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At this point you probably know what Dalgona coffee is even if you don’t recognize the name. It’s the frothy or whipped coffee you see everyone on Instagram topping their drinks with.

When I first saw it I wasn’t all that interested. While it looked cool, kind of like a coffee milk shake, as an espresso drinker it didn’t seem to really be my style.

After coming across what felt like my 1,000th video of it, I caved. I needed to know how to make it, and to learn what all the fuss was about. And now you can too.

I went on a quick trip to pick up instant coffee, sugar, milk, and I was all set.

For those that care, I used Chobani Oat Milk for this, which made it into a vegan recipe. Do people still drink regular milk nowadays? If you do, regular milk is a fine ingredient.

Anyway, here’s how it went down.

dalgona coffee ingredients

Only 3 ingredients needed!

3 ingredients and a mixing bowl. Pretty much all you need (plus some ice).

instant coffee measure

Add ground coffee to a bowl

For each serving you want about 1/3 tablespoon. I was making 2 servings so I used 2/3.

sugar measure

Sprinkle equal parts sugar

On top of that, add an equal part sugar. Yes, it sounds like a lot of sugar, and it is! I did mention this was more like a milkshake than a regular coffee, and sugar helps explain why.

water measure

Add equal parts water

After adding an equal part water this is what it should look like. Time for the hard work, mixing.

whipping gif

Mix it up

You’ve really got to get in there and whip it. Put some elbow grease in. This part of the process should take about 3 to 4 minutes, depending on how fast you can go. The end result is worth the effort.

whipped after coffee

Starting to Consolidate

You’ll see the ingredients starting to thicken and take shape.

done whipping

Perfectly Whipped!

You’ll know you are done when the mixture is thick enough to show the bottom of the bowl.

coffee topped over ice

Finished Dalgona coffee

With the hard work done, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of labor. Take out a glass, fill it with ice, then a bit of milk, and top it with the whipped coffee mixture.

coffee unmixed

It won’t combine right away, but will sit quite photogenically on top of the milk and ice.

finished dalgona coffee

The last step, add a straw to stir, and combine. You’ll see it slowly start to come together and develop a deep rich coffee color.

dalgona coffee

Iced Goodness!

Now ready to enjoy, notice how it tastes almost like a sweet coffee milkshake.

Overall aside from a few minutes of heavy whipping this is pretty easy iced coffee to make. It’s also a drink that will definitely impress the coffee lovers in your life, so maybe save it for a special occasion or brunch party.

While the dalgona coffee might not be your everyday coffee, it’s a real treat to keep this recipe in your back pocket for the perfect time.

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