Have you tried this beautiful Dalgona Coffee? It’s also known as frothy coffee or foamy coffee. Easily made vegan, Dalgona Coffee uses instant coffee powder, sugar and hot water in a 1:1:1 ratio whipped up with electric beaters or by hand. You might not believe your eyes when this dark brown liquid turns into a golden cream. Add ice and milk to your cup first and drop the whipped instant coffee mix on top. Stir it in before you drink it though – that coffee foam is too strong on it’s own.
Video tutorial for Vegan Dalgona Coffee
Watch the video to see the gorgeous transformation of dark brown coffee into beautiful golden cream.
My first time with Dalgona Coffee
I was introduced to Dalgona Coffee (AKA Frothy Coffee) by the YouTube algorithm sneaking it into my recommended. I watched this one video by Nino’s Home then immediately got off the couch and into my cupboards. I only had instant espresso so I used a bit less coffee powder in the ratio. It still turned out beautifully.
The flavour was a sweet iced latte. More sweet than I would normally make my coffee but it was delicious.
After that, I knew I had to try it with regular instant coffee and share it here too. Well, actually I used decaf instant coffee because the 1 to 1 to 1 ratio of this recipe makes a fairly strong cup.
Or rather, when you add enough whipped coffee foam to your cup in order to make it pretty and instagrammable, the drink ends up fairly strong. In all honesty, I’ll mix in some of the coffee, drink it, then add more plant-based milk for the rest.
Since I first watched Frothy Coffee At Home by Nino’s Home, I have seen countless others. It seems that this is a big trend in Korea already! It’s old news by now!
How to make Dalgona Coffee
To make the sweet whipped coffee foam, you will need instant coffee powder, sugar and hot water. Actually, I’m not entirely sure the water needs to be hot but it will help dissolve the sugar easily. As for the coffee powder, regular or decaf will work. Do not use ground coffee beans; they are not the same. Other powders like cocoa might work too but as of this moment, I haven’t tried them myself. UPDATE 28/03/20: Plain cocoa powder does not work. Also, you’ll need a whisk or, more ideally, an electric whisk/beater.
The ratio of ingredients is 1 part coffee powder, 1 part sugar and 1 part water. So for one order of Dalgona Coffee, I’d use:
- 2 Tablespoons instant coffee, regular or decaf
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 Tablespoons hot water
I find it’s much easier to whip up two servings rather than one with my electric beaters so in the video, I used 4 Tablespoons instant coffee, 4 Tablespoons of granulated sugar and 4 Tablespoons of hot water.
If you’re using instant espresso powder, you can use 1/2 part coffee powder, 1 sugar and 1 hot water. So for one order, use 1 Tablespoon instant espresso, 2 Tablespoon sugar and 2 Tablespoon hot water.
Just mix the three ingredients and let your beaters get to work. Start on a lower speed setting at first so dark brown coffee doesn’t go splashing everywhere. Then as you continue, the liquid will thicken, turning to a syrupy consistency.
It will get thicker and thicker until finally it turns a golden brown colour. To make a really lovely lightweight foam that will float, keep whipping until the mixture holds its peaks when you pull out the beaters. It will resemble stiff peaks.
To assemble your drink, add ice (optional) if you like to your glass and fill it with the milk of your choice. I love using soy milk in everything but I think oat milk would also be really lovely.
The ratio of coffee foam to milk is up to you really. I would fill up a glass almost up to the top, leaving just an inch or less at the top for the coffee foam. And as I mentioned before, even this makes a strong and very sweet coffee. So make adjustments as you stir in the coffee and taste it.
How does this “Frothy Coffee” taste?
Made with just coffee, sugar, water and milk, Dalgona Coffee tastes just like a lovely iced latte to me. It’s sweeter than I’d normally have a coffee drink but it is delicious. So while I wouldn’t have this on the regular, it’s fun and maybe something to try while we’re all looking for some pleasant
Have you tried Dalgona Coffee before? What did you think?
Printable recipe for Vegan Dalgona Coffee
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- 4 tablespoons instant coffee, regular or decaf (for instant espresso use only 2 tablespoons)
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons hot water
- 3 to 4 cups plant-based milk
- In a mixing bowl, combine first three ingredients: instant coffee powder, sugar and hot water. Using a whisk, or ideally electric whisk/beaters, mix several minutes. The liquid will slowly thicken, turning from dark brown to a light golden brown. Stop when the texture resembles stiff peaks.
- Add ice to 2 to 4 glasses (optional). Fill with your choice of plant-based milk. Spoon the coffee foam on top of each glass.
- Stir to combine the coffee foam and milk before drinking. Enjoy!
- DO NOT USE GROUND COFFEE BEANS FOR THIS RECIPE. USE ONLY INSTANT COFFEE (regular, decaf or espresso varieties of instant coffee)