Accessories for Brewing Coffee and Tea
Welcome to our Accessories Store! Here you will find everything you need to prepare your coffee and tea in any exotic - or simplified - way you might desire.
Interested in Vietnamese Iced Coffee? To brew your own strong, sweet, delicious Vietnamese style iced coffee, you will need one of our Vietnamese coffees, some sweetened condensed milk, and either a Phin filter or a French coffee press. Traditionally, the coffee is brewed in a Phin filter placed over a glass full of ice with a thick layer of condensed milk at the bottom. However, you can get a similar taste in a larger volume by brewing the coffee in a French press at 150% strength, and then pouring over ice and condensed milk.
We have several options for brewing your coffee. Some of them can also be used for tea, as noted. They are organized by volume of coffee, so single-serving brewers are first and the large 8-cup French Press is last.
Stainless steel Vietnamese single-cup brewer (called a Phin), 4 piece kit with instructions. This little filter is perfect for brewing a single cup of intense, delicious coffee in the traditional way (6-7 ounces, typically). When guests visit, use a separate filter and cup for each person and add sweetened condensed milk for the authentic coffeehouse experience. We now offer larger capacity Phins as well.
7 & 8oz gravity
French Coffee Press
- also useful for tea
The French-style Coffee Press is a method of brewing coffee that allows maximum circulation for maximum flavor. We like this particular model because it can be completely disassembled for ease of cleaning, and the plunger is well-designed for a long life. French Press brewing produces results as flavorful as the little single-cup filter, but in larger quantity for when one cup just won't do. It can also be used to brew tea via the exact same method. Exceptional flavor, easy brewing, easy clean-up, and no paper filters.
8-cup Steel Presses
8-cup Colored Presses
A French Press, also known as a coffee press or coffee plunger, is a simple way of brewing an extremely flavorful cup of coffee with easy cleanup and minimal effort and counter space. The lid and plunger are removed, and ground coffee added to the glass container at a ratio of 1 tablespoon per cup of coffee desired. Then hot water is added to the ground coffee (we recommend about 195° F). The coffee circulates freely in the water, allowing maximum flavor to be released. Then, after 4 minutes or so, you replace the plunger lid and press the plunger gently but firmly down as far as it will go. This filters out all the coffee grounds and leaves the brewed coffee on top, ready to be poured out and enjoyed. (See instructional video below)
The Presses we offer are our favorites because they can be completely disassembled, making them easy to clean. All parts can be placed in the dishwasher, and this allows the press to be totally cleaned, unlike single-piece versions that may trap materials in the crevices.
Steel or plastic?
The choice between steel and plastic is as much aesthetic as practical. Some people simply prefer steel. However, the plastic casing is remarkably durable and helps protect the glass from impact, and the plastic-cased French press can be put into the microwave if the plunger is removed. This makes the plastic press a favorite in offices where the microwave is the only source of hot water.
Multipurpose Wire Mesh Strainer
- also useful for tea
These wire mesh strainers are useful for a variety of purposes. We find this to be an indispensable tool for people who like to fiddle with their own brewing experiments, like cold-brewing in bottles, pot brewing, sun tea, etc. These fine strainers are designed to place across the opening of a mug, teacup, or teapot, and hold the tea leaves or coffee grounds while brewing. Also, they can be used to strain coffee grounds out of cold-brewed coffee. The strainer is also reuseable, unlike cloth or paper filters.
Handle or no handle? We offer both because the bamboo handle makes it easier to hold the filter without getting too close to the hot water, but if you want to use the strainer inside a teapot, there may not be room for the handle. Thus, the choice depends mostly on how you plan to use your strainer.
These useful strainers can be used for a variety of purposes. We use them to brew tea, preferring them to teaballs that may leak or confine the leaves too tightly, and we also use them to strain coffee grounds out of cold-brewed coffee. These are actually one of our most-used kitchen items, because we enjoy all types of alternative brewing methods, and the strainers are used at the end to separate out the tea leaves or grounds easily.
Although the strainers with little bamboo handles may seem expensive, we highly recommend them, because the strainer will become hot if used to brew hot drinks. Also, the handle enables the strainer to be used in a wider variety of sizes of openings and cups. However, if you wish to use the strainer in the mouth of a teapot or only for cold drinks, you might like to get the one without the handle.
