How Do You Make Whipped Coffee? Secret Tips and Hacks



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I love coffee. It’s one of my favorite things in the world and I love tasting different coffees – Max Scheider 

We’re with Max. Coffee is one of our favorite things in the world as well, and there’s nothing we like better than discovering, and tasting different types of coffee.

And unless you’ve been living in the middle of a desert or in a cabin in the deepest, darkest woods you’ve probably seen, heard, or had a cup of the latest caffeine sensation taking the world by storm, whipped coffee. 

Dalgona, or whipped, coffee started life in South Korea and is named after a particularly tasty toffee treat sold by street vendors.

Delicious, thick, and creamy, whipped coffee is a flavor-filled sensation that appeared out of nowhere and almost overnight, seemed to become the coffee of choice for an entire generation.

But the best thing about whipped coffee is that it’s incredibly easy to brew. So how do you make whipped coffee?

We’re going to explain exactly how to make it right here, plus answer all your questions to help you make the perfect Dalgona coffee drink at home. 

Whipped coffee in glass on white tray.

How Do You Make Whipped Coffee?

All you have to do to make a cup of delicious Dalgona coffee is whip together equal amounts of sugar, instant coffee, and hot water.

Keep on whipping them until the coffee begins to look more like meringue and starts to form soft peaks.

When it reaches that point, stop whipping and prepare your milk.

To make a Dalgona iced coffee, add ice to your glass, pour in milk about half way up and top with your whipped coffee mix.

For a hot whipped coffee, warm your milk in a mug and top with whipped coffee and enjoy. 

For something a little different, try our dalgona bubble coffee recipe.

Can I Use Ground Coffee For Whipped Coffee? 

Don’t believe the hype and all of the naysayers, you can use ground coffee to make Dalgona coffee.

Even though it takes longer to make it, we’re going to guide you, step by step through the process of turning coffee grounds into whipped coffee. 

As coffee grounds won’t dissolve in water like instant coffee does (see why here), the first step is to use your grounds to brew some coffee.

You can brew your favorite coffee beans as you normally would, or see the quick steps below.

  • Place the coffee grounds in a manual pour over filter that’s sitting on top of a cup
  • Boil some water and pour it over the grounds in the filter
  • Allow the coffee to drip through into the cup
  • Remove the filter and throw the grounds away.

Now add two large spoons of sugar to a bowl, and then add two large spoons of your brewed coffee (that’s in the cup) to the sugar and begin whipping the mixture. 

You’re going to need to be patient, as it will take a while, but eventually, it’ll start to form the same troughs and peaks as it did when you whipped the instant coffee up.

When it does, just add it to warm or cold milk, let it settle, sit back, relax and enjoy your whipped coffee.

Top view of Korean dalgona coffee drink ingredients on table.

Can You Make Whipped Coffee With Regular Coffee? 

The simple, straight-to-the-point short answer is yes and the longer answer is, yes but it depends on how you define regular coffee.

We’ve always thought that regular coffee was the kind that you brewed in your drip coffee maker or espresso machine.

But regardless of the way you define it, whatever kind of coffee you brew, you can use it to make whipped coffee. 

Want to know how to make whipped coffee with regular coffee? Read on as it is super simple to prepare!

As soon as you’ve brewed your regular coffee, just add two large tablespoons of it to two large tablespoons of sugar in a bowl and start whipping.

It takes, just like it does with ground coffee, longer to make whipped coffee with regular coffee, so hang in there and keep whipping until it starts to get thicker and looks, and feels, a little bit like gooey meringue.

When it does, it’s time to add the milk and let the world pass you by while you sip and savor your cup of whipped coffee.

There will be moments, when you’re whipping away at your coffee when you’ll think it isn’t going to work, but don’t give up or give in, it will work, it’ll just take time.

Patience and tenacity and the right amount of sugar are the only other ingredients that you’ll need to make Dalgona with regular coffee. 

Why Is My Whipped Coffee Not Whipping?

There are two main reasons why your Dalgona isn’t whipping, and contrary to popular belief, it isn’t because the universe or fate is conspiring against you, even though it might feel like they are.

