Dalgona Coffee + Whipped Matcha! The whipped coffee sensation that is all over the internet! Dalgona coffee is the whipped coffee and I also made a whipped matcha version! They are both so good!
You may have seen it on Instagram, YouTube or even TikTok. Dalgona Coffee is a creamy, two-toned coffee drink that is made up of instant coffee, sugar and hot water that is then whipped together and placed over milk.
Dalgona Coffee “first gained prominence in South Korea in January, after the actor Jung Il-woo tried it in Macau for “Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant,” tried it on a popular television show. On the show, he said it reminded him of a South Korean honeycomb toffee confection called dalgona, giving it its name — and some traction. After the show aired, the drink went viral in South Korea, and has become a staple menu item in a number of coffee shops there.”
The beauty and craze of Dalgona Coffee now is the fact that we are all at home, social distancing, not able to go to our favorite coffee shops for coffee. We’re also all staying at home and the fact that this whipped coffee drink is so extremely easy to make, makes it even better. Dalgona matcha. A match made in heaven.
WHIPPED COFFEE TIPS
Instant coffee: I highly recommend using instant coffee for this. Can you use espresso powder? Yes, you can but instant coffee is cheaper so I would suggest you simply use instant coffee for this coffee recipe. I purchased Folger’s Instant Coffee myself. If you’re Korean, and at home with your parents, you are sure to have some Folger’s. Any instant coffee brand will work.
Sugar: you can use white granulated sugar and coconut sugar. I haven’t tried this with brown sugar. Two tablespoons seems like too much? You can reduce to 1 1/2 tablespoons if you’d like. If you’re worried about the sugar, I say use coconut sugar. It’s still sugar but not as processed. It’s healthier than refined sugar but again, it’s still sugar.
Use hot water: like boil some water and use that. Don’t use cold water. Can you whip by hand with a whisk? Yes! Will it be an arm workout? Yes it will. See my highlights on Instagram where I show the step by step process. If you have an electric hand mixer, use that.
WHIPPED MATCHA (a.k.a. Dalgona Matcha)
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I love matcha. I buy the culinary grade from Kiss Me Organics from Amazon. I also just purchased this brand and love it. If you don’t know the health benefits, they are: all day energy, metabolism boost, increased focus and improves your skin health. Now, I’m sure you gain the benefits from matcha more by drinking it straight up in tea form but adding matcha to your smoothies, lattes or using it in baking doesn’t hurt either.
Watch this video from YouTube (if you are a visual learner) to see her version of the whipped matcha. She makes more simple syrup. I don’t think you need this much so my recipe makes less.
SPIKED DALGONA COFFEE
Spiked Dalgona Coffee! The whipped coffee sensation that is all over the internet plus a kick! This is intended for adults only. Please drink responsibly.
Since we are in the middle of a pandemic and everyone is quarantined at home, I thought this spiked version was fitting. If you’ve ever had a coffee liqueur drink, this was inspired by one of those. Nothing wrong with adding a little something to your drink. Please drink responsibly.
ADULT/SPIKED DALGONA COFFEE: Follow the same instructions below but use decaf instant coffee (if drinking and making this at night) and add a splash or 2 of bourbon, dark rum, kahlua, or Irish Whisky to your milk. Mix in the whipped coffee and enjoy your spiked dalgona coffee!
Dalgona Coffee + Whipped Matcha
- Electric hand mixer
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee
- 2 tablespoons sugar* white granulated or coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons hot water boiling hot water
- ice cubes
- milk of your choice
- 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 large egg whites**
- 3 teaspoons matcha
- ice cubes
- milk of your choice
For the Dalgona Coffee
- Using a large mixing bowl, combine the instant coffee, sugar and hot water. You can either whisk everything together by hand, or use an electric hand mixer. Whisk until all of the ingredients are combined and continue whisking until it develops into a creamy, glossy caramel color and can form soft peaks. If whipping by hand with a whisk, this could take a good 5 to 8 minutes depending on how fast you are whipping.
- This recipe makes one coffee drink. Place some ice cubes into your desired glass. Pour in your milk of choice and top with the whipped coffee. Feel free to sprinkle on some cocoa powder if desired, stir together and enjoy!
For the Whipped Matcha
- Make simple syrup: Bring the sugar and the water to a boil over medium to medium-low heat. Stir until all of the sugar is fully dissolved. Lower the heat to low and let sit there for a minute or two, and then turn off the heat.
- Using an electric hand mixer (you can whisk by hand but will have to do so pretty vigorously if you do this by hand with a whisk), beat the egg whites until they get frothy. With the electric hand mixer still going, slowly pour in the simple syrup and keep whipping until the eggs start to turn white and form soft peaks.
- Add in the matcha powder and continue to whip on high until all of the matcha is combined (I also used a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl to incorporate everything) and everything is smooth and creamy. Be careful not to over whip or everything will get runny.
- Place some ice cubes into your desired glass. Pour in your milk of choice (I love oat milk with this) and top with the whipped matcha. Feel free to sprinkle on some matcha powder if desired, stir together and enjoy! I think this was enough whipped matcha for two drinks.
NOT INTO THE EGG WHITES?
Here are some tips and variations.
In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with whipping up 2 egg whites to make the whipped matcha. In order for this to become a concern, you’d have to consume a large amount of raw eggs over a long period of time.
But I am not a medical doctor so here are some options:
- Buy pasteurized eggs like these. Back in Madison, Wisconsin, my local grocery store sold these.
- Coconut cream: Instead of whipping up egg whites, whip together coconut cream. If using coconut milk, make sure you are using full fat coconut milk and leave it in your refrigerator so the cream and the liquid separate. You then simply scoop out the coconut cream that has risen to the top and use that. When you blend coconut cream and a little sugar, using a high powered electric hand, or stand, mixer you can make whipped coconut cream. Watch this video on YouTube.
- Aquafaba: What is aquafaba? The liquid leftover from cooked chickpeas. Minimalist baker has a great post explaining what it is and how to use it. You can also make whipped matcha using this. Click here to get Simply Quinoa’s recipe.