Right now, many people are dealing with more downtime and boredom than they've experienced since before the digital age. Although that might get frustrating, it's also leading to a surge of creativity with home-bound activities. People are innovating with crafts, virtual workout classes, and now, DIY food trends. Specifically, coffee experiments.
It all began on TikTok. User Hannah Cho posted a video of herself whipping instant coffee into a fluffy, cloud-like concoction and serving it atop ice and milk, à la an inverted iced latte. The roughly 16-second video has now been viewed more than 11 million times and has garnered nearly two million likes. So what's all the fuss about?
The viral drink, which is called Dalgona Coffee, started in South Korea. It's made with instant coffee powder, water, granulated sugar, and milk. To make it, combine equal parts instant coffee, sugar, and water—about two tablespoons each—and whip until they form a fluffy texture. Here's the catch: If you hand-whip, which is the preferred choice of most at-home baristas, it'll take you about 20 minutes to reach peak creaminess.
Some might say spending 20 minutes crafting one (just one!) cup of joe is, in the simplest of terms, a waste of time. But think about it. We're all stuck at home. We have zero commute time, zero ways to get fancy fraps from Starbucks, and zero reasons not to try this right now. I think it's high time we all get a 'lil boujee with our morning coffee routines.
You can, of course, use hand mixer or a KitchenAid. That'll get you your cloud of coffee much faster. But sometimes it's fun to really work for your drink, don't you think? Plus, if you make this every day, maybe the one arm you use to whip will get super toned.
Once you've whisked—and whisked and whisked—your coffee-water-sugar mixture, grab a nice cup to hold your concoction. Bonus points go to fancy cocktail glasses, trendy iridescent mugs, or clear Irish coffee cups that'll give you the best view of the next step.
Grab your glass, add the desired amount of ice, pour in milk (any kind will do), and top it off with the whipped coffee. Stir it all up and watch the magic happen! You'll be left with a dreamy, creamy, fluffy coffee drink that's well worth the time and effort.