How to make the beautiful whipped coffee that’s going viral

If self-isolation has a signature drink, dalgona coffee is it.

As Coronavirus has forced people around the world to stay at home and go without their favourite barista-made brews, the popularity of dreamy-looking dalgona coffee has exploded.

Coffee-lovers have more time to spend in the kitchen than ever and it has led to an huge uptick in both culinary creativity and social media activity. 



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Somewhat like an upside down dessert cappuccino, a dalgona is a sweet coffee whipped foam heaped on top of either iced or warm milk. Originating in Korea, this little caffeinated sweet treat started its rise to fame on Tiktok, where dalgona content has accumulated 3 million views.

It's not hard to see why people have been quick to try the foamy delight. A dalgona only requires three ingredients - plus milk - and little to no precision. It's the preparation that can prove tricky. Here's how it's done:



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  • 2 tbsp of instant coffee
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tbsp of boiled water
  • Milk of your choice

Additional note: If you're feeling like letting loose with your dalgona, feel free replace one tablespoon of water with a tablespoon of Kahlua for a grown-up version! Try cutting 1/2 tablespoon of sugar, as Kahlua is sweet.

To begin, put all three ingredients into a medium-sized bowl and whisk. It is recommended that you use a hand-held electric mixer, as it can be a slow process. 

If you are finding that your mixture is not thickening, it may be too hot. Try putting it in the freezer for one to two minutes to cool and then resume whipping. 



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Whip until the foam is a light coffee colour that holds stiff peaks and put to one side. Either heat your milk or pour over a glass of ice. Then, gently, to keep the separation between milk and foam, heap your dalgona coffee whip onto your prepped milk.

And your dalgona is done! Don't forget to take a pic of your beautiful creation!


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