Dalgona coffee, AKA whipped coffee, has been trending in the past few weeks and I finally caved on trying it out. The history buff in me was dying to know why all of a sudden this drink is everywhere on my social media feed! Thankfully the New York Times answered that question for me. It first gained traction in South Korea in January after an actor, Jung Il-woo tried it in Macau and said it reminded him of the honeycomb toffee confection called dalgona. It resurfaced again with a TikTok user prepping it at home and now it feels like everyone is giving this drink a go.
Have you made this whipped coffee drink? Comment below with what you thought of it!
First thing to clear up, the reason I waited so long to try it. Instant coffee is not my favorite. That is saying a lot considering I’ll drink just about any coffee. Everything from the remnants of yesterday’s bottom of the pot roast at home to the fancier cappuccinos and peppermint mocha’s and cold brews. Instant coffee is bitter to me so it had me a little nervous. Putting my preference aside, I couldn’t help but wonder what it tasted like. Curiosity got to me and early last week I was ordering instant coffee on Amazon to try it out.
I judged the coffee on three things: difficulty, taste, and would I make it again.
This coffee was easy to make but does take slightly longer than the usual pot of coffee. If you are used to making a fancier drink in the morning, you won’t feel the extra time. Total time was 7 minutes for me from start to finish. The step that takes the longest it without a doubt the whisking to give it that signature texture. An electric mixer is definitely recommended, if only to save your arms the task of whisking for at least 3 minutes.
I wish I could write that this was the best drink since the pumpkin spice latte release at Starbucks, but I wouldn’t go that far. The milk and sugar pulled some of the bitterness I dislike about instant coffee but the taste of it still remained. However, I ended up finishing my cup and my boyfriend finished his. It was good, but not great.
Make it Again:
Overall, even though it isn’t my favorite coffee drink I would make this one again. Possibly for a brunch when a lot of people are over because you could easily double or triple to serve many. A good sign that I would make it again is that I drank the whole cup. Which means: A) it tasted like coffee and the coffee blooded human that I am couldn’t help it and/or B) Even though I was unsure about it the whole time, I kept drinking it.
- 2 Tbsp. Instant Coffee (4 single serve Nescafe pouches)
- 2 Tbsp. Sugar (to taste)
- 2 Tbsp. Hot Water
Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and either hand whisk or use an electric mixer until the mixture has lightened and becomes foamy. This takes between 3-5 minutes.
Spoon on top of hot or cold milk.
Either start to sip while still separated or mix and drink up!