If you spend some time on social networks, mainly the trendy ones where you scroll one video after another for hours, you know what a dalgona is. The most fashionable whipped coffee made at home with instant coffee. This fun concoction has been around for a few years now, but it’s still everyone’s favorite homemade coffee specialty — it looks like those drinks made by professional baristas.
Let’s learn to make a Korean-style whipped dalgona coffee. You only need everyday ingredients and a few minutes in front of the TV, and really — this one’s as easy as coffee gets.
Dalgona is a foamy drink, and it gets its frothiness from whisking instant coffee, aka freeze-dried coffee, with sugar and warm water. Combine the coffee foam with your choice of milk or milk alternative and sweeten to taste; that’s it.
Why make dalgona coffee? Because it’s fun and a great way of fixing yourself a caffeinated drink to enjoy while watching Netflix series from start to finish. Making dalgona is also a fun group activity; you can compete to see who gets the most foam. Finally, the dalgona coffee is super Instagrammable, so you can show off your newly acquired skills on social media. This one’s one pretty coffee. Here are the ingredients needed to make a Korean-style whipped dalgona coffee.
To make this coffee specialty, you need instant coffee. And since this is the essential ingredient, ensure you use a premium kind, often labeled instant espresso. All instant coffee is freeze-dried coffee, and it’s super concentrated.
You’ll also need sugar, as it helps stabilize the foam and a splash of warm water. You’ll get at least an inch of foam by whipping the ingredients with a spoon. Spoon it over whole milk, sweeten it to taste with your favorite sweetener, and garnish your Korean style dalgona with cocoa powder. If you want yours to look just like in the picture above, sweeten the milk before topping it with coffee foam. That way, you can sip on it undisturbed.
In a bowl or mug, combine the instant coffee with the sugar and water and whisk until it’s incorporated and foamy, for around 5-8 minutes.
Stir the vanilla into the milk and sweeten to taste. Serve into a glass. Spoon the coffee foam over the milk.
Garnish with cocoa powder.