If you’ve been seeing a frothy whipped coffee drink all over your Pinterest or Instagram feed lately, it’s because whipped “dalgona” coffee is the new biggest drink trend. I tested it out and am here to share the best way to make it at home.
Whipped coffee has its origins in places like India and Pakistan, but it’s recently became a thing everywhere thanks to social media. Not long ago, South Korean actor Jung Il-woo ordered the whipped coffee then compared the taste to that of dalgona, which is a type of Korean toffee. People in South Korea quickly started recording themselves making “dalgona” whipped coffee at home, and it has since become a viral sensation, even being coined the “quarantine drink.”
And it’s true: Most of us don’t have our local coffee shop fix to get us through our mornings right now, so making dalgona whipped coffee is the next best thing. The fluffy froth is made up of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water, all whisked together then thrown on top of a warm or cold milk. And while it looks like something super fancy that takes expertise to make, I found out that it certainly doesn’t — though the right tools help.
I don’t have a hand mixer or standing mixer at home, so I had to use a hand whisk for about 15 minutes rather than the anticipated five minutes to turn the mixture into fluff. I still achieved the desired texture, but it came at the cost of a slight arm ache. So do yourself a favor and use a hand mixer or consider this your workout for the day. Other than that, follow this whipped coffee recipe and you’ll feel like your own barista.
How to Make Whipped Coffee
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (I used brown sugar)
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- One cup milk of choice (I used oat milk)
- Place the instant coffee, sugar, and hot water in a small bowl. Use your hand mixer to begin mixing them together. The mixture should start off very dark and get lighter in color.
- Using the hand mixer, you’ll have to mix for about five minutes to get the desired consistency. Continue mixing until your froth is a medium to light brown color and becomes very fluffy, enough to form a soft peak.
- Once the mixture has turned to a whipped cream consistency, fill a glass with ice (if you’re making your drink cold) and pour your milk over the ice, or warm your milk in a small saucepan. Use a spoon to dollop the whipped coffee topping onto the milk.
- Insert a straw or spoon, stir, and enjoy!
Whipped “dalgona” coffee tastes strong and the frothy texture with milk at the bottom gives it a similar feel to a latte. I used sweetened oat milk for my recipe which removed some of the acidity and gave a sweeter taste, but you can use any type of milk you like.
This one’s bound to be another favorite quarantine recipe!