The sizes listed decribe the openings that the strainer will fit. So, you should buy a 69-74mm strainer if you have a 70mm mug you wish to use. The strainers with a handle can be used in containers up to 1 inch wider than the listed dimensions, due to the extra width provided by the handle.
New Plastic Handle: We procured the new strainer with the plastic handle at a special price, making it even more affordable than the handle-less strainers. The handle is a white plastic tab attached to a metal shank (the same general construction as the bamboo handles), with a small hole for hanging the strainer on a hook.
This group includes teaballs and teabags you can use to make your own "teabag" or "coffee-bag" from your favorite tea or coffee.
Teaballs are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to suit your taste. We have a few favorites, chosen for their quality, convenience, and good brewing results. Each is different, and produces a different amount of tea; the image to the right all shows the varieties. We recommend you click on the image to see a larger version with more information. All stainless steel.
The teaball is a classic tool used to brew individual mugs of tea that has been used for generations of tea-drinkers. It is reuseable and does not waste paper. Cleaning is also easy--just rinse with water and hang to dry. The teaball can also be washed in the dishwasher, but rinse the leaves out first so they don't clog up your machine. All stainless steel.
Our selection of teaballs includes all sizes and types. Here is a breakdown of the differences:
- A: Tea Spoon, brews one serving and uses spring action to stay closed. The wire mesh allows full circulation of water through the tea.
- B: Solid Round Teaball, makes 1 - 4 servings and has two halves that fit snugly together, with holes for the water to flow through.
- C: Wire Mesh Round Teaball, makes 1 - 8 servings, depending on size. A classic shape that holds closed with a clip.
Single-Use Filterbags for Tea and Coffee
- also useful for coffee
These convenient little filterbags are, essentially, do-it-yourself teabags. Simply open the bag and fill it with your choice of loose-leaf tea, then brew a cup (or a small pot) of tea just as you would with a regular teabag. When the tea's done, simply dispose of the filterbag - no cleanup required! Intriguingly, these little bags can also be used to brew coffee. Just put in a rounded tablespoonful of ground coffee for a cup (or more for a large mug) and brew in a cup of hot water for four-five minutes. You can even fill teabags with your favorite coffee in the morning and then take them to work with you for your morning coffee break!
These filterbags are a wonderful convenience for brewing both tea and coffee. The first time you use one, however, it can seem a bit tricky. After that, they take only a few seconds to use, no more time than a teaball or coffee maker, and there's no cleanup at the end! Use them for small quantity brewing of a cup, or make a small pitcher by filling them more fully, or using more than one.
The bag is like a plastic sandwich baggie, made from hygienic cloth fibers that impart NO taste. It has a fold at the bottom to increase its capacity and a large flap at the top to use to seal the bag. You put your tea leaves, or ground coffee, into the large pocket of the bag (don't accidentally put it into the fold at the bottom, that's an easy mistake to make the first time you try). Then, you invert the flap over the opening at the top of the bag. Don't tear the bag, just gently press the flap up and over the opening, just like a sandwich baggie, or turning a shirt sleeve inside-out.
In the first image above, the filterbag is being filled with tea. You can also use ground coffee. Use these ratios for our drinks: 1 tsp tea to 1 cup water, or 1 tbsp coffee to 1 cup water. You can make up to 6 cups of tea or 3 cups of coffee at a time with these extra-large filterbags.
In the second image, the filterbag's flap is lifted up and over the opening. You should slip your thumbs under the flap while pushing the corners down with your fingers, inverting the flap. Just one simple motion and you will be done. These can even be made ahead of time to bring with you to work or a friend's house. Just make sure to use them within a few hours if you are making coffee, so the grounds don't go stale.
Cups and Mugs
Our favorite cups and mugs for ideal serving size.
IKEA 6oz Cup and Saucer Set
These are the best cups we've found for Vietnamese style coffee, and the ones we put into our G7 Fun Packs. The ideal size and shape for both G7 Instant coffee and for use with a Vietnamese Phin coffee filter, these cups help you portion your drink correctly for maximum flavor and combat the "portion distortion" that can make it difficult to enjoy your intense Vietnamese coffee in oversized American mugs. They are also very cute.
Available in a selection of colors.
