Good morning, sunshine! Let's perk up your morning routine with a trendy, fluffy coffee that's easy to make and twice as delicious. Say hello to Dalgona coffee, the latest craze in coffee circles worldwide.
What Is Dalgona Coffee?
It's a three-ingredient whipped coffee that originated in South Korea and has taken the Internet by storm. It's like an inverted latte: instead of steamed milk floating on a shot of espresso, you have a sweet, velvety cloud of coffee foam topping chilled milk.
The drink is named after a Korean candy called dalgona, which is made of honey, sugar, and baking soda. It's meant to resemble the dalgona candy in flavor and texture, hence the name.
It's a beautifully mesmerizing two-toned drink that will take your coffee indulgence to new heights. It's sweet, frothy, and pretty much impossible to resist.
Dalgona Coffee Recipe
- 2 tablespoons of medium roasted coffee grounds (or instant coffee)
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of hot water
- 180ml -200ml of cold milk of your choice
- In a bowl, mix the coffee grounds, sugar, and hot water until you have a thick paste.
- Using an electric hand mixer, or an electric handheld milk frother, whip the mixture until the mixture turns caramel-colored and silky, and fluffy. Keep whipping until stiff peaks form - this should take around 2-3 minutes.
- Pour the chilled milk in a tall glass to about 3/4 full, leaving enough space for the dalgona foam.
- Spoon a generous dollop of the whipped coffee on top of the milk. You can use a spatula, a piping bag, or a spoon to shape the foam into a pretty cloud or swirl pattern for an added visual flair.
(Note: you can do this by hand with a whisk, but it will take longer, about 5 minutes, and require more elbow grease than if you use an electric mixer or blender).
Dagona Coffee FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help you making a perfect dalgona coffee cup:
What are different dalgona shapes?
The possibilities are endless and you can have a lot of fun experimenting with shapes. Just make sure that whatever shape you choose, you pour the dalgona coffee mixture with enough height to create a nice texture.
You can also experiment with different types of utensils like whisks, ice-cream scoop, or different spoons to get different dalgona shapes.
- The shape of a spiral (umbrella)
- The shape of a star (Christmas tree)
- The shape of a flower (daisy)
- The shape of a heart (love)
- The shape of clouds (sky)
- The shape of a wave (ocean).
- The shape of mountains (triangle)
What makes Dalgona coffee fluffy?
The secret to the fluffiness of dalgona coffee is in the beating. The longer you beat it, the more air bubbles will be trapped in the mixture, resulting in a lighter and airier foam.
The sugar also helps to give dalgona coffee its light and fluffy texture. Sugar helps to incorporate air into the mixture, which results in a light, velvety foam.
Why isn't my whipped coffee getting fluffy?
If your dalgona coffee isn't getting as fluffy as you'd like, try increasing the water or sugar slightly.
Also, make sure that you're using an electric mixer or handheld frother to get the proper air bubbles into the dalgona coffee.
The manual whisking method will take longer and may not yield the same light and airy foam as the electric mixer or frother.
Finally, make sure you're whipping the dalgona coffee for at least 5 minutes (with the manual whisk). Any less than that and it won't be as light and aerated as you'd like.
What to do if your dalgona coffee is too watery?
If the dalgona coffee is too watery, try adding a bit more sugar or coffee grounds to help thicken it up. You can also try using an electric mixer or frother to incorporate more air into the mixture.
If all else fails, you can spoon some of the dalgona coffee onto the top of the milk, and leave out any extra liquid. This will give you a thicker dalgona foam that isn't too watery.
Can you make dalgona with regular coffee?
Yes, you can make dalgona with regular coffee. You can use medium-ground coffee beans that have been freshly brewed and chilled or instant coffee powder.
Just make sure that you use the same ratio of ingredients - two tablespoons each of coffee, sugar and hot water for every 180ml of milk.
Tips & Tricks
- You can also play around with the flavors and variations (matcha, eggs, chocolate, caramel, tumeric...) of dalgona coffee.
- You can add a pinch of salt or cinnamon, vanilla extract or peppermint syrup; whichever complements your drink best to the coffee mixture for an extra kick.
- You can use different types of milk, such as whole milk, almond milk, or oat milk, for a vegan and lactose-free option.
- You can also sprinkle some chocolate shavings or cocoa powder on top of the foam for a decadent touch.
Now that you know how to make dalgona coffee, treat yourself with this fancy and fun beverage. It's like a mini vacation in a glass, a caffeinated cloud of joy that will brighten up your mornings and afternoons.
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Whip it up, and cheers to a delicious drink!