Dalgona Coffee

Curious to try a cold glass of whipped coffee called Dalgona coffee?

What is it?

It is simply a whipped drink made with equal parts of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water added to milk. You can whisk the mixture by hand or with a handheld mixer. It tastes like a bitter-sweet creamy latte to me. 

Its fame can be traced back to a Korean TV clip uploaded in late January 2020. The clip showed actor Jung II-Woo trying this drink in Macau. The black bitter-sweet coffee mixture turned into light brown like the sweet sugar Korean candy.

That candy is what South Koreans described as dalgona, which means honeycomb toffee.

Nick Hines, Food & Drink editor at Matador Network, wrote:

“Dalgona is a candy that became popular after the Korean War in the early 1950s, according to the South China Morning Post. Parents looking to make affordable sweets for their children heated sugar and water and then added baking soda. When the mixture cooled, it became an airy candy that’s sweet at first and slightly bitter toward the end.”

While this crazed coffee is pretty recent, the idea of whipped or beaten coffee isn’t new. It has its versions in countries like India and Pakistan called “pheta (beaten) coffee,” or Phenti Hui coffee (hand beaten coffee).

Dalgona Coffee

Servings: 2


  • 4 tbsp instant coffee
  • 4 tbsp white sugar
  • 4 tbsp hot water


  • Combine instant coffee, white sugar, and hot water in a large mixing bowl.
  • Using a hand mixer or by hand, whip the coffee mixture starting from low speed, and gradually increasing the speed to high. Keep whipping until it’s foamy and a soft peak forms.
  • Fill up a glass with ¾ up to 1 cup of cold milk and pour the whipped coffee on top of it. Mix well.