Dalgona Coffee: The Latest Instant Coffee Trend From South Korea


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Dalgona Coffee: The Latest Instant Coffee Trend From South Korea

This South Korean coffee is taking social media by a storm. Ready to impress your followers as well? Make your instant Dalgona Coffee now.

Dalgona coffee is a frothy coffee recipe known as whipped coffee in various places such as India, Pakistan and Macaou, but South Korea gave it its unique new nickname. The reason behind the name is its resemblance to the look of the South Korean old school toffee candy, dalgona (US readers - think of honeycomb).

the best instant coffee for dalgona coffee

Made with sugar and baking soda, dalgona is still sold on the street in tourist areas in South Korea. The lollipop-like sweets come with different shapes imprinted on them. We have been told that if you succeed in eating around the shape without breaking it, the street sellers will give you another one for free.

The trend of making dalogna coffee has become popular while people stay at home amid the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, global pandemic. The recipe is a way to keep individuals entertained at home when coffee shops around the world are closed.

Dalgona coffee is made with equal parts of instant coffee, sugar and water that are whipped to sit atop a glass of milk like a tall, foamy hat! This iced coffee is the latest trendy drink that might even rival latte art on social media this year.

easy video recipe for dalgona coffee

Dalgona coffee is not something entirely new, but it is a fast growing trend in the coffee world. This way of drinking coffee is similar to espresso with crema on top. Crema holds volume, which gives the overall beverage a velvety finish due to the foam texture. Crema also adds more sensory detail to coffee, helping some forget the bitterness that can come from some types of coffee beans.

The key component to making this drink is the instant coffee. It’s the magic from instant coffee that creates this dense and foamy topping, which has a lot to do with the drying process of the coffee granules. A common technique that is similar to dalgona coffee is beaten coffee. It involves incorporating air into a paste of instant coffee and sugar until thick and frothy mix evolves. 

Dalgona Coffee Recipe

To make the perfect dalgona coffee you need to maintain a 1:1:1 ratio of instant coffee, sugar and hot water (we used two tbsp from each). Then, everything is whipped into a creamy, caramel-like mixture.



  1. Combine instant coffee, coconut sugar and hot water in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Using a hand mixer, beat the mixture for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the color turns golden brown and the mixture takes on a thick consistency.
  3. Pour the coconut milk into a tall glass with a few ice cubes.
  4. Slowly pour the mixture on top of the milk and mix.

Easy Dalgona Coffee Recipe


Currently, there are already thousands of posts hashtagged #달고나커피 (#dalgonacoffee) on social media, and the most popular YouTube videos with this coffee recipe have surpassed millions of views! You can be part of this trend and try making this at home for yourself! Make sure to also tag @wakacoffee to show us your creation. 

Get your perfect instant coffee for dalgona coffee here.

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