Thai Iced Coffee! Gafe Yen! (Thai food)

Thai Iced Coffee! Gafe Yen! A Thai food favorite

Gafe Yen means “Coffee – Cold” but we call it “Thai Iced Coffee”.
When I first got to Thailand I drank the coffee from the shops. I avoided Thai Coffee since I hadn’t tried coffee from a different country that I ever liked except Canada… which is same as USA coffee. I had tried Korean and Cuban coffee before and they aren’t that great.

When I went to Laos I tried their coffee which was EXCELLENT! They have lattes and others that were really nice.

Thai coffee – iced Thai coffee is a real favorite of the Thais. There are special stores that make it and usually there is only one or 2 favorite places among the people of the whole town so they sell a LOT of Thai Iced Coffee. In Thailand they sell it in a baggie. A clear plastic baggie and they give you a straw that you can use. There are handles on the baggie. The coffee is STRONG and SWEET. It also has a lot of ice so it’s very cold. I enjoy it – but if I had a chance I’d be drinking Starbucks or something similar! I’m American and I’ve never lost the craving…


1/2 cup of dried roasted ground Thai coffee
5 cups of boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Half & Half cream or 1 cup Evaporated Milk (Thais use this)
small ice cubes (preferred)


Add boiling water to coffee grounds.
Add sugar and drain coffee through a screen or strainer.
Add the cream / milk and leave to cool.

Pour over ice cubes and top with more half and half.

Put it into a plastic bag for the more authentic experience!


Sawasdee Ka - Joy

2 thoughts on “Thai Iced Coffee! Gafe Yen! (Thai food)”

  1. Peanutbrittle Diaries said…

    question, how do you make your thai iced tea? what tea do you usually use?

    July 18, 2007 10:54 AM

  2. Good question… usually we don’t! Just joking, but we usually buy it from a vendor that comes around on a motorbike through all the housing areas. On the bike is an attached section with another wheel. It’s like a tea bar. They have 10-15 kinds of flavored drinks. One of them always being, Chai yen or Chai Yen, Thai iced tea. We may do a blog post here about Cha Yen in the future, we need to learn how to make it first!

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