an old fashioned method using a special filter and then pouring it over sweetened condensed milk.  It is pretty incredible and something you can do from home on a hot day.

So feel free to brew a little coffee and cool off San Diego!


What is the Secret to Awesome Iced Coffee?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Coffee | No Comments


Have you ever noticed that you order and Ice Coffee and it just doesn’t taste as good as the regular coffee you drink?  Well there is a reason for that and that reason is “Ice” among several other things.  We thought about the top 5 secrets to Ice Coffee and we are here to share them with you.

1)  Good Ice Coffee is Strong because it gets diluted over time  (Brew it twice the strength you like for hot coffee)

You can’t take a pot of coffee and pour it over ice and expect to get a great Ice Coffee.  The coffee melts the ice (even if the coffee is cold) and you end up with a watery and tasteless Iced Coffee.  The key to a good Iced Coffee is to brew it at least twice as strong, chill it down and then pour it over ice once it is already iced cold.  Thats one of the reason that Vietnamese Coffee’s like Saigon Coffee taste so good is because we start out with a super strong drip brew.

2) Add a Dash – Good Ice Coffee has dashes of other wonderful flavors

A black Iced Coffee needs a kick, whether its a splash of Vanilla, or a bit of Hazlenut, or a spoonful of condensed milk.  Iced Coffee taste better when something sweet is dashed in to boost the flavor and let the iced coffee stick to the ice for that flavorful richness.  We use a combination of delicious ingredients to make the flavor pop.

3) From the top – Sip from the Top

Here is the Vietnamese secret that has been passed down from generation to generation.  When you get an iced coffee take your straw and sip from the top.  That is where most of the ice is melting so you are experiencing the coffee at its best flavor.  If you sip from the bottom you are going to drink the concentrated coffee and at the end it will be too watery to drink.  Sip from the top people!

4)  Let the coffee sit one day in the fridge – Let the flavors harmonize

If you let your brewed coffee sit one day in the fridge the flavors harmonize and you get a richer flavor.  Also, letting your coffee sit in the fridge ensures that you will get a cold beverage that won’t melt the ice to quickly.

5) Use Good Beans

Find a mix of coffee beans that deliver a great mix of flavor, acidity and aroma.  No one bean or roasting style typically gives you exactly what you want so mixing coffee is very important.  We spent 6 months finding the right mix of beans in creating our own proprietary blend which we believe delivers the most superior taste for Vietnamese Iced Coffee.  You can buy our roasted beans by the pound and even try it for yourself if you want to experiment with creating your own fabulous Iced Coffee.

Thanks for checking out our blog!  Have beautiful Iced Coffee Dreams.

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Coffee | No Comments is making some changes.  We are now,   I mean was cool and all but when you have awesome Vietnamese Coffee that everyone loves you need to get a name that people remember.  And thats us – Saigon Coffee.


The Best Vietnamese Ice Coffee in San Diego According to Some Barista’s We Met

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Coffee | No Comments


Ok, so we’re serving about 500 cups of delicious Saigon Coffee a week now and the reception we’re getting is fantastic.  We won’t name names or anything but two Barista’s from a coffee shop with a name that sounds like “BarLucks” (Use your imagination here) said, “This is the best Iced Coffee we ever had and it’s better than Barlucks”.  Now thats a stamp of approval and we are tickled pink that people love our coffee.  Saigon Coffee in San Diego is a great thing!

Saigon Coffee make you go Vroom Vroom!

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Coffee | No Comments


A single Saigon Ice Coffee packs double the Caffeine of a typical cup of coffee.  Thats because our slow traditional Vietnamese brewing process extracts all of that super wake up power of caffeine.  You’ve heard the expression, “Good Morning Vietnam”.  That’s because everyone drinks strong coffee there and they are wide awake!  Put some vroom, vroom in your day!

Saigon Coffee Opens at Ocean Beach Farmers Market

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Coffee | No Comments


If you haven’t been to Ocean Beach on Wednesday afternoons for the Farmers Market, we highly recommend you check it out.  Not only is it just blocks from some of the most beautiful coastline in the world, the place is packed and you can get some of the best tasting authentic original food in San Diego.  Ocean Beach Farmers Market is awesome and we just opened there.  Come by and check us out!


Serving Saigon Coffee to 450 Runners and Cyclist

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Coffee | No Comments

Saigon Coffee served 450 thirsty bikers and runners at the Coronado Annual Ride and Stride. It was a fundraising event and over $100k was raised for needy causes like the Wounded Warrior Foundation.  Boy were they happy to get the added boost!


Why this money grubbing CEO is afraid of Tu McKenna’s Saigon Coffee

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Coffee | No Comments


You Money Grubbing, Penny Pinching, Horrible Coffee Making Man

He is the CEO of FrogWarts International Coffee.  He came up with the slogan, “Put some FrogWarts in your Cup”. He counts his money every night and squeezes every last penny he can from his customers.  Heck, he’ll even put his own kids to work late at night in sweat shops to squeeze every dime in profits he can.

He’s been known to rummage through garbage cans outside KFC for scraps of old chicken to feed employees at Christmas parties.  But he drives a nice car.  Yeah he drives a Lexis with Gold trim and skids out when he passes a rain puddle to drench nuns and priest as they walk down the street.

He is a money grubbing, penny pinching CEO and makes one horrible coffee.

There’s a new CEO of Coffee and it ain’t you Mr Cheap Face.


One of the reasons that you start a coffee brand is for fancy titles.  So, we proudly announce the first woman CEO of Coffee  – Tu McKenna.  She has shattered the glass ceiling of your typical money grubbing male CEO.  She is breaking all barriers down to just create the best iced coffee you can drink at the right price.  On top of that, she donates 10% of all proceeds directly back to orphanages in Vietnam.

Goodbye old school CEO.  Hello Tu McKenna of Saigon Coffee.