How to make whipped coffee, or dalgona coffee, the easy way at home with just 3 ingredients!
What Is Dalgona Coffee?
This whipped coffee beverage has suddenly taken over the internet.
If you’ve opened Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or YouTube in the past month, chances are high you’ve seen at least one post about the viral coffee drink.
To make the coffee recipe, you simply whip together equal amounts of instant coffee, hot water, and sugar (or erythritol for sugar free) until it magically turns thick and airy, with stiff cloud-like peaks reminiscent of meringue or homemade whipped cream.
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3 Ingredient Whipped Coffee
After whipping up your creamy coffee, just spoon it over any milk of choice.
Then you can swirl it into the milk for a delicious spin on a homemade coffee latte!
The concept works with regular or decaf instant coffee, so you can have it as an afternoon snack (maybe with some Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies?!) or drink it as your morning coffee.
This makes a great breakfast along with a slice of Healthy Banana Bread or a big bowl of Overnight Oats.
Have you tried dalgona coffee yet???
Dalgona Coffee Recipe FAQ
Can I make keto whipped coffee? Or vegan whipped coffee?
You can! The recipe is vegan as long as you spoon it over a nondairy milk such as almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, or coconut milk. It works with most granulated sugars, including brown sugar, white sugar, or coconut sugar. For keto dalgona coffee, use granulated erythritol or monk fruit sweetener.
Can I make it without sugar?
While you can omit the sugar entirely and the coffee will still whip up, the results will not be as fluffy. My recommendation if you want sugar free dalgona coffee is to use one of the granulated sugar substitutes listed above.
Do you drink it hot or cold?
Either! Serve it over hot or cold milk of choice, with or without ice, depending on your preference. You can even blend the whipped coffee with milk and ice for a frozen frappe drink.
How long does dalgona coffee take to make?
The recipe can be made with hand beaters, a coffee frother, or simply a fork or whisk. Mine started to thicken within 30 seconds using both of the first two methods, and it gets thicker and thicker the longer you whip it. If you’re making whipped coffee by hand, this does require a lot of patience, as it can take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes of mixing with just a whisk.
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Can you make dalgona coffee without instant coffee?
To make whipped coffee without instant coffee, you can pour a scoop of coffee beans into a coffee grinder or blender.
Once finely ground, sift through a fine mesh strainer. Use the resulting fine powder in the beaten coffee recipe.
Apparently you can get similar whipped results with matcha powder, strawberry powder, or cocoa powder instead of coffee, but I’ve not tried those yet.
Where did dalgona coffee come from?
Beaten coffee, also called Indian cappuccino or phenti hui, may have originated in India or Pakistan. In Greece they drink something similar called frappe coffee.
And when I told my mom about the dalgona coffee trend, she said the restaurant she worked in as a teenager in New York made their own frozen version of whipped coffee by beating instant coffee with water and sugar, then blending it with ice and milk for a frothy coffee beverage.
The sudden surge in popularity started with a South Korean actor named Jung Il-woo who ordered the drink in Macau while being filmed for a television show, where he noted the drink’s resemblance to Korean dalgona candy.
Users on Youtube and TikTok began posting their own homemade dalgona coffee videos, and the recipe quickly went viral. You may have seen it on social media by the name of Creamy Coffee or TikTok Coffee.
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Above – watch the video how to make dalgona coffee
Whipped Coffee Recipe
- 2 tbsp instant coffee, regular or decaf
- 2 tbsp sugar, or erythritol for sugar free
- 2 tbsp water
- Your favorite milk of choice
- Heat water until just boiling. Combine all ingredients and whip with a coffee frother or a hand mixer. It should start to get thick within 30 seconds and gets thicker and thicker the longer you blend! (You can technically whip it by hand, but this can take 15 minutes or more.) Spoon it on top of milk, then stir in before drinking because the coffee by itself tastes very strong and bitter since it’s so concentrated. View Nutrition Facts
Have you made this recipe?
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Hmm. It tastes wonderful, but I can’t get it to a “scoop-able” consistency. I am using a handheld coffee frother. It gets very very creamy, but not like whipped cream where you can scoop it on top of your milk. Any idea what I may be doing wrong? Using instant coffee, non-dairy milk and organic cane sugar. Thanks!
Jason Sanford says
Hi, when you say you’re using nondairy milk, do you mean you’re using water for the base and putting it over nondairy milk? Or are you using nondairy milk for the actual base instead of water?
I am using water for the base and putting it over non-dairy milk.
