All About Coffee

All About Coffee

During the Covid-19 crisis, coffee addicts have taken to making alternative caffeinated drinks and posting them online. The new trend has been circulating around the internet for a few months. However, it wasn’t until recently the trend of posting different type of beverage had took a different turn. 

 One of the most popular drink is the Dalgona coffee due to its simple instructions and ingredients. A creamy and frothy candy type iced coffee that first originated from India, Pakistan and Macau as whipped coffee. The popularity of the coffee started in 2014, when the Korean actor, Jung Il-woo tried the beverage during his holiday in Macau. He gave it the name Dalgona for its resemblance to a traditional Korean sponge candy of the same name.

“We are close to having a lockdown and for a lot of people this is a very surreal thing. Everyone is just trying to find a little silver lining as they try to stay at home. One of the silver lining is creating Dalgona. It easy to make and tastes like those toffee chocolates but with an added caffeine kick”, says Safia Patel, an 18-year-old university student.

The toffee like beverage has kept a lot of people who have been self-isolating themselves sane during this pandemic. With its sweet, frothy like substance, it fills the drinker with warmth and happiness. A little like drinking the Harry Potter drink, Butter Beer. 

“I never found the appeal of instant coffee so I have spent a lot of money in coffee shops to keep up with my coffee addiction. However, now that the UK is told to stay and work from home, I had to find another way to feed my addiction. Now with this quick and easy way to make an alternative instant coffee, my mornings are so much bearable during this time. The cold, candy like beverage is even perfect for the upcoming spring sun. Sometimes, it makes me feel like I’m drinking Butterbeer”, says Laura Atkinson, a 22-year-old, retail worker.

The videos of people creating the beverage has even helped the public with its natural ASMR sounds. ASMR also known as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is a feeling of wellbeing combined with a tingling sensation in the scalp that releases a satisfying atmosphere. This shows that some internet trends are great.

“It just goes to show you how the internet can easily make such a simple thing into a trend. Especially during this crisis, watching people create this drink is satisfying. The acoustics of everyday tasks relieves my anxiousness, says Zulekha Akbar, a 20-year-old student.

 The three simple steps for the Dalgona coffee:

  1. Mix together two tablespoons of hot water, sugar and instant coffee
  1. Using a whisk whip the mixture until it turns into a thick, frothy mixture
  1. Once satisfied, pour milk into a glass, add ice if desirable, and top it off with the whipped mixture

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