Throwback: Sweet & cheeky Dalgona iced coffee

Friday, 31 May, 2024

By Ayanda Dlamini 

The Gen Z in me couldn’t resist, somehow I missed out on trying this style of coffee that rose to social media fame in 2020, I just had to try the Dalgona Coffee method for myself. And I have no regrets!

There are elements to this coffee that fascinate me. For one, the type of coffee that is required to make Dalgona coffee, brings me back to my humble beginnings - instant coffee. This started off as an experiment for me, and has turned into a road of nostalgia. Frisco Coffee, a once upon a time stable in my house growing up, this was my grandmother’s ride or die, her tried and true. Over time, it changed to Jacobs with my mom and dad’s influence, we all loved Jacobs Coffee. 

The other element of the Dalgona coffee method that drew me in, was the texture of the coffee. It’s what we are typically used to in cappuccino but in reverse. Dalgona coffee has a frothy texture for the “espresso” part of it and the milk isn’t stretched at all. It’s also typically enjoyed cold. So for those like me who find themselves fascinated by this method, by all means try this recipe at home to explore a possible new cheeky treat in your coffee repertoire.


  • Glass Cup of choice 
  • Aerolatte Milk frother - manual/whisk 
  • Sugar 
  • Instant coffee of choice 
  • Measuring spoon/regular spoon
  • Ice 


  • 15g/a heaped tablespoon of instant coffee
  • 10 - 15g of  sugar (you can adjust this depending on what suits you. 
  • 35ml of hot water (equivalent to a shot) 
  • 1 cup milk (any type, hot or cold, based on preference)
  • Ice cubes (optional, if making iced Dalgona coffee)

1.  Mix Coffee, Sugar, and Water 

In a glass/mug of your choice, combine the instant coffee, sugar, and hot water.

2. Whip the Mixture: 

Here I used an aerolatte milk frother, a whisk will work just as well - whip the mixture on high speed until it becomes light, frothy, and forms a thick consistency. This usually takes about 2-4 minutes with a hand mixer, or around 8-10 minutes by hand.

3. Prepare the Milk:

Fill a glass about three-quarters of the way with milk. Add ice cubes if you prefer an iced version like I did. 

4. Top with Coffee Froth:

Spoon the whipped coffee mixture on top of the milk. Use a spoon to swirl and create a decorative pattern if desired.

5. Serve and Enjoy:

Serve immediately. Stir the coffee froth into the milk before drinking for the best taste.  


  • Ensure the coffee, sugar, and water are in equal proportions to achieve the perfect frothy texture. If you struggle to achieve the consistency that you like, perhaps reduce the amount or water you are using. 
  • Use a deep bowl to avoid splatters while whipping.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar to taste if you prefer a less sweet coffee.

Enjoy your homemade Dalgona coffee!

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