A few weekends ago, hubby and I made a short trip to Chicago. There was a coffee place that I had been wanting to try for a while now- Sawada, owned by renowned latte artist Hiroshi Sawada. They served two drinks that I really wanted to try. The Black Camo latte made with hojicha tea (roasted green tea) and espresso and also the Military latte made with matcha, vanilla syrup and espresso. We got one of each and I was hooked. The flavors of green tea and espresso are so good together! So when I came home, I wanted to create a drink that featured both matcha and coffee and came up my iced matcha Dalgona coffee.
Choosing Matcha Tea
Matcha tea powder is what I use for this recipe. The powder is made from ground up tea leaves and is this vibrant, beautiful green color. Matcha powder can be expensive because it is labor and time extensive to make. You can usually find both culinary and ceremonial grade matcha, but the goal here is to find a premium culinary grade matcha that will offer better quality but won’t be as expensive as ceremonial grade. Also, a little goes a long way. A 1.5 oz container of matcha will steep 30 cups of tea. I use The Republic of Teas Organic Matcha powder.
What is Dalgona Coffee?
Dalgona coffee was THE drink at the beginning of 2020 and was all over social media. Dalgona coffee origins can be traced back to South Korea (Hi BTS) and is a delicious whipped and fluffy coffee drink made with instant coffee, sugar and hot water. Whipping the mixture with a hand mixer or a milk frother gives it the texture similarly of whipped cream. Let me tell you, it is yummy. I’m not usually a fan of sugar in my coffee drinks, but with the earthy matcha, the sweetened Dalgona balances it so well.
How to make Dalgona Coffee
This recipe makes a single 16oz drink. You can totally double or triple it if you would like. In a cup, dissolve the tea in some warm water. Add the ice, then pour in your milk of choice. Mix together the instant coffee, sugar and hot water in a bowl and use a hand mixer or a milk frother to whip it up. The mixture will triple in size, thicken and turn a light brown color. It should resemble the picture above. Spoon the coffee onto the milk and serve. I usually mix mine up a bit before drinking it so that the coffee infuses into the milk below. So, so yum.
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Iced Matcha Dalgona Coffee
- 2 teaspoons matcha tea powder
- 1/4 cup (59g) warm water
- 1/2 cup (123g) milk
- 1 cup ice
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee or espresso
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- In a cup, combine the matcha powder and warm water. Stir to dissolve the tea in the water. I like to use a milk frother to blend the tea and water.
- Pour in the ice over the tea.
- Slowly pour in the milk.
- In a medium bowl, combine the instant coffee, sugar, and hot water.
- With a hand mixer, beat until the mixture has thickened, increased in volume and has turned a light brown color. I will be scoopable.
- Scoop the dalgona mixture into the cup on top of the milk. Serve.
- Optional: Sprinkle on a dusting of cocoa powder.