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Whipped Coffee Recipe

How to make whipped coffee, or dalgona coffee, the easy way at home with just 3 ingredients!

Dalgona Coffee Recipe

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 Recipe (Dalgona Coffee)

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???

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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!

How To Make Whipped Coffee (Dalgona Coffee Recipe)
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Whipped Coffee Recipe

How to make this creamy whipped coffee, also known as dalgona coffee, at home the easy way.
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Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 – 3 servings


  • 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.
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Published on April 23, 2020

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  1. Tisha says

    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. 🙁

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