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coffee around the world: how to make dalgona coffee

An All-Expenses-Paid Tour of the World in 7 Coffees

It’s bonkers what a great cup of coffee can do. A warm mug of smooth cinnamon coffee can thaw your winter woes, and a creamy iced coffee can cut through sweltering heat. And, when you get a taste of an iconic coffee style from a far-off place, you can’t help but feel like a part of you (even if it’s just your taste buds) is there. 

Let’s explore! Join us for an all-expenses-paid tour of the world in seven coffees.

1. Dalgona coffee

First popularized in 2020 on TikTok, dalgona coffee is a whipped drink hailing from South Korea. The classic dalgona recipe is made by whipping instant coffee, sugar, and boiling water until frothy and serving over milk. Luckily for us espresso lovers, the genius at Sea of Blush found a way to create the dreamy drink with brewed espresso. The secret is adding more sugar, which of course turns the sweetness up to 11.

Barista tip: To counteract that extra sweetness, we suggest using a full-bodied coffee like Berres Brothers Tres Rios Costa Rican blend in an espresso grind.  

2. Cafecito

As Epicurious said, no Cuban meal is complete without a cafecito, also called a Cuban coffee. The term cafecito (literally, “little coffee”) refers to strong espresso that's topped with a teeny whipped espresso and sugar cloud. The cloud of espresso sugar is called an "espumita" and will be sort of a cream color because the classic cafecito uses raw brown sugar (Demerara).

Barista tip: Cuban coffee is known for being strong. Like, pull an all-nighter strong. Our Dark Sumatra Stout is just the (round-trip) ticket with strong, earthy richness.

3. Turkish coffee

If you like it THICK, go for Turkish coffee. It's been around the block since the 16th century and folks love the rich and full-bodied taste. It's typically made by heating water, coffee, and sugar in a pot called a cezve (or ibrik). As the mixture heats, you skim off the foam created and add to your serving cups. After boiling is complete, you serve it immediately—no filtering. No cap, this is coffee in its purest form. So, how do you enjoy Turkish coffee without having a mouthful of coarse grounds? You mill the coffee very finely so it dissolves completely as it boils.

Barista tip: Grind our Hazelnut Cream coffee until fine and you’ll emulate the nutty flavors of Turkish delight, a dessert commonly enjoyed with Turkish coffee.

4. Ethiopian coffee

Ethiopian coffee is prized for its unique, fruity flavor. You'll want to use a pour over method when making Ethiopian coffee to bring out the natural flavor notes. Pour over gives you more control over temperature and how much water you use so you can brew the coffee without burning it. Want to add a little extra flair? Add cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves to your brewed coffee.

Barista tip: Our Yirgacheffe Ethiopian coffee is fruity, mild, and has an intriguing wine-like finish.

5. Irish coffee

When you want a little booze with your caffeine, Irish coffee is a traditional favorite. Your kitchen can get some pub vibes with just four ingredients: brewed coffee, sugar, Irish whiskey, and heavy cream. For each cup of coffee, add 1-2 teaspoons of white sugar, an ounce of whiskey, and cream. There’s a trick to making the cream float, though. Turn a spoon over and let it rest over the cup. Pour the cream gently over the back of the spoon so it floats instead of mixing completely with the coffee. Sláinte!

Barista tip: We’re on our grind with this one! Add our Irish Cream flavored coffee to your boozy beverage to make it a 10.

 6. Affogato

Raise your hand if you’ve got a sweet tooth (who doesn’t?). Affogato is a gorgeous Italian invention that straddles the line between coffee and dessert. It’s simple to make, too. Just “drown” a scoop of ice cream in a shot of espresso. The result is cool yet warm, creamy, and packs a kick of caffeine. It’s one of our favorites.

Barista tip: Make your affogato with our Amaretto flavored coffee. It tastes like the Italian almond liqueur of the same name.

7. Flat white

Whether you’re tucking in for brekkie or afternoon tea, a strong flat white will defo do you right. As you can tell from our overdone Australian slang, the flat white comes from down under. Like a latte, flat whites are made with espresso and steamed milk. The flat white is also made with less milk than a latte, making it taste stronger. 

But, the most important difference between a latte and flat white is the method of steaming the milk. Baristas say to give the cup a thump on your counter and then swirl the milk as you're steaming it. This disperses bubbles, making the flat white just that—flatter than a latte due to a lack of foam.

Barista tip: Our non-flavored, original 1993 recipe Aurora blend in an espresso grind is a safe bet for this bevvie.

There is just so much flavor in the world, and it’s our mission to share as much as we can with our fans. Explore our wide range of beloved flavored coffees—and let us know what your dream coffee flavor is. We want to make your dreams a reality! 


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