A filter for your Vietnamese coffee fix

A singularly sturdy java fix

Vietnamese coffee filter: This type of metal, single-serving coffee filter has been used in Vietnam since the 19th century, when the French introduced the beverage. The filters are inexpensive, easy to use, unbreakable (unlike most French presses) and perfectly sized for a morning cup. They're composed of three pieces: a filter, screw-in screen and cover.

About $4 at many Asian (Vietnamese and Chinese) markets and grocery stores, and online at www.vietnamese-coffee.com, www.quickspice.com and www.amazon.com.

-- Amy Scattergood

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