Quick and Easy Dalgona Coffee: Master the Viral Trend at Home

Dalgona coffee became a viral sensation during the COVID-19 pandemic, popularized through social media platforms like Instagram (#dalgona).

Dalgona Coffee is a beverage with thick coffee foam placed on top of a glass of milk. It’s a reverse of the usual milk coffee where typically the coffee is the main drink with a topping of cream. Instead, Dalgona coffee is milk topped with coffee foam.

The term ‘Dalgona’ originates from a popular South Korean street candy called Dalgona or Ppopgi, which is a sweet sponge-like toffee popular in the 1970s, now resurfacing as a nostalgic treat.

Dalgona Candy / Ppopgi in South Korea
Korean Street Food – Dalgona Candy

Making Dalgona Coffee

The basic idea of Dalgona coffee is transforming a sugar and coffee solution into a frothy foam. The foam is created by mixing instant coffee powder, sugar, and hot water in equal proportions (1:1:1 ratio).

dalgona coffee ingredients

For this recipe, I used Nescafe Classic coffee powder because it dissolves perfectly in water, leaving no residues and creating a smooth, abundant foam.

nescafe classic
boiling the water

Methods to Create Frothy Coffee

1. Manual Method

There are several ways to manually create frothy coffee. Some people use a tea strainer, while others shake the mixture in a bottle for 3-8 minutes.

2. Using Appliances / Machines

The easiest technique to make Dalgona coffee is with a mixer. Using a mixer, you don’t need to stir the coffee-sugar solution for long; just mix for about 2-3 minutes.

Initially, I considered using a Tokebi hand blender with a foam blade, which is known for making foam easily. However, when I tried using it to whip up a 2-tablespoon coffee mixture, it didn’t expand much. Perhaps due to the small volume, the foam didn’t form well.

I then switched to using a regular mixer, which worked perfectly, quickly creating a firm and expanded coffee foam.

Adjust the foam’s thickness to your preference. Some people like it slightly runny, while others prefer a denser foam.

Once the foam is ready, prepare ¾ of a glass of UHT milk (add ice for an iced version or use hot water for a hot version) and top it with the coffee foam.

Tokebi hand blender with foam blade
dalgona coffe with tokebi
dolgana coffee with mixer
susu UHT salah satu bahan dalgona
UHT Milk. One of the ingredient

Simple Dalgona Coffee Recipe

Recipe by Hani
Learn to make Dalgona Coffee with this simple and quick recipe. Perfect for coffee enthusiasts looking to try the viral social media trend at home.
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :5 minutes
Total Time :1 hour 10 minutes
Course :Drinks
Cuisine :Korean


  • 2 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp boiling water
Milk Base:
  • Ice cubes (as needed)
  • UHT milk


  • Prepare a bowl or glass.
  • Combine the coffee powder, sugar, and boiling water. Stir well with a spoon.
  • Whip with a mixer at high speed for about 3 minutes until it thickens. Set aside.
  • Prepare a glass filled with ice cubes and fill it ¾ with UHT milk.
  • Top with the prepared coffee foam.
  • Serve chilled.



  • Choose the Right Coffee: Use a high-quality instant coffee powder that dissolves well. Avoid granulated coffee or coffee with creamer included, as these don’t foam as well.
  • Equal Ratios: Stick to the 1:1:1 ratio of coffee, sugar, and hot water for the best consistency. This balance is key to achieving the perfect foam.
  • Whipping Technique: If you’re whipping by hand, make sure to whisk vigorously to incorporate enough air into the coffee mixture. This can take a few minutes. A hand mixer or electric whisk can significantly
  • Consistency is Key: Whip the coffee mixture until it reaches a thick, creamy consistency. If it’s too liquid, it won’t float on top of the milk properly.
  • Milk Base Variations: You can use any kind of milk you like – dairy or plant-based. Cold milk with ice cubes makes for a refreshing summer drink, while warm milk is perfect for a cozy beverage.
  • Experiment with Flavors: Feel free to add vanilla extract, cinnamon, or cocoa powder to the coffee mixture for an extra flavor.
  • Layering: Gently spoon the whipped coffee over the milk to create a distinct layer. For a mixed drink, stir the coffee into the milk before drinking.
  • Serving Size: This recipe is quite strong in terms of coffee flavor and caffeine content. Adjust the proportions or the serving size according to your preference.
  • Storage: If you have leftover coffee foam, it can be stored in the refrigerator for a day. However, it’s best when fresh.
  • Presentation: Serve in a clear glass for a visually appealing presentation, showcasing the distinct layers of milk and coffee foam.
  • Hello, I'm Hani and I enjoy collecting recipes from various social media platforms. I've tried some of them on my blog. Hopefully, they can help mothers with cooking.