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.[3] Occasionally, it is topped with coffee powder, cocoa, crumbled biscuits, or honey.[4] 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.[5] 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.

Dalgona coffee
Homemade Dalgona Coffee.jpg
Homemade dalgona coffee
Country of originMacau [1], South Korea, India[2][disputed ]
IngredientsCoffee, sugar, water and milk
Korean name
Revised RomanizationDalgonakeopi
External video
Pyunstorang episode featuring Jung Il-woo presenting whipped coffee (in Korean)


The viral trend of sharing recipes and photos of the do-it-yourself (DIY) coffee first gained prominence during the social distancing orders in South Korea, and for that reason it is dubbed the 'quarantine drink' or 'quarantine coffee'.[5][6] The coining of the name is credited to the South Korean actor Jung Il-woo, who ordered a whipped coffee at an eatery in Macau during his appearance on a TV show called Stars' Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant (신상출시 편스토랑). He likened the taste to that of dalgona, a type of Korean honeycomb toffee.[7][8]

Under the hashtag #dalgonacoffeechallenge, homemade versions of dalgona coffee began spreading on South Korean YouTube channels before going viral on TikTok.[9][10] The spike in interest during the quarantine period has been attributed to the calming, ASMR-like effects of watching online DIY videos.[11][12] Although the beverage was popularized as a home-made version of beaten coffee, it is becoming a menu offering in many coffee shops in South Korea.[13]

The drink is also said to closely resemble the Indian beverage known as phenti hui coffee, phitti hui coffee, or beaten coffee.[14][15] The only difference is that when making phenti hui coffee, milk is poured on top of the whipped mix rather than spooning the whipped mix on top of the milk.

While most dalgona coffee doesn't actually contain dalgona, one South Korean cafe does combine dalgona with milk tea or coffee.[16] It is not possible to make dalgona coffee using ground coffee beans; instant coffee creates the dense and foamy topping and the reason for this has much to do with the drying process of the coffee granules.[17]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "400번을 저어 만든★수타 달고나 커피! 일우 눈이 번쩍! [신상출시 편스토랑/Stars Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant] 20200103". Youtube. 3 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Why S. Korea's Dalgona coffee trend should remind India of its food-diplomacy potential". ThePrint. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  3. ^ "Dalgona coffee". Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  4. ^ Baes, Patricia (27 March 2020). "What is dalgona coffee & why is it on everyone's instagram now?". MSN. Retrieved 4 April 2020. The drink itself has origins from Rajasthan(India) where it is also known as whipped coffee or beaten coffee
  5. ^ a b "S Korea's Dalgona coffee is the new quarantine fad". The Times of India. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  6. ^ Singer, Jenny. "Dalgona Coffee Is the Internet's Favorite, Fluffiest Quarantine Drink. Here's How to Make It". Glamour. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  7. ^ "400번을 저어 만든★수타 달고나 커피! 일우 눈이 번쩍! [신상출시 편스토랑/Stars Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant] 20200103". Youtube. 3 January 2020.
  8. ^ Navarra, Ruth L. (22 March 2020). "How to make the South Korean trend Dalgona Coffee". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 1 April 2020. The trend is credited to actor Jung Il-woo after appearing on the show “Pyunstorang.” He went to Macau where he was served with a handmade drink. Jung said it was delicious and reminded him of dalgona candy. He called it Macau Dalgona coffee.
  9. ^ Frishberg, Hannah (26 March 2020). "How to make whipped Dalgona coffee, TikTok's latest viral trend". New York Post. Retrieved 30 March 2020. The craze started percolating in late January, according to Google Trends, then gained traction near the end of February when a Korean YouTuber posted a now viral, ASMR-style video of how to make the creamy drink.
  10. ^ "Dalgona coffee: does the internet's new favourite drink actually work?". BBC Food. Retrieved 30 March 2020. That’s why, over the last few days, people have been sharing their attempts (especially on TikTok) at making Dalgona coffee.
  11. ^ Makalintal, Bettina (2020-03-20). "People All Over the World Are Making Frothy 'Dalgona' Coffee, Thanks to Quarantine". Vice. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  12. ^ Haasch, Palmer (3 April 2020). "Dalgona coffee is the whipped coffee drink that's everywhere on TikTok". Insider. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  13. ^ Vreeland, Vaughn (2020-04-14). "How to Make Whipped Coffee". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  14. ^ Gupta, Arunima (2020-04-05). "Why S. Korea's Dalgona coffee trend should remind India of its food-diplomacy potential". ThePrint. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  15. ^ Makalintal, Bettina (2020-04-15). "A Dive Into the Disputed History of 'Dalgona Coffee'". Vice. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  16. ^ "띵~ 할만큼 달아서… 코로나 두통이 날아가네". news.chosun.com (in Korean). 2020-03-10. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  17. ^ "Dalgona Coffee: The Latest Instant Coffee Trend From South Korea". Waka Coffee. Retrieved 2020-04-07.