What is Dalgona coffee and why is it all over Instagram?

The latest quarantine caffeine fix everyone’s obsessed with
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What is Dalgona coffee and why is it all over Instagram?

If you’ve been on any social media platform in the past couple of months, you would have, without a doubt, witnessed an image of Dalgona coffee or a video clip of someone preparing it, if not a variation of the same.

Where did it come from? Dalgona is a famous Korean street snack. It’s a nostalgic sweet sponge candy (similar to pancakes) which was made popular in the '70s.

Surprisingly, the Dalgona inspired drink never existed two months ago. The sweet had only recently been recreated in the form of whipped coffee in January 2020 for an episode on the Korean show, Stars, where actor Jung Il-woo sipped on the frothy beverage and mentioned how it reminded him of the snack. Not long after, the Dalgona coffee trend was born.

It has currently taken social media by a storm and reached the top of the charts as the most searched coffee according to Google Trends. Just FYI, it’s almost as frequently searched as the infamous quarantine snack, banana bread. Gasp!


Celebrities like Lizzo and Huda Kattan have also succumed to the trend and attempted to whip up the coffee themselves – some more successfully than others. Lizzo tried to use a hand-mixer instead of an electric-mixer and shared with her audience on TikTok 'how not to make Dalgona coffee'.

It's no wonder why coffee sales have skyrocketed through the roof and our local grocery stores have been running excessively low in stock during this quarantine, WFH situation. Is everyone making Dalgona coffee?

Photos: Instagram