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.

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 or drink it as your morning coffee.

This makes a great breakfast along with a slice Banana Bread or a big bowl of Overnight Oats.

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.


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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