Why I Will Never Make Dalgona Coffee Ever Again

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Hubby and I may also be called the caffeinated couple. We love our coffee, albeit in different ways. But it’s almost always dark colored in our coffee mugs. Then came this new Korean coffee trend. People make Dalgona coffee so I just want to try what this craziness is all about. And it’s a good way to beat the boredom during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) for Covid-19. But is it worth it? Find out why I will never make Dalgona coffee ever again.

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Using the hand mixer, took me about 2 minutes to make Dalgona coffee.

How to Make Dalgona Coffee

So before I will tell you why I will never make Dalgona coffee ever again, I will tell you how to make it first.

There are three basic ingredients to make Dalgona coffee. These are coffee power, granulated sugar, and very hot water (close to boiling). Ratio is 1:1:1 for all the three ingredients. If you don’t have an electric mixer, you will need a whisk and lots of arm power. You just mix everything and beat or whisk as much as you can until the mixture becomes thick and frothy.

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Coffee, sugar, and very hot water – the three main ingredients to make Dalgona coffee.

For those who have a hand mixer, just dump everything in a pan, mix on low, then beat for two minutes using the higher speeds. Then use this froth as topping on cold or hot milk. Usually the milk is ¾ of the glass and then you top the Dalgona coffee all the way up.

Using Vanilla Ice Cream

Instead of just using plain cold milk, I used mostly vanilla ice cream. For the air gaps, I filled these up with cold milk. If I am going to make an indulgent coffee, I will indulge all the way. Vanilla ice cream brings out the best in iced coffee so I used it here. Plus, it made our coffee much colder. We need it to beat this summer heat.

So what came out is like an affogato-style coffee.

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Dalgona coffee over vanilla ice cream and cold milk.

This time, it was I who made coffee for hubby. It’s an exception to the every day that he makes me black coffee. Related: The Love Language of Asian Men – Mostly! | Inspired from Crash Landing on You

What I Won’t Make Dalgona Coffee Again

Yesterday, my sister-in-law went to the supermarket and we asked her to buy powdered coffee. We only have coffee grounds here and despite processing the grounds further, they won’t dissolve. So we went for instant coffee.

Here are the reasons why I won’t do this ever again.

Unrealistic Expectations

It looks so yummy to eat or drink because the coffee has turned into a nice smooth caramel color. But it’s not really exceptional in terms of taste. Hubby, though, says he likes the taste of the pure frothy coffee.

Uses Too Much Coffee

For that Dalgona coffee in the photo, I used six sticks of Nescafe powdered coffee. Not only is it not economically feasible for daily use, it’s too much coffee for a single serving!

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4-6 sticks of powdered coffee in one serving. That’s too much and unhealthy, too.

Takes so Much Effort to Prepare

Instead of just mixing coffee in the mug or brewing it in the coffee maker, you will have to prepare so many things. There’s the whisk, mixing bowl, mixing spoon, measuring spoon, and in my case, the hand mixer.

So Much Wastage

You can’t help it. The mixture will stick around the mixing bowl, the spatula, the mixer — and it’s not very nice to lick. :p

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This is waste. Unless you add hot water and make another cup of coffee, which you don’t need at this point.

So Much Effort to Clean Up

After enjoying your mug of coffee, you have to clean up your mess and wash everything that you used. Ugh! Too much effort. But I had to try this for myself.

Dalgona Coffee is Not Good For

If you are pregnant, experiencing palpitations, or other health conditions exacerbated by coffee, then Dalgona coffee is not for you. It’s just too much coffee in one serving!

It was good that we tried making Dalgona coffee at least once and find out what the fuss is about. However, I think we still stick to our usual – twice a day brewed coffee with sugar for hubby and once a day black coffee for me. For now, I am taking my black Valentus coffee in the morning just to maintain the weight level.

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Dennis and Sigrid are married Bacolod bloggers., hence the blog name, Marriage Markers. They love to eat and travel and they adore their little girls. They love each other to bits. <3 They are proud members of the Negrense Blogging Society Inc. (NBSI) or the #NegrenseBloggers #BacolodBloggers.

5 thoughts on “Why I Will Never Make Dalgona Coffee Ever Again

  1. Yes, I liked the frothy top before it was mixed with the cream and milk. But knowing how it was prepared, makes me think it is not worth it. And I don’t think making more for later consumption will make it worth it either. If only there is an easier way to make it and also make it with less waste, then I’ll have another cup of Dalgona coffee next time.

  2. Truthfully, I was not aware of this Dalgona Coffee until my niece posted a video about her making one. Being a coffee lover, I’m someone who would love this. But six sticks of Nescafe, wow, that’s a lot of caffeine. I can’t even drink them solo. My niece said, having tried it, that iced coffee is better.

    1. Me, too, moms. I prefer iced coffee, too. Or coffee float. Easier to make, too. 🙂 Dalgona coffee is just too much effort. haha

  3. Tried making Dalgona coffee but didn’t really succeed even with an electric mixer 😆 Used just 2 tbsps of the whipped stuff and stuck the remainder bottled in the ref. I used it for an iced latte the next day. What i didn’t like about dalgona is that it required a lot more milk than I’d usually use. Still, I enjoyed the novelty of it 😊

    1. True, just novelty. But I wouldn’t want to continue making it for coffee’s sake. I might continue making Dalgona as the base for my coffee ice cream.

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