The main reason is down to your choice of whisking or whipping tool.

If you’re not using a whisk or a hand mixer, there’s a good chance that you’re not whipping your coffee thoroughly enough for it to achieve whipped coffee perfection.

Another reason why your coffee might not be whipping is that you might have used a little too much water.

The measurements needed to make Dalgona don’t have to be absolute, but they do need to be pretty close, and if you’ve added too much water to the mix, it won’t whip.

Unfortunately, if you have used too much water, your coffee is never going to whip, and you’ll have to either start again or try to balance the mixture by adding a little more instant coffee and sugar.

It might work, it might not, but it’s worth trying before you have to scrap everything and start again.

whipped coffee in bowl with whisk.

Does Starbucks Sell Whipped Coffee?

While you can order Dalgona coffee from almost every street vendor in Seoul, ninety-nine point nine percent of American coffee shops, whether they’re part of a national chain, or a small independently owned business, don’t serve Dalgona, and whipped coffee isn’t on their menus.

And Starbucks has followed the coffee shop trend, which means that you can’t order a whipped coffee in any of their stores, and they’re unlikely to start serving Dalgona over the counter in the near future. 

It isn’t all bad news though, as there is a secret weapon in the whipped coffee arsenal that even Starbucks either wasn’t aware of or hasn’t publicly acknowledged.  What is this secret? We’re glad you asked.

The secret weapon in question is Starbucks VIA Instant Iced Coffee which can and does, make an incredible Dalgona coffee at home.

Use it as the base coffee ingredient and follow our easy guide to making whipped coffee using instant coffee and you’ll hit a coffee high that it’ll be next to impossible to come down from. 

How Do You Make Whipped Coffee Without A Whisk?

How do you make whipped coffee without a whisk? With great difficulty.

Don’t worry we’re only kidding, it’s easy to make whipped coffee without a whisk, as the most important part of the whipping process involves thoroughly mixing the core ingredients together until the magic happens. 

A friend of ours swears that whipped coffee made using a milk frother tastes better than any Dalgona he’s had that was made using a whisk.

So it might be worth exploring that particular avenue if you happen to have a milk frother lying around that’s just begging to be used. 

If you don’t have either an electric whisk, a hand whisk, or a milk frother, you always use a fork to whip up your whipped coffee. It isn’t an ideal solution, but it will work.

However, even though it will work, it’ll take a long time to achieve the same results that using a whisk would.

So get ready to settle in for the long haul, as you’ll be mixing, folding, and whipping for what will feel like an eternity.

Will all of the effort that you put into making your whipped coffee be worth it?

Of course, it will, and soon as you taste it, all of the time and effort that you put into making it will be instantly rewarded. 

Adding whipped coffee to glass of cold milk.

Is Whipped Coffee Unhealthy?

Given the amount of sugar and instant coffee that it takes to make a whipped coffee, there’s absolutely no way that any physician would, or could ever describe whipped coffee as being healthy.

One cup of whipped coffee can send your sugar levels through the roof and shatter the AMA’s (American Medical Association) recommended healthy limits.

And when you add the amount of instant coffee that you need to whip a brew up into the mix, there’s a good chance you’ll be pushing your caffeine levels into overdrive as well. 

But it is possible to make a relatively healthy whipped coffee by making a couple of careful ingredient substitutions.

You can make whipped coffee with decaffeinated instant coffee instead of regular instant coffee, and rather than using sugar, you can use a natural sweetener like granulated monk fruit or stevia. 

The whipping process is the same, your coffee will taste the same, and you’ll be able to relax knowing that your substitute Dalgona will be a lot healthier than a regular one. 

Is Whipped Coffee Stronger Than Regular Coffee?

It’s all about the caffeine and there’s no way to avoid the fact that the average cup of Dalgona contains nearly twice as much caffeine as a similarly sized cup of coffee does.

An average eight-ounce cup of brewed coffee contains roughly ninety-five milligrams of caffeine.

