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Dolgona coffee becomes lockdown favourite: Recipe here!

A sweet coffee drink has become a global sensation after going viral during the Coronavirus lockdown. Dubbed as the ‘quarantine drink’, dolgona coffee was popularised as a lockdown DIY challenge for South Koreans, quickly reaching other countries through YouTube and TikTok. The name derives from a Korean honeycomb toffee, which it has been likened to in taste.

Dolgona coffee is created simply by combining equal parts of instant coffee, hot water and sugar, and can be enjoyed with hot or cold milk. The sweet mixture has a thick and creamy consistency, creating a crema effect like an espresso without the bitter taste. Once it is layered on top of milk, it appears like an upside down cappuccino.

This process is supposedly unique to instant coffee granules due to the way it is dried and cannot be produced using ground coffee beans. Try using Lavazza Prontissimo from our new ‘At Home’ range for this recipe to achieve the foamy topping for your coffee.

  • 2 tbsp Lavazza Prontissimo instant coffee
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 400ml of your choice of milk
  • Serves two


  1. Combine all of the ingredients apart from the milk in a bowl. Whip the mixture together until it becomes light brown and fluffy, holding in stiff peaks almost like a meringue. This can be achieved much quicker with an electric whisk, but is possible by hand.
  2. Serve with either hot or cold milk in a glass to see the layers. Spoon the coffee mixture on top of the milk and enjoy.

Dolgona coffee