So, What The Heck Is Dalgona Coffee?

Have you heard of the new Internet craze lately on dalgona coffee? You may have come across the term, but have no stinking idea on what dalgona coffee is. In this article, we’ll explain what this new trend is, where it came from, and instructions on how to make yourself at home.

So, what is dalgona coffee and where did it come from?

Dalgona coffee is drink made by whipping coffee until it becomes creamy. From there, you can add into ice-cold milk to make a refreshing drink. The drink was made popular in a South Korean television show known as Pyunstorang. In the show, a South Korean actor by the name of Jung Il-woo visited Macau and was served the beverage. Then, the drink became a viral hit and has made appearances all over social media like YouTube channels, Facebook groups and on TikTok. Whipped coffee, however, is not a new trend.

Contrary to belief, whipped coffee has been around for years. Dalgona coffee is actually similar to a popular drink in India known as Phenti coffee, or beaten coffee.

How do you make dalgona coffee, phenti coffee, or beaten coffee?

Want to know how to make this deliciously frothy drink at home? Here’s the recipe! Let us know in the comments what you think.

Prep time and servings

Prep time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1 serving


2 tbsp (tablespoons) instant coffee
2 tbsp (tablespoons) granulated sugar
2 tbsp (tablespoons) boiling water
1 cup milk (almond milk, regular dairy milk, oat milk, soy milk)


  1. Add the ingredients (coffee, sugar and boiling water) in a bowl. Use a mixer or a whisk to whip the mixture. If you’re using a mixer, use one that has a high speed. (I recommend the KitchenAid 5-speed mixer if you can get your hands on it).
  2. Whip the entire mixture for about 2 to 5 minutes (until it foams up). By now, you should have the most incredible arm exercise you’ve ever experienced in your life if you are whisking it by hand. But trust me, it’ll be worth it! From here, scrape down the sides and whip any parts that didn’t get whipped.
  3. Taste and add more sugar as you’d wish. The mixture will dilute with the milk!
  4. Add the coffee to a tall glass (about 8 ounces/1 cup) of your milk of choice.
    1. Hint (for iced coffee): Add ice cubes, then the milk, then spoon the whipped coffee on top.
  5. Stir vigorously to swirl the frothy goodness into your milk.
  6. Enjoy your work of art!
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