UTS Food Society's DIY Dalgona Coffee

Your guide to making this delicious trend with Food Appreciation Society!

Want a fun distraction while studying from home? Need something to keep you going through those online tutorials? If you've been even a little bit online during the past few weeks - and we know you have! Chances are you've seen the whipped, glossy peaks of Dalgona coffee somewhere on your socials feed.

Dalgona Coffee, originally comes from India where they call it beaten coffee - the only difference is they pour the milk on top of the coffee instead of the other way around. The current trend, however, gained momentum in South Korea - where a Youtube star saw its resemblance to Korean street toffee Dalgona and posted a how-to online. This went viral and spread across the world as more people staying home in the face of the pandemic, went looking for their usual barista coffee fix in isolation.

Dalgona coffee is essentially cappuccino turned upside down, with the creamy, meringue like coffee on top and the milk underneath. It only requires three ingredients to make, instant coffee, sugar and water and you can have it hot or cold. The hardest part really is getting your insta picture just right!

Want a challenge? Instead of an electric mixer (or even a simple whisk), whisk the coffee mixture exactly 400 times with a fork. Yes, you read that right - a fork. You have all the time in the world now right? Get those biceps working - and earn this fluffy coffee!

Here's what you need:

  • 2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 400ml milk*
  • Ice (Optional)
  • A pinch of cinnamon (Optional)


  1. Add the instant coffee, white sugar and hot water into a small bowl and mix with a spoon until combined. (Add the pinch of cinnamon now if you want a flavoursome kick. Our President recommends it!)
  2. Whip the coffee mixture with a whisk or a hand-held electric mixer (if you’re feeling lazy) on high speed until the mixture is light brown and fluffy - the consistency of whipped cream. (You know the texture is right when you can hold the bowl upside down above your head.)

  3. If you’re having it hot, heat the milk, and divide between two heatproof glasses. Otherwise add ice to your glasses and top with cold milk - leaving a 2-3cm gap from the top for the foam.
  4. Spoon dollops of the whipped coffee foam on top, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve. (Don’t forget to take photos so your friends know you're surviving quarantine in style).

If you’re in love with anything food - you’ll fit right in at the UTS Food Appreciation Society (UTS Food Soc). We aim to create a social, cultural, and educational experience through the sharing and appreciation of food. So follow us on Facebook and Instagram @UTS.FoodSoc and tag us in your ISO creations. We’d love to see you whip up this coffee with us or send through your variation - maybe you can do this better?