I’m not going to pretend I'm a world champion dalgona coffee maker. Frankly this viral hype surprises most of us that work in the coffee industry but, in my opinion, it is a good thing that people are seeking innovation when it comes to coffee beverages. I just wish it didn’t involve instant coffee!
What is Dalgona Coffee
That being said, the origins of the drink, if we can believe the Internet, came from a Korean actor, by the name of Jung Il-Woo. Jung II-Woo traveled to Macau, tried the drink, and gave it the nickname dalgona for its resemblance to the traditional Korean sponge candy of the same name.
The dalgona candy resembles the sponge toffee candy of the Western world, as they share the nice coffee-caramel colour, except the dalgona candy is not as fluffy (less baking soda was used). Though the Korean sponge toffee candy has no coffee in it, the coffee-caramel colour and the 2 tablespoons of sugar in the recipe is probably why Jung Il-Woo dubbed it dalgona coffee.
Deconstructed How to Make Dalgona
I don’t want to go into the geek science as to how dalgona coffee works but, basically, you are making a foam out of 2 tablespoons each of instant coffee, sugar, and water. You start by combining the ingredients and whipping like crazy. In Chinese, this drink is translated literally to 400 blows, which represents the number of strokes of the whisk it takes to make this drink. Finally, you pour the foamy consistency over milk on the rocks!
It sounds fun, but like one famous Youtube coffee celebrity said, we aren’t changing the taste of anything, only the texture, but it is a neat texture. If you like the foamy texture, and want something sugary, creamy and bursting with coffee flavour, I offer the following alternative, which I doubt will go viral like dalgona coffee, but I hope that you will try it to compare. I will call it Doggonit coffee? Social distancing coffee? Ghetto Frappuccino? Dirty cortado? Brown nasty? I don’t know, how about…
Canadian Dalgona Frappuccino Recipe
Recipe Version 1:
Make a whipped cream espresso foam: Combine 2 tbsp. of sugar with a double shot of brewed espresso coffee (not instant). Then, whip up 8 oz of whipping cream using a whisk, and gently fold it into the coffee mixture. Don’t over blend, rather, try to keep the texture of the whipped cream fluffy. I like the decadence and luxuriousness of whipped cream, so I would serve it straight up, but if you want a thinner, milkier drink, you can serve it over top of milk on the rocks (like the original recipe).
Recipe Version 2:
For a lower fat version, for all the millennials out there who didn’t get to see the Bamix Immersion Blender Stick infomercials, use the magic emulsifier plastic disc which allows you to “MAKE WHIPPED CREAM OUT OF SKIM MILK! That's right! WHIPPED CREAM OUT OF SKIM MILK! Impress your family! Make your neighbours jealous! Simply put on the emulsifier disc, and turn low fat skim milk into a healthy, delicious, nutritious dessert parfait! Just add fresh fruit! Mmmmmmmmm” (cut to a shot of kids wolfing down the dessert).
Recipe Version 3:
Or, if you want to be a badass, whip the cream in a whipped cream maker. You can add the sweet coffee-whipped topping to cakes, hot chocolate, hell, even your cereal.
Recipe Version 4:
If you don’t have a whisk, you can also whip the cream by shaking it in a jar (Youtube it). If you don’t have an espresso machine, I guess instant coffee is better than nothing; but try something that tastes better (in my opinion) like Sudden instant coffee.
So, to summarize, coffee foam is good. Made with good coffee, it’s even better. Cheers!
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