In a pre-coronavirus world, nitro espresso and single origin beans were peak for discerning caffeine addicts. But now the coffee world has a new unlikely hero.
Instant coffee — the stuff that used to be reserved for canteens and budget hotels — is making an almighty comeback.
Fuelled by Instagram and TikTok, we’re now seeing this innocuous store-cupboard ingredient in a whole new light.
Instant coffee’s moment in the limelight started back in January, when a South Korean TV host tried the whipped coffee recipe, nicknamed it dalgona (a type of Korean honeycomb candy) and sent it catapulting into cyberspace overnight.
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last four months, dalgona coffee is like a cappuccino turned on its head: hot or cold milk is topped with a cloud of thick, bittersweet whipped coffee.
The ingredients couldn’t be more simple — sugar, instant coffee, hot water and milk — meaning it’s a quarantine recipe made in heaven.