TikTok has brought forth many trends, the newest being “whipped coffee”. The drink has recently taken off on social media in South Korea as residents try to find ways to connect while social distancing. Its other aliases include “dalgona coffee” or “beaten coffee”.
One of my friends posted their whipped coffee on Instagram. I thought it was interesting, so I decided to follow the masses and make the drink. It’s pretty simple: equal parts hot water, instant coffee, and sugar (most people use two tablespoons of each). You whisk the ingredients together either by hand or with a mixer until it reaches Cool Whip consistency. Then you spoon it over a glass of milk.
I’ve followed the recipe and made my drink. I take a sip, and it tastes…like instant coffee? I mean, honestly, it’s kind of gross. I can’t believe I spent my time on this. Why is everyone in love with this? I’ll admit I’m not the best cook, but there is no way I messed this up.
After some contemplation, I have two theories on why whipped coffee became the drink of the month. First: people are desperate without daily Starbucks outings. Businesses are closing, and Starbucks is no exception. According to Starbucks, 60 million customers visit their stores every week.
All those people are now lost — who’s going to make their fancy, over-priced coffee? So naturally, these people have turned to being their own baristas. I get it, you do feel pretty artsy when you make whipped coffee. If this is what it takes to fill the void left by a lack of Starbucks then so be it.
Theory #2: people need ways to get rid of their panic-bought groceries. As soon as people in the US heard about the spread of COVID-19, they ran to grocery stores like they were about to close for the next 10 years. Now, they have too much stuff to fit in their pantries. This is just the start of random recipes that are about to take the world by storm.
All joking theories aside, whipped coffee brings a sense of community and togetherness that is disappearing in some places. It’s fun to see what everyone is doing to make it more individualized. Some are swapping instant coffee for matcha powder or cocoa powder.
At the end of the day, it’s a good laugh and that’s what matters.