By: Lauren Leija
Life has a way of surprising us with unexpected twists and turns. One such surprise came to me in the form of a TikTok video about a trendy, simple way to make coffee, without needing to wash endless amounts of dishes.
Little did I know at the time, I would be introduced to the world of coffee by a viral trend from TikTok coffee creators, and it would become an integral part of my daily routine. From the whipped coffee trend to the discovery of coffee connoisseurs like @MorganDrinksCoffee, my transformation from a coffee skeptic to a coffee lover has been nothing short of extraordinary.
The Rise of Dalgona Coffee
I was mindlessly scrolling through TikTok one day in March 2020, desperately trying to find something to keep myself occupied during the seemingly endless quarantine days. I didn’t find myself embracing the trendy hobbies at the time, like bread baking or dancing.
However, I stumbled upon a video by a creator who introduced me to the whipped coffee, or Dalgona coffee, trend. The visuals and promised flavors of the beverage, the glowing reviews in the comments, and the beautiful aesthetic captivated me right away. In fact, so much so, that I rushed to my kitchen and gathered the ingredients to make it myself.
My First Tik Tok Coffee
Mixing equal parts of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water, I whipped up a frothy mixture and poured it over a glass of oat milk and ice. A simple recipe, but the flavor was anything but. As I took my first sip, I was in awe of the bold and smooth flavors, each one distinct, yet harmonious in flavor.
This simple, trendy drink would spark a newfound passion and begin my journey to discovering the best way to make coffee. It ultimately changed my mindset from never drinking coffee to always having it in hand. It also led me down an endless rabbit hole of experimenting to find the best ratios of espresso, brewing methods, and preferred blends.
related: our recipe for Dalgona Coffee
After discovering whipped coffee (and perfecting the recipe, if I do say so myself), I delved deeper into the world of TikTok coffee content. Then, I stumbled upon the account of a content creator who would become my go-to source for all things coffee-related – @MorganDrinksCoffee.
Let me tell you, Morgan Eckroth’s content had me hooked from the first sip. Through her TikTok videos, she invited us into her world, offering a glimpse into the life of a small coffee shop barista. It was through her account that I was introduced to approachable and relatable content, rather than a stale, boring perspective of what coffee is.
Coffee With Stories
Her content ranges from creative latte art to comedic skits. She’ll play different characters, and her heartwarming approach creates a close-knit community where everyone is united by their shared love for a good cup of coffee.
From a shy child too afraid to order hot chocolate to whimsical latte art creations like frogs and cats, Morgan’s skits had something for everyone. She reenacts everyday scenarios of the cozy atmosphere coffee shops create. These are the places where people come together to share moments of joy and connection.
She shares stories about the first dates she witnessed at the coffee shop, capturing the nervous excitement and the genuine connections that brewed over cups of coffee. You’ll hear about children ordering at a coffee counter for the first time and sweet encounters of local customers.
Spillin’ the Beans Espresso Making Alternatives
The Appeal of Morgan Eckroth
It was a reminder of the cozy and welcoming atmosphere that coffee shops can create, where people come together to share moments of joy and connection.
So, if you’re looking for a dose of laughter and a touch of whimsy next time you need a coffee pick-me-up, @MorganDrinksCoffee is the account to follow. Her skits will make you feel right at home, enveloping you in a warm and friendly coffee-loving community. Trust me, you won’t be able to resist being a part of this delightful coffee-filled world.
A Journey of Flavor
Morgan’s approachable content made the complicated world of coffee feel accessible to a beginner like me. She inspired me to explore different brewing methods, experiment with various coffee beans, and develop a deeper understanding of flavor profiles.
My newfound love for coffee expanded beyond the whipped coffee trend and coffee content creators. With Morgan as my guide, I began to experiment every time I made myself a cup of coffee. I take myself on a little adventure each time and enjoy every cup.
What started as a viral trend on TikTok sparked renowned interest within me. From whipped coffee to the guidance of Morgan, my initial skepticism evolved into a deep and passionate appreciation for this captivating beverage. It truly has become an essential part of my life, serving as a reminder to embrace unexpected discoveries.
You’ll never know what you’ll be able to find on social media – or Spillinthebeans.com! And, who knows? Maybe you’ll start your coffee journey just like mine.
Other than Morgan Eckroth (@MorganDrinksCoffee), I love @Barista.Doha and Ethan Rode (@EthanRodeCoffee). Both have different content, but still bring me the same amount of joy!
Absolutely I do, it’s so convenient. All I have to do is, quite literally, whip instant coffee and water, and scoop it over a glass of milk and I’m ready to go! This saves me so much time (and dishes), and when you want a quick out-the-door caffeine boost, I highly recommend it.
Definitely Medici Roasting back home in Austin. There’s a shop across the street from the University, and I found myself there practically every week during my second semester. I have yet to find an iced latte that’s better than theirs!:
About the Author
Lauren Leija is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin in the Moody College of Communications. She is from San Antonio, Texas, and currently resides in New York City for the summer of 2023, but calls Austin, Texas, home.
She is currently a news reporter for The Daily Texan and is heavily involved with Creative Arts & Theater. When she’s not writing, you can find her baking, spending time with her cat, Loki, or reading a book.
Her go-to coffee order is an iced caramel latte with oat milk (she’s lactose sensitive…), but enjoys going to local coffee shops and trying new drinks!