Whereas the same size cup of whipped coffee contains somewhere in the region of one hundred and eighty-eight milligrams of caffeine due to the higher quantity of instant coffee.

Which, as we’ve already pointed out is nearly twice the amount of caffeine that a normal cup of coffee contains. 

It is possible to reduce the amount of caffeine in a standard size cup of whipped coffee.

One of the easiest ways to significantly cut the amount of caffeine in whipped coffee is by making it with decaffeinated instant coffee rather than the fully leaded variety.

Or, if you still want a caffeine hit, you could try using a half and half (half decaffeinated, and half regular instant coffee) mix to whip up a cup of Dalgona. 

As whipped coffee isn’t an exact science, you can also try varying the traditional measures and reducing the amount of sugar and coffee that you use to make the coffee.

This will lower the strength of your final brew and thanks to it also using less sugar, will also be healthier. 

Two glasses of dalgona coffee on tray with gold spoon.

How Many Calories Does Whipped Coffee Have? 

With an ingredient list that focuses solely on sugar and caffeine, the calorie content of the average cup of whipped coffee is, as you’ve probably guessed, sky-high.

There really is no way to escape the fact that if you follow the South Korean recipe to the letter, one cup of whipped coffee will account for a fifth of your recommended calorie intake.

Every cup of Dalgona coffee contains nearly four hundred calories, which is, no matter which way you look at the numbers, a lot.

Again, with a little forethought and careful planning, it’s possible to cut the number of calories that a cup of whipped coffee contains in half.

The easiest way to slice through the calorie count in a cup of whipped coffee is by swapping the sugar that you’re using to make it for a natural sweetener like monk fruit or stevia instead.

But that isn’t the only way that you chop the calories count in half.

You could also try using soya milk or skimmed milk rather than whole milk. Switching your milk will have a drastic effect on the number of calories that your whipped coffee contains.

It’s a simple substitution that won’t affect the taste but will help you to keep the pounds off while still enjoying a daily dose of whipped coffee. 

How Do You Make Whipped Coffee Less Bitter?

Whipped coffee shouldn’t really be all that bitter, as the ingredients have been designed to create a perfect balance between the bitterness of the coffee and the sweetness of the sugar.

But due to the fact the dalgona coffee recipe uses several spoons of instant coffee, it is possible that it will taste bitter. And if it does, there are a couple of things you could try to reduce its bitterness.

First try using a different instant coffee. Every coffee has a strength rating on the side of its jar, so you could try using a medium roast instant brand like this one to make your whipped coffee, which should have an effect on the bitterness of your brew.

If that doesn’t work, you could also try increasing the amount of sugar that you use to make your coffee.

By using more sugar, you’ll use less instant coffee, and if you use less coffee you’ll decrease the level of bitterness in your whipped coffee. 

Finally, you could try adding your favourite coffee syrup to your whipped coffee to reduce bitterness. Simply add a spoon of flavor to your whipped coffee blend before adding to your milk.

What Do You Do If Your Whipped Coffee Is Too Runny? 

As crazy as it sounds, the easiest way to save your whipped coffee if it isn’t whipping because the mix contains too much liquid, and is too runny to whip, is by putting it in your refrigerator for five minutes.

Even though it’s completely counter-intuitive and goes against just about every single coffee rule that we’ve all taken to heart, it really works and can save even the worst whipped coffee mixes from disaster. 

If cooling your mixture doesn’t work, you could always try using more coffee and sugar to soak up the additional liquid.

This should add volume and balance to your whipped coffee mix and snatch caffeine victory from the jaws of liquid defeat. 

The Final Whipped Word

So, now you know how to make whipped coffee and all the tips you need in order to make and fully enjoy and appreciate one of the strangest, tastiest coffees that we’ve ever encountered.

And like Devo, all that’s left for us to say is, whip it. Whip it real good. 

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Rachel Rodda

It's no surprise that as a former barista and founder of Creators of Coffee, I'm obsessed with all things coffee. I love to share easy and delicious coffee recipes, expert brewing tips and helpful coffee gear reviews with my fellow coffee lovers!

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