How to Whip Up Dalgona Coffee at Home

How to Whip Up Dalgona Coffee at Home

This Whipped Coffee is Your New Favorite Summer Drink

Scroll through Instagram, Pinterest, or Tik Tok, and you’re guaranteed to see Dalgona coffee. The frothy concoction hails from Korea, and consists of instant coffee, sugar, water, and milk, mixed together vigorously. What results is a fluffy coffee topping, dolloped over milk for a sweet summery drink. Of course, we tried whipping up a Dalgona coffee for ourselves. Read on to discover our tips for becoming a home barista and joining in on this coffee craze.

History of Dalgona

Though Dalgona coffee itself gained popularity from a viral Korean video, the history of the whipped drink is somewhat disputed. Dalgona has many international cousins, including the Greek frappe, Pakistani phitti hui coffee, and the Libyan cappuccino. While the Greek frappe is traditionally shaken (not stirred), all of these blends mix instant coffee, sugar, and water to create a frothy blend.

Keys to a Perfect Dalgona

Though some home baristas have experimented with different combinations of the core ingredients, there is a golden ratio: two tablespoons each of coffee, sugar, and hot water. You’ll want to make sure you’re using a powdered coffee – both instant coffee and espresso powder will work. Similarly, granulated sugar should be your go-to for this recipe; liquid versions of either coffee or sugar won’t produce that pillow-top froth that you’re looking for.

Another tip? Unless you’re looking for an arm workout, use a hand mixer, if you’ve got one. Though you can make Dalgona coffee by hand whisking, it’s likely to take you at least 10 minutes – and many have reported that it takes longer.

Once you’ve spooned your whipped coffee onto your milk and snapped a photo, we recommend mixing it up for drinking for the perfect balance of flavors. Plus, keep in mind that this mix is strong – two tablespoons of instant coffee is six times the normal serving! Thankfully, the froth does keep in the fridge for about two days, so if you’re not sure you can handle six cups of coffee in one, you can make a batch and save it for later.



  1. Combine hot water, coffee, and sugar. Mix well until soft peaks form.
  2. Pour milk into a cup, leaving space at the top.
  3. Generously dollop whipped coffee on top of your milk.
  4. Mix and enjoy.
  5. SANTÉ!

~ Original article and recipe courtesy of our friends at Civilized Coffee Co. 

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