T-Coffee is a well-appointed, ostensibly franchise-shop, though the only place I’ve noticed it is on Võ Văn Tần street. Their shop there is larger than the average mom-and-pop shop, but smaller than most big-name cafés. It features large glass windows (which unfortunately can only look out onto the traffic) and an open, professional layout inside. The chairs are reasonably comfortable, but if you’re working with a laptop, you’ll probably want to grab one of the bench seats against the wall or a spot at the window bar; the central tables are high enough, but very small. The staff was very friendly, and even spoke good English.
T-Coffee’s website will tell you the “T” stands for “True,” and from what I can tell, they aren’t lying. After a bit of initial bitter bite, the coffee is very flavorful and strong. In order to make sure it stays that way, I’d recommend asking them to go light on the ice (or forgo ice entirely – it’s cheaper that way too). You won’t break the bank here either; iced black coffee is 23,000đ, or get it hot for just 20,000đ. T’s menu is printed in both English and Vietnamese, and features Viet and Western coffees, smoothies, shakes, teas, sodas, and ice cream. I haven’t tried anything but the coffee yet, but I have high hopes. If you fancy a taste at home, they also sell bags of their coffee beans.
Verdict: I shall definitely return. “T” seems to have taken what Highlands does right (simple, professional atmosphere, large drink selection), and corrected most of what they do wrong (namely the coffee flavor and price). Give T-Coffee a try!