Amanda Norcross • July 22, 2021
Dalgona coffee, better known as whipped coffee, may be one of the easiest coffee drinks to make at home—so easy, in fact, that it only calls for four ingredients (three of which you probably already have) and doesn't even require a coffee maker! Read on to learn all about whipped coffee—including its origin and our best recipe for making it at home.
Dalgona coffee, also called whipped coffee, consists of equal parts instant coffee (yes, instant coffee!), hot water, and sugar, plus milk.
Granulated sugar works best, but other sugars such as brown sugar and coconut sugar are okay to use. You can also use sugar substitutes such as Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener, SweetLeaf, Pyure, and Swerve; just know that the consistency of your Dalgona coffee probably won't be as thick and fluffy as it could be if you used regular sugar.
Any type of milk or plant-based alternative works well for whipped coffee.
The chilled coffee drink—made popular by TikTok in 2020—is inspired by Dalgona, a street food in Korea. But Dalgona coffee doesn't actually have Dalgona in it, and instead tastes like the honeycomb toffee-like candy.
It's pronounced "Dal-go-nah" in English and literally translates to "it's sweet."
If you decide to share a photo or video of the finished product on TikTok (or Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest), be sure to tag #BeanBox! Then stir up your drink and enjoy!
While we always recommend freshly ground, specialty coffee, Dalgona coffee requires instant coffee. And since ground coffee and instant coffee are very different—instant coffee dissolves in water, whereas ground coffee does not—ground coffee can't be used in this recipe. If you use single-brew pods such as K-Cups, note that these are considered ground coffee and won't work for whipped coffee, either.