CBD Recipes: CBD Dalgona Coffee
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve no doubt seen the dalgona coffee trend that’s been sweeping across the internet during lockdown. And if you’re subscribed to the ULU newsletter, you’ll know our most recent newsletter was all about how to make CBD a part of your everyday life. And what better way to do that than to add a few drops to your morning coffee. So, this week we’re bringing you another CBD recipe: CBD dalgona coffee – the perfect CBD infused drink!
We’ve started this article with some information about dalgona coffee and CBD for those who aren’t so familiar with either. However, if you’re already an expert, feel free to skip straight to the recipe!
What is CBD dalgona coffee?
Dalgona coffee is a Korean coffee drink currently taking the internet by storm. It’s almost like an upside down cappuccino: with the coffee on the top and the milk on the bottom. However, in this drink, the coffee is the part that’s whipped into a delicious foam by combining equal parts instant coffee, sugar and water. This coffee foam is then placed on top of the milk – which you can enjoy hot or cold.
And CBD dalgona coffee is a new twist on the popular drink. All you’ll need to do is add a few drops of your chosen CBD oil into the recipe to make CBD dalgona coffee.
What CBD should I use?
For this CBD recipe, we’ll be adding 2 drops of ULU 10% CBD oil with GABA to make a CBD infused drink. This means that per serving, this recipe contains 6.4mg of CBD – a fairly potent dose!
This also happens to be a full-spectrum oil. We love full-spectrum oils here at ULU because they really are a superior product. ‘Full-spectrum’ means that during the distillation process, none of the parts of the hemp plant (apart from THC) are removed. So, in addition to our high-quality cannabidiol, you’ll also benefit from the other beneficial, natural chemical compounds found within the hemp plant.
However, you can really use any type or amount of CBD you choose. Simply add a few drops of whichever CBD oil you have to hand. You can also vary the dose by adding more or fewer drops of oil into the CBD recipe. (To work out how strong your CBD dose is, make sure to divide the total amount of CBD by the number of drops in the bottle. This will give you a more accurate idea of CBD-per-drop.)
How does dalgona coffee work?
If you’re wondering how dalgona coffee works – how it gets its beautiful creamy foam, then look no further.
Coffee guru James Hoffman compares dalgona coffee to the process of whipping meringue. In meringue, you have a foaming agent (eggs) and sugar to stabilise the foam. And this is what creates those beautiful stiff peaks.
In dalgona coffee, the coffee granules provide the foaming agent. This is because when you roast coffee, you get something called melanoidins – the foaming agents in espresso that allow the crema to occur on top. However, this alone won’t create creamy foam – crema on top of espresso coffees, for example, fade after a few minutes.
Here, we’re whisking incredibly viscous liquid. We’ve dissolved equal parts coffee and sugar into the same amount of water. We also have the sugar as a stabilising agent. And this creates smaller, more stable bubbles – creating thick foam which sticks around for much longer.
Just a few notes before we get to the CBD dalgona coffee recipe!
This recipe measures ingredients by tablespoons – however to get a more accurate result, you can weigh each ingredient. This recipe calls for equal parts instant coffee, sugar and water. So, you could weigh a tbsp of instant coffee, and then match this weight for the other ingredients.
Traditionally, dalgona coffee is made with granulated sugar. However, we found after making the traditional recipe that the foam was quite grainy. So, we’ve substituted granulated for icing sugar. This makes the coffee a bit sweeter, so you can always experiment with using less sugar if you don’t have a major sweet tooth.
Also, this drink is enjoyed best when the foam is stirred into the milk before drinking – after you’ve taken an Instagram-worthy picture of the foam on top of course!
Lastly, if you don’t have a tablespoon – don’t worry! You can either weigh the ingredients, or use 2 level dessert spoons.
CBD dalgona coffee recipe
Recipe serves 1 – simply double to make 2 cups of delicious CBD dalgona coffee, perfect for sharing!
1 tbsp instant coffee (approx 10g)
1 tbsp sugar (approx 10g)
1 tbsp very hot water (not boiling) (approx 10g)
2 drops ULU 10% Full Spectrum CBD Oil with GABA
Boil water in a kettle and immediately pour into a glass to slightly cool. You want the water to be very hot, but not quite boiling.
Once slightly cooled, at the hot water to a mixing jug with the instant coffee and sugar. Use an electric or hand mixer to whisk the mixture until it becomes foamy and stiff peaks appear. This takes about 3 minutes of whisking.
Squeeze 2-3 drops of your chosen CBD oil into the milk mixture and stir until combined.
If desired, heat milk in a saucepan or carefully in the microwave. (If you prefer cold coffee drinks, you can skip this step!)
Pour milk into a heatproof glass and carefully spoon the foamed coffee mixture so that it rests on top of the milk.
CBD dalgona coffee is best enjoyed when you stir the foam into the milk. But make sure to take an Instagram-worthy photo before you do this!!
If you’re looking for a way to take your CBD dalgona coffee to the next level, why not try one or more of our optional extra ideas!
- Add a tsp of vanilla extract to your milk and stir thoroughly for a slightly sweet tasting milk with a subtle hint of vanilla.
- Try adding 1 tsp of cocoa powder to the coffee, sugar and water before whipping to create a CBD dalgona mocha.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg (or 2 pinches of pre-mixed pumpkin spice) to your whipped coffee mixture to add a festive twist.
- If this recipe is too sweet for you, reduce the amount of sugar whisked into the foam – you’ll need a little to help the foam whip into stiff peaks, however you can experiment with reducing the overall amount of sugar for a more savoury taste.
- Try adding the whipped foam to a cup of coffee rather than milk – but don’t forget to add a few drops of CBD to the warm coffee first!
Have you made CBD dalgona coffee?
We hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe for CBD dalgona coffee – a perfect CBD infused drink!
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