Coffee The Khmer Way…

Cambodian Food & Cuisine, Living in Phnom Penh / Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

I could never get enough of writing and featuring Khmer coffee. I’m addicted to it. It’s a known fact, even one of my friends think I am in need of ‘intervention’ because of said addiction. Lol! I dunno but I just LOVE Khmer Iced Coffee. I never have it more than once a day though, so I don’t  think I need rehab yet. But I’m known to talk weird after drinking a whole glass ahahaha, so if I begin blabbing about weird things , then I must be on my caffeine dose.

Coffee here is cheap. Very much so if you have it in Khmer eateries or in the market.  I like getting mine from Tuol Tompong Market, for 3000 Riels I get a biggie glass of coffee topped with crushed ice. That’s how Khmers prefer to drink it. With ice, lots of it. It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is, although you can also order a hot one. You can choose to drink it with sweet condensed milk or without it. And its just delicious either way. Need a guide on how to order coffee in Khmer? Check out my Let’s Talk Food in Khmer guide.

I got really curious about the process of coffee bean roasting and how they flavor the coffee so I plagued sweetly asked hubby to bring me to their neighbor who has a coffee business so I could take photos of the ‘process’.

Khmer Coffee Roasting

Khmer Coffee Roasting

They usually use a round shaped roasting device/contraption? {Hahaha I am at a loss for a word here..} and roast the fresh coffee beans for several hours under low fire.

Khmer Coffee Roasting

Once done, coffee beans are placed on a mat, then sprinkled with fat and whisky..

Khmer Coffee Roasting

Then they grind the coffee beans..tada! now ready…

Khmer Iced Coffee

They use the drip method when preparing their iced coffee. The trick with enjoying this is to let the ice melt a bit first otherwise you’d be slurping on a really bitter and concentrated brew.. The ice dilutes the coffee and tones down the bitterness..

Yummy, yummy, yummy. I could never get enough of this.

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