Level Up Your Morning Routine: DIY Dalgona Coffee, Lattes, and Espresso

December 16, 2020

Level Up Your Morning Routine: DIY Dalgona Coffee, Lattes, and Espresso

How to Make Espresso (with a French Press)

For the coffee connoisseur, the espresso is the real deal. The way coffee was meant to be made and enjoyed. If like most of us, you don’t have a very fancy and very expensive espresso machine, that’s okay. You can make a strong, dark, espresso-esque brew using the much more accessible French press and a coffee grinder.

What you’ll need:

  • Coffee beans (dark roast)
  • French press
  • Coffee grinder
  • Water
  • A small Beldi glass
Hot Espresso dark coffee served on a straw trivet in a handblown Beldi glass

Step 1: Grind your beans very finely to ensure that water doesn’t pass through too easily.

Step 2:Boil water then put aside for 30 seconds prior to brewing.

Step 3:Add approximately twice your usual amount of coffee to your French press and a few splashes of hot water. Then leave it for a few seconds.

Step 4:Add the remainder of your water, but do not stir. Steep for approximately four to seven minutes.

Step 5:Slowly plunge halfway. Then bring your plunger back up to the top and plunge all the way down.

Step 6: Pour into a serving pot. Serve in a small Beldi glass and enjoy.




How to Make Dalgona Coffee 

You’ve probably seen whipped coffee or dalgona coffee all over social media. But this photogenic drink has actually been around for decades and was popular in South Korea in the 1970s and 80s. 

Dalgona coffee served in a clear medium Beldi glass handmade in morocco

The name dalgona comes from another Korean treat of the same name with a similar sweet taste.

So how do you make Dalgona coffee? It’s a lot easier than it looks. And you can serve it in a Beldi glass to show off the contrast between the milk and the sweet coffee mixture on top.

What you’ll need: 

  • Two tablespoons of sugar
  • Two tablespoons of your favourite instant coffee
  • Two tablespoons of hot water
  • Enough milk (of your choice) to fill your glass ¾ of the way
    • A whisk, handheld mixer or standing mixer
    • Ice cubes

    Step 1- Combine your instant coffee, hot water, and sugar in a mixing bowl. 

    Step 2- Whisk until thick and creamy. Some peaks will form in the mixture and it will turn a light brown colour when it’s ready. If you’re whisking manually, you’ll have to muster up your arm strength as it you’ll need to whisk the mixture about 400 times.
    Step 3- Place a few ice cubes into a small Beldi glass and fill ¾ of the way with milk.
    Step 4- Scoop the creamy coffee mixture and dollop and spread over the milk.
    Step 5 - Snap a photo and show off your confectionary coffee creation on social media. Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @soccodesigns.

    You can also make larger batches of dalgona (without milk) and store for up to three days if you don’t want to whip up this coffee recipe every morning. 

    Latte or Pumpkin Spice Latte

    No need to break the bank buying an expensive latte every morning. It’s relatively easy to make your own right at home.

    Coffee latte in a tall clear beldi glass

    Have you ever wondered how to make a latte at home? How to make a dalgona coffee like the ones you’ve seen all over social media? Maybe you’re keeping it simple and just want to know how to make an espresso with your French press. Our new glassware collection, which is perfect for serving up hot drinks as well as cold got us thinking about all the delicious ways that you can add a bit of flavour to your mornings.

    What you’ll need:

    • Milk (of your choice or flavoured creamer)
    • A small whisk
    • Strong brewed coffee or espresso of your choice (but decaf is fine too)

    Step 1:Brew your coffee as usual.
    Step 2:While brewing, heat your milk in the microwave for 30 - 45 seconds. Be sure not to fill your cup all the way to the top as you’ll need to whisk the milk.

    Step 3: Whisk for 15 - 30 seconds or until the milk becomes frothy.
    Step 4:Pour your coffee into a mug or Beldi glass. Then very pour the milk on top. Be sure to pour the milk very carefully.

    Bonus:If plain lattes aren’t your style, transform your regular latte into a pumpkin spice latte by adding pumpkin spice syrup or pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and vanilla extract to your milk before heating it up. You can even top it all off with whipped cream.

    Which one of these coffee recipes is your favourite? Trying them out for the first time? Be sure to share your photos on Instagram and tag us @soccodesigns.

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