whipped coffee

The internet has been going crazy over whipped coffee since a few TikTok videos of people making this frothy concoction has gone viral.  This fluffy cloud bread is another TikTok viral recipe!

What is Whipped Coffee (Dalgona Coffee)?

Whipped coffee also known as dalgona coffee is a popular drink in Korean cafes which involves whipping instant coffee, sugar, and water into a frothy custard consistency then pouring it over milk.

It’s no wonder this coffee is so insanely popular with it’s airy texture.

Unfortunately many of the methods, including the top ranked google article on how to make it are wrong.  How do I know?  Because I tried it.

The real key to making whipped coffee is the sugar content.  Basically this coffee is like making a meringue, the sugar provides the structure needed to give it that creamy custard like texture.  Your coffee to sugar ratio needs to be almost equal.

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Do I Need to Use Instant Coffee for Whipped Coffee?

Many sites will tell you that you can only make it with instant coffee that is absolutely incorrect.  You can use brewed coffee and espresso as well, which is what I used because we did not have instant coffee.  The only instant coffee we have at home contains milk powder which actually will cause the coffee to not whip up.  Don’t have an espresso maker?  Here’s how to make a espresso or a cappuccino at home.  I did end up eventually get some instant espresso and made dalgona with instant coffee, but I prefer this recipe better.

dalgona coffee

What does Whipped Dalgona Coffee Taste Like?

It’s super sweet!  While this coffee does have a nice custard texture, but because of the sugar needed to create the texture it’s insanely SWEET!  I’m not sure how people drink it over just milk.  I actually added milk and some more espresso to my cup then topped it with the whipped coffee.


Can I Use a Hand Whisk to Make Dalgona Coffee?

You can but it will take you forever!  I actually read an article, one of the top search results on Google, that said he had no problems using a hand whisk and it took a few minutes.  NOPE, not true.  I tried using a whisk and I ended up with just bubbly coffee.  Save yourself some time and just get this electric mixer for $25!

We then used a electric hand mixer and even then it took a good 5 minutes of whipping to get to that meringue like texture.  If you’ve ever baked you’ll know what I’m talking about, you’re basically making a meringue out of coffee!

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How to Make Whipped Dalgona Coffee

Whipped Dalgona Coffee

Whipped coffee with a custardy texture
Cook Time5 mins
Course: coffee, Drinks
Keyword: whipped coffee
Servings: 1


  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  • Mixing Bowl


  • 4 tbs Brewed Espresso, Hot
  • 4 tbs Sugar
  • 4 oz Milk, Cold
  • 2 oz Espresso, Cold Optional


  • Add sugar to hot espresso in a mixing bowl
  • Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to mix expresso and sugar on medium to high speed for about 5 minutes or until meringue forms
  • Fill a glass with ice and add cold milk and cold espresso if using
  • Top with whipped coffee.
  • Serve with a spoon for mixing, enjoy!


You can substitute instant coffee for the brewed espresso.  Prepare your instant coffee in a ratio of 1 to 1.  For example, use 4 tbs of hot water to 4 tbs of instant coffee granules.
If you like your drink less sweet and more coffee flavored, make sure to add additional cold coffee to your milk before topping it with the whipped coffee.
Use a bigger bowl than you think you will need because it does make kind of a mess when mixing.

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