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Beaten coffee or phenti hui coffee or phitti hui coffee is an Indian home-style coffee beverage made mostly with instant coffee and sugar.[1] 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.[2] 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".

Similar drinks

The coffee beverage is similar to the Frappé coffee (or Greek Frappe or Nescafé Frappe or φραπέ) originating in Greece in 1957, which is either hand shaken or whipped with a frothing mixer and is traditionally served cold but also may be prepared hot.[3][4][5]

Cultural impact

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.[6][7]


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  3. ^ "Dalgona Coffee (Greek Frappé) Tops India's Top Google Searches In 2020". 2020-12-11. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  4. ^ "NESCAFÉ Frappe | Home". Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  5. ^ "Πώς ανακαλύφθηκε ο φραπές τυχαία, το 1957 στη Θεσσαλονίκη κατά τη διάρκεια της Διεθνούς Έκθεσης. Η ελληνική πατέντα δεν σερβίρεται σε κανένα άλλο μέρος του κόσμου". ΜΗΧΑΝΗ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΟΝΟΥ (in Greek). 2015-09-07. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  6. ^ "A Dive Into the Disputed History of 'Dalgona Coffee'". 15 April 2020. Retrieved 2021-07-14.
  7. ^ Wharton, Joseph (2017-08-14). "What's So Special About Dalgona Coffee?". Modern Fit. Retrieved 2019-12-25.