What Is Dalgona Coffee & How to Make It?

This social media trend has coffee lovers jumping for joy.

In a nutshell, dalgona coffee is whipped coffee. It’s a Korean two-toned, creamy beverage that gained popularity when a clip from the TV show Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant showed South Korean actor Jung Il Woo trying the drink at a cafe in Macau. The actor said the coffee drink reminded him of dalgona candy, a South Korean honeycomb toffee made using melted sugar and baking soda. This is how the name dalgona coffee caught on, and the beverage became famous by the said name worldwide.

How to make dalgona coffee

The ingredients required to make dalgona coffee are:

  • One tablespoon instant coffee
  • One tablespoon sugar
  • One tablespoon hot water
  • Three-fourth to one cup of cold or hot milk
  • Ice cubes (optional)

Please note that this recipe serves one.

Below is the method to make dalgona coffee:

  • Combine the instant coffee, sugar, and hot water well in a mixing bowl.
  • Whisk them using a handheld mixer, stand mixer, or milk frother for about 2-4 minutes until the mixture forms stiff peaks. If you don’t have any of these tools, you can complete this step manually by using a good old whisk.
  • Add the ice cubes to a mug and then pour the milk over them.
  • Scoop the whipped coffee and add it on top of the milk, and serve.

While Korea is said to be dalgona coffee’s place of origin, it has been noted that variations of this drink may have existed in India and Pakistan as “pheta (beaten) coffee,” “hand-beaten coffee,” and “Indian cappuccino” for years. The drink has also long been enjoyed in countries like Greece (frappé) and Libya.