Dalgona (Whipped) Coffee

September 29: International Coffee Day

While many people were shuttered at home during the coronavirus crisis this past spring, social isolation led many to rely on social media. Even though we personally do not use Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc., we still had the Internet, TV and “old-fashioned” newspapers to update us on the pandemic. For an upbeat diversion from a depressing situation, we saw a coffee recipe go “viral” from South Korea. They call it “Dalgona coffee” after a popular candy there, but in other countries it is known as whipped coffee or a reversed cappuccino. Since people had more time to whip up the coffee topping during isolation, this recipe was a trendy distraction. We tried whisking it by hand at first but did not have the patience (and Islander suffers from shoulder rotator cuff tendonitis). So we cheated by using our handy mini frother stick. It still took several minutes to get a thicker consistency and caramel color, but we had time to spare to make this “coronavirus-time” coffee recipe. As the world resets and rides out this health situation, we have prayed that “this too shall pass”. Meanwhile, take the time to enjoy and whip up a cup or two of Dalgona coffee on International Coffee Day.


(Adapted from Today)


  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee (we used Kona coffee crystals)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, white granulated
  • 1 tablespoon boiled/hot water
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup milk (cow, nut or soy)


In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the coffee, sugar and boiled/hot water.

Mix or whisk for several minutes until the color lightens and the consistency thickens. In a clear coffee mug, combine a few ice cubes and milk of choice. Use a spatula to scrape the coffee topping on top. Serve as is with a long handled spoon to mix. Enjoy cold.


  • The coffee topping is concentrated so mix it into the iced milk to blend the flavors. It is not so sweet but is a delightful drink.
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