Tips for Making Dalgona Coffee

If you use social media and follow any food accounts, you’ve no doubt seen the stream of Dalgona Coffee posts. It’s a recipe born out of self-quarantine where you combine equal parts 2 tablespoons of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water into a bowl and mix on high until the mixture becomes a creamy whip. Pour your milk of choice into a glass about 3/4 full and then top with your whipped coffee. Sounds simple enough right?

Well, it took me 3 tries to get it right so I thought it’d be useful to share a couple tips that got me to my final successful third cup.

Tips for a successful cup of Dalgona coffee
  • Use instant coffee crystals that are pure coffee only, like from Folgers or Starbucks. Do not use any mixes that are powdered or have any added sugar or cream. This was my big mistake because I was using instant coffee from 99 Ranch that was a “3 in 1” pouch with powdered cream already included. You will only achieve the whipped texture with straight coffee crystals. (Same goes for matcha).
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The first attempt…
  • It can take up to 15 minutes or more to get the whip. Most recipes and videos I saw cited 5 to 10 minutes to get the right texture so I began to worry when it was past 10 minutes and my mixture was still liquid. It can take up to 20 minutes, but it shouldn’t be longer than that.
  • Use an electric hand mixer. I first tried using my stand mixer but was only making enough for one cup, so the minimal amount of ingredients meant my stand mixer whisk wasn’t effectively mixing the liquid. You can also whisk by hand if you’re looking for an arm workout, but for 15+ minutes of mixing, the best route I recommend is the electric hand mixer.

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Have you tried making Dalgona coffee yet? How did yours come out?