Dalgona Coffee

With huge outbreak of COVID-19 since early this year, people in Korea became crazy. Due to the social distancing policies and working from home have made Koreans bored, just bored to crazy enough to make this – ‘Dalgona Coffee’. The Coffee should look something like this.

This is how Wikipedia explains the Dalgona Coffee;

Dalgona coffee (Korean: 달고나커피) is a beverage made by whipping equal proportions of instant coffee powder, sugar, and hot water until it becomes creamy and then adding it to cold or hot milk.[2] Occasionally, it is topped with coffee powder, cocoa, crumbled biscuits, or honey.[3] It was popularized on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, when people refraining from going out started making videos of whipping the coffee at home, by hand without using electrical mixers.[4] The name is derived from dalgona, a Korean sugar sweet, due to the resemblance in taste and appearance, though most dalgona coffee doesn’t actually contain dalgona.”

Source: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalgona_coffee&gt;

The recipe of this Dalgona Coffee is very simple. This is how BBC introduces the recipe of this crazy coffee. (Source: <https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/dalonga_coffee_20606&gt;)


  • 2 tbsp instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp very hot water
  • 400ml/14fl oz milk


  1. Add the instant coffee, sugar and hot water to a medium mixing bowl. Using an electric hand-held mixer (please do remember this part!), whip the coffee mixture until it is light brown, fluffy and holds stiff peaks when the whisk is removed.
  2. Heat the milk, if desired, and divide between two heatproof glasses. Spoon dollops of the frothed coffee mixture on top and smooth out with a spoon. Serve.

Yeah, I know it is super simple. I, working from home at that time, got bored and decided to try out this recipe for my self. But the thing is that I did not have an ‘electric hand mixer’, and many Korean bloggers said, you can successfully make the Dalgona Coffee only by using your one arm 🙂 They also said – “Oh, you only need to stir it for 300- 400 times:)”. They fooled me. Yes they did.

This is how it looked after having to stir the whole ingredients for more than 400 times. There were no sign of ‘Dalgona’ even after more than 1000 stirs. I don’t know if this was because there was sth wrong with my coffee or something wrong with my sugar, but anyhow my final version of ‘Dalgona Coffee’ looked something like this!

My precious Dalgona all mixed together with milk lol. Everyone, this is what a failed Dalgona Coffee looks like. Ha-ha.

Anyways, sometime later Korean dairy company started selling Dalgona Coffee, freshly made in factory 😛

Much better than what I had created. For those of you who are currently residing in Korea, please do try to just buy Dalgona Coffee, and just happily drink it. You can buy it at your nearest convinience store or even in Coupang (which is Korean version of Amazon).

서울우유 달고나우유 300ml 1개 편스토랑 커피빈 달고나커피 라떼 커피우유

Anyways, this is how I failed to make a Dalgona Coffee, and for those of you who want to make this ‘creative’ coffee, I strongly recommend that you use an electric hand mixer. :):)

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