Everyone’s making whipped iced coffee—here’s how to make it yourself
You can make this trendy coffee at home.
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As most of the world is on lockdown, and many shops are closed, we’ve been scrambling to get our home coffee brewing systems set up. Meanwhile, a creamy coffee drink named “dalgona” seems to have taken off—all of a sudden, everyone is whipping their coffee “400 times” to recreate this velvety coffee cream. But what is whipped coffee?
It has been around for a while—originating in India and Pakistan, this whipped coffee drink (phenti hui) is a household morning staple. Instead of the latest viral craze of topping milk with whipped coffee, it’s typically served as warm milk poured over coffee cream, which makes more sense as I found it difficult to drink it with stiff cream on top.
Taking it upon myself to find a good way to make this popular coffee drink, I explored different methods to make it with a variety of ingredients including espresso, drip coffee, matcha, and of course the classic instant coffee.
Instant coffee turned out the best, and there’s really no good substitute—drip coffee and espresso produced too much liquid unless you have the patience to boil the coffee down to a syrupy texture. (And keep in mind doing this brings a heat that tends to ruin the fresh coffee.)
If you’re looking for something refreshing and sweet, this trendy drink may be right for you. Curious about this popular whipped coffee? Here’s the best way to make it.
How to make whipped coffee (dalgona)
What You Need:
Step 1: Combine the ingredients
Combine the instant coffee, hot water, and sugar in 1:1:1 ratio. Lightly whisk the mix until every ingredient is well-incorporated. The mixture should resemble the texture of syrup.
Step 2: Whisk the mixture
Start whisking the mixture until foamy. If you’re using a whisk, vigorously beat the mixture until the color starts to turn from dark brown to light brown. If you’re using a hand blender, blend until the mixture has the consistency of whipped cream. Although many online tutorials have called for whisking 400 times, you may see the texture change within a minute or two. If you’re using a hand mixer or blender, you’ll get to the desired texture within a minute.
Step 3: Assemble the coffee drink
In the serving glass, add the measured ice. Then pour milk or any dairy drink of your choice on the ice. Use a baking spatula or a spoon, scoop the coffee mixture into the glass, gently layering it on top of the milk.
Step 4: Mix and enjoy!
Use a spoon to mix well. You can also add flavoring ingredients, like cocoa powder, in this step. Enjoy your dalgona!
If you’re not a huge fan of coffee, you can substitute the instant coffee with matcha powder. You can simply follow the instructions on how to make matcha, add a half teaspoon of sugar, and use one tablespoon of hot water as opposed to the amount mentioned in the instructions. Keep in mind that the matcha mixture will likely sink to the bottom when poured in the milk.
We recommend making this drink in the morning because the amount of instant coffee used in this recipe is equivalent to two cups of coffee, which may give you jitters.
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