Traditionally, Vietnamese coffeeshop-style coffee is brewed from a Phin filter (shown at the top of this page) into a cup with plenty of sweetened condensed milk at the bottom. The milk is then stirred up into the coffee, but not completely, giving the cup a sweet finish.
Genuine Vietnamese Sweetened Condensed Milk, Longevity Brand
You might be familiar with American sweetened condensed milk, used to make caramel or pumpkin pies, but Vietnamese sweetened condensed milk is a little different. It is made with thick whole milk for extra creaminess, and as a result, lightens coffee much better than Carnation or other brands available in America.
NEW: Longevity Gold! The difference between the two varieties (Original and Gold) is quite subtle, but Gold has a higher percentage of cream. This gives Gold a distinctly buttery taste that complements the Vietnamese butter-roast very well.
Delicious in both hot and iced coffee.
These innovations allow anyone to brew their favorite coffees in a standard K-Cup Keurig brewing machine. Save money, save the environment, and enjoy the world's best coffee!
EZ-Cup for Keurig K-Cup Machines
Our favorite all-around Keurig-compatible device for brewing Vietnamese coffee. Combines the ease-of-use of the My K-Cup with the quality brew of the My-Kap because the paper filter slows down the brewing process to the proper speed. Save 50 cents or more per cup and brew the coffee you want, not the coffee Green Mountain wants you to buy!
EZ-Cup is the best solution we've found for Keurig k-cup machines. Keurig's own My K-Cup uses a metal filter, which just doesn't give a good brew; My-Kap re-uses the actual K-cups themselves, which works great, but is a little fiddly and requires that you keep buying K-cups so you can use them.
EZ-Cup, on the other hand, is a re-usable device that holds its own disposable, biodegradable paper filter. This gives you the best brew possible in a Keurig machine, while reducing waste and improving economy. Most coffees brew well this way; we've tried it with a number of Trung Nguyen coffees, our Liberica, and Nacha Thai coffee, and all came out quite good.
Use is very simple. Place a single paper filter into the EZ-Cup, fill with ground coffee, fold the little paper flap over, and press the lid on top to hold it all together. Then just stick it into your Keurig like a regular K-cup, and you're on your way! But if you'd like more detail, here's our own video instructions:
My-Kap for Keurig K-Cup Machines
The new My-Kap is an innovative little device that fits over the top of an existing K-Cup, enabling you to re-use the Cup several times. Each time, you can fill it with your choice of coffees, including our delicious Vietnamese coffees.
Each My-Kap comes with detailed, illustrated instructions on using, storing and cleaning it, but after using it once, you will find it delightfully intuitive and simple to use. Also included is a little tool that helps get the My-Kap back off of the K-Cup after using it.
While Keurig's own My K-Cup does not require the used K-Cup and many customers like it, we have found the My-Kap easier to use, store, and clean, and we prefer the flavor of the coffee brewed with the My-Kap.
The incredible My-Kap is an innovative little device that fits over the top of an existing K-Cup, enabling you to re-use the Cup several times. Each time, you can fill it with your choice of coffees, including our delicious Vietnamese coffees.
Re-using your K-Cups saves up to 20 cents per cup, reduces waste, and allows you to enjoy an infinite selection of coffee varieties!
The My-Kap is easy to use, dishwasher-safe, and durable. It is smaller and easier to clean, store, and use than Keurig's My K-Cup and does not require messing with the machine at all. Simply peel the foil off the top of your used K-Cup, rinse it, put in a spoonful of your desired coffee, and press the My-Kap in place; then insert into the machine as you would a regular K-Cup.
Each My-Kap comes with detailed, illustrated instructions on using, storing and cleaning it, but after using it once, you will find it delighfully intuitive and simple to use. Also included is a little tool that helps get the My-Kap back off of the K-Cup after using it.
My-Kap inserted into K-Cup
and ready to use
While Keurig's own My K-Cup does not require the used K-Cup, we have found it to be more fiddly to use, store, and clean, and we also prefer the flavor of the coffee brewed with the My-Kap. The paper filters inside the K-Cups produce a better result than the wire mesh filter inside the My K-Cup, which brews too quickly for most coffees.
We carry the My-Kaps so people can enjoy our delicious Vietnamese coffee on their Keurig machines, but we do not stock large quantities. To buy a large volume of My-Kaps, visit the Creator of the My-Kap.