It’s basically impossible to scroll through Instagram right now without coming across posts of people making “fluffy coffee.” Also known as Dalgona coffee, the drink looks like a latte made by a professional barista, but it’s surprisingly easy to whip up yourself. All it takes is four ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. 

To make fluffy coffee, mix equal parts instant coffee, sugar and hot water into a big bowl and whisk until it gets fluffy. Count this as your workout for the day – or use an electric hand mixer if you have one. Once the mixture starts to form stiff peaks, place it on top of hot or cold milk (dairy or non-dairy) and viola: fluffy coffee. 

While the western world is only catching on to the trendy drink now thanks, in part, to a viral TikTok video, it’s not exactly new to those in the eastern hemisphere. The drink has origins in India, Pakistan and Macau, where it is known as whipped or beaten coffee. However, its popularity surged after appearing on a Korean TV show called Pyunstorang in January. In the show, actor Jung Il-woo travels to Macau to try the drink and gives it the name dalgona for its resemblance to a traditional Korean street food with the same name

So why is everyone so obsessed with the fluffy drink? Well, first of all, it’s highly Instagrammable. Plus, with everyone self-isolating at home, there is a lot more time to spend upgrading our barista skills. Trust us, spending a solid chunk of time hand-whisking coffee will take your mind off of things. Plus we could all use a treat right now. 


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