Beaten coffee is an Indian home-style coffee beverage made mostly with instant coffee and sugar. It is known as 'beaten' as the process involves beating the coffee and sugar together with a spoon to aerate into a light brown fluffy paste-like substance. It is generally served with warm milk, which creates a thick froth on the top. Another popular way of serving it is by pouring the paste on top of a cup of warm or cold milk.
Beaten coffee can be prepared without any special machines or coffee mixes. Coffee is beaten with milk, hot water, and sugar, incorporating air into the paste until frothy. As milk is added, the coffee is further dissolved and air is released creating a creamy texture. This method of hand-beating is what gives the coffee the name "Beaten Coffee".
Multiple cultures began laying claim to their own versions of this drink. This coffee-making method was picked up online during the COVID-19 lockdown and became viral worldwide, often in the form of dalgona coffee.