What brand of coffee did you use? I read somewhere else that Starbucks Via for example, doesn’t work. I used a coffee frother and it whipped up thick. It did take a few minutes to get thick so maybe you just need to whip yours longer.
have you mad a post on every blog post? I love looking for them! lol
Can you use an immersion blender?
Jason Sanford says
We have not personally tried it. After a quick search online, it looks like other bloggers or social media influencers who tried it said it technically can work but will not be as thick and fluffy. If you experiment, be sure to report back!
Jason (media relations)
I have tried this with matcha (sugar and water) and I didn’t get a fluffy consistency at all 🙁 When I searched online, people had combined the matcha combo with heavy cream or egg whites. But apparently canned chickpea water + matcha + sugar will work? Blogilates had a recipe for it!
I’ve been using maple syrup for the sweetener and Medaglia D’Oro instant espresso. It whips up really well.
This was great and it looked really pretty with the coffee floating on top of the milk. I used store brand instant coffee and whipped it with a battery operated frother.
Dee Gee Johnson says
This stuff is GREAT! but boy did it give me a buzz LOL.
I used a hand mixer with one beater attached to “froth” the coffee. Worked great. Then I dolloped it over hot almond milk.
I’ve seen so many videos and photos of this whipped coffee! I didn’t know you could use regular coffee by sifting through a fine mesh strainer. Great tip! I’ll definitely be making this now! Looks absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing! Make sure not to waste your coffee grinds. I wrote about some cool ideas on ways to reuse those grinds. aquaapple.com/is-drinking-coffee-healthy-for-you/
Why does you site have so many ads?
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Hi, Katie’s site doesn’t have any more ads than other food blogs – are you seeing more ads here than what you see on other big food blogs? (If so, can you give us examples so we can send them to our ad network and maybe something isn’t working correctly…)
Jason (media relations)
I wouldn’t say there are more ads here than anywhere else. Small inconvenience for such a great resource.
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Thank you so much, that really means a lot to us 💗
This is great! I must not know how to use a coffee frother because I made quite the mess in my kitchen. I tried again using my Pampered Chef whipped cream maker and that worked great with no mess!
Has anyone tried making this with the Nutribullet?
I can’t get this to work with finely ground (non-instant) coffee through a strainer. I read somewhere else it only works with instant coffee because of the xantham gum that is added to instant, which acts as a stabilizer. Has someone had success with non-instant coffee? The only way I was able to get it to sort of work was to strongly brew 2tbs of coffee, stir in the sugar, whip some cream separately, then slowly add the coffee mixture to the cream. It started to “melt” quickly though, and when I tried to revive it, I over-mixed it towards butter. 🙁
Regular coffee didn’t work for me either.
Samantha Nicholls says
Regular coffee doesn’t work
I’m so glad to find this section of the comments. I’ve tried this three times using finely ground beans, then sifting through a fine sifter or a cheesecloth. Today I gave up and added whipping cream and it *kinda* worked (really heavy, though, and not stiff — it also sank to the bottom of the milk). I wonder if using arrowroot would work (looking at your comment about instant coffee having stabilizers, which I didn’t know but now makes so much sense!). Arrowroot has been my natural go-to since I don’t like using xantham/guar etc. I’ll give it a try (again, though I swore after this time that I was done trying!) and try to remember to write back here if I have any success.
Alrighty, in response to my last comment: I tried it with arrowroot and liquid espresso this time (no homemade instant coffee, since it just comes out grainy even when sifted) and no luck.
I wonder if the sugar needs to be powdered sugar instead of granulated?
Would love to get this figured out!
Take a regular old wisk out of the drawer. Put it in your cup/bowl. Place your hands flat on each side. Plams together. Then roll your hands back & forth like a spin drum (see Karate Kid 2). Seconds later…whipped coffee.
I’ll admit I came here from TikTok after seeing dalgona coffee or whipped coffee on there one too many times to not try it myself. Easy and fun. It is very strong but I do like it!
Vegan Girl says
I can’t believe this worked! The coffee whipped up perfectly!
Okay, so it didn’t work for me either, so I got out some heavy whipping cream, and my Xylitol, and I half-way whipped it up to make half-way whipped whipped cream, and then I added some of my non-fluffy coffe whip to the whipped cream and whipped it the rest of the way. It was delicious! Hope this helps!
Oh, also, I blended up my Xylitol so that it would be like a powdered sugar substitute, and then I added it to my heavy cream before I whipped it up.
Hi . This recipe , is it for one cup of coffee ? Can one double it ?
Also can you use a electric mixer instead ?