Dalgona Coffee

A newish coffee drink making the news these days is a frothy whipped coffee called dalgona coffee. This coffee drink seems to have viral in Korea during the Covid-19 quarantines.

You roughly need about 2 Tbs instant coffee, 2 Tbs sugar, and 2 Tbs hot water. You mix them together in a bowl and whip with a whisk (or beat with beaters) until thick and creamy. It is helpful if you have an electric whisk because it can take a while to get the right thick whipped consistency. The reason to use instant coffee is because it dissolves.

To make the drink, pour milk into a glass over ice cubes about 3/4 of the way and then top with the frothed coffee.

Coffee at Home

Since everyone is more or less stuck at home due to Covid-19, you might be bored or looking for some kind of diversion. Why not explore some recipes using coffee?

The Victor crew found some recipes on Starbucks site. They range from coffee drinks to smoothie bowls to cakes. There are also recipes for chocolate covered coffee beans and how to do latte art!

Many of the recipes are coffee go-withs and some are made with coffee as an ingredient. Make a coffee cake or frittata to go with your brew. Or perhaps you want to make a fancy coffee drink.

Check out their recipes here: https://athome.starbucks.com/recipe/

There’s Nothing Like Coffee and Chocolate!

I just love the flavor of coffee and chocolate. If there are any candy bars out there with coffee in them, I try them. Chocolove’s Coffee Crunch in Dark Chocolate is great as well as Pocket Coffee.

Right now you can get Dunkin’ in a chocolate candy bar. They come in boxes of four for the bars for $5.49. A 50-count box of Coffee Thins costs $29.99. Two 12-count packs (24 total) cost $15.49. You can get them here: coffeethins.com

They come in Caramel, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Original blend. You can get them in a bar or in individually coffee thins.

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How Italians do Coffee

Italians have certain ways of drinking their coffee. It’s different than how we drink coffee here in the states.

Here are some things that might be confusing:

For instance, if you order a “latte” you will get milk.

A bar is a cafe. They drink coffee standing up at a bar. If you sit down you get upcharged for the seat. (The price could double or triple if you sit.) Pay for the coffee before ordering.

Don’t drink cappuccino after noon – or even 11 a.m. At least not if you don’t want to be pegged as a tourist. If you order it, you will probably get it but don’t expect to blend in.

If you order caffe, you will get espresso.

The closest you may come to what we are used to is Caffe Americano – but it may come either with a small pitcher of hot water for you to dilute it yourself or a regular coffee.

What you might not find is cold brew coffee. Some regions have something they call Caffe Shakerato where they dissolve sugar in and then put the hot espresso over ice and shake to quickly cool it. Or you can just get a caffe freddo or iced coffee.

Here are some sites to find out more:
TripSavvy
WalksOfItaly

A Coffee Break

I took a coffee break last week. I went a full week without drinking coffee. The main reason was to see if I would sleep any better without my cold brew. It did not make a difference. What I did that week was drink more tea. I drank green tea, Earl Grey tea, a flavored herbal tea, and a flavored black tea. For a really good collection this winter try this Winter Solstice Loose Leaf Sampler. The box has a handy guide for how long to steep each type of tea.

I also treated myself to this tea infuser for loose tea. Rather than buy a special tea cup that comes with an in-fuser, you can turn all your own mugs and cups into tea infusers.

I am back to making my cold brew but it’s still nice to have a cup of tea in the afternoon or evening.