Dalgona coffee is the newest coffee craze.

Named after a South Korean honeycomb candy with a spongy texture and a similar list of ingredients, it’s pillowy, like the candy.

It went viral in the U.S. last month when a TikTok user posted some how-to videos.

You can now find photos of it on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube.

You can read about it on CNET, MarketWatch, and other news sources.

So: What is Dalgoba coffee?

The recipe is a mixture of equal parts instant coffee or instant espresso, sugar and hot water. The mixture is beaten until it reaches a creamy peanut butter-like consistency.

Finally, it’s spooned over a glass of milk on the rocks. You can also make a hot version.

Dalgoba coffee is also called whipped coffee. Some people have called it a reverse latte: plain milk on the bottom and whipped coffee on top.

This recipe is for a cold drink. To serve it hot, heat the milk (we do 2:30 – 2:45 minutes in the microwave) and omit the ice cubes.

You can order instant espresso powder online from DeLallo. The powder has numerous other uses, below.

Ingredients Per Glass

  • 2 tablespoons DeLallo Instant Espresso Coffee
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • Ice
  • Optional garnish: cinnamon, cocoa powder, mini chocolate chips, shaved or ground chocolate,

    1. COMBINE the instant espresso, sugar and boiling water in a mixing bowl.

    2. USING a hand or stand mixer, whip the mixture until it becomes light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. You can use a wire whisk, but it’s quite a workout.

    3. POUR pour the milk over ice in a tall drinking glass. Add the whipped coffee to the glass. Garnish as desired.

    4. SERVE. Some people like to eat the topping with a spoon; others like to mix the top with the milk into a frothy drink.


    [1] Dalgoba coffee: frothy whipped coffee over plain milk (photo © DeLallo)

    [2] Get the instant espresso powder here.

    [3] Spoon straws combine a spoon and a straw, for frozen drinks, milkshake, smoothies and more. Get them on Amazon.



    Instant espresso powder is brewed espresso that is then dried and processed into granules. It easily dissolves in liquids and mixes into baking and other recipes (see ideas below).

    In baked goods and most other recipes, it adds flavor without leaving a coffee taste.

    NOTE: Don’t substitute instant coffee for espresso powder. The espresso powder is a stronger, richer and more concentrated.


  • Baked Goods: Use 3/4 teaspoon to enhance the chocolate flavor of many chocolate desserts (use more, for a mocha flavor).
  • Barbecue Sauce/Steak Sauce: Add espresso powder to homemade barbecue and steak sauces to amp up their savory flavors (recipe).
  • Braises, chili and stews: Espresso powder to adds richness and depth (recipe).
  • Drinks: Add it to cocktails, hot chocolate, and smoothies, to provide a strong coffee flavor without watering them down with brewed coffee (recipe).
  • Desserts: Use it as a finishing spice to sprinkle over desserts, lemon sorbet (really!) (recipe).
  • Dry Rubs: Adding espresso powder to your dry rubs and spice blends adds a depth of flavor—a complex, slightly smoky note that you wouldn’t know was coffee (recipe).
  • Energy Bites: Make these no-bake date-and-nut nut energy bites (recipe).
  • Nuts: Toss the powder with toasted nuts or homemade granolas (recipe).
  • Oatmeal: Mix it into stovetop oatmeal, as it cooks.
  • Salad Dressing: Adding espresso powder to your salad dressings and vinaigrettes gives them an extra pop of flavor. Or, you can lightly sprinkle the powder over salads (recipe).
  • Steak: Season steaks for a slightly smoky flavor (recipe).


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