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How to Make Fluffy Frothy Whipped Coffee: Tips and Tricks for Making Dalgona Coffee

A three ingredient, pantry friendly way to have a picture perfect coffee when you can’t go out to a cute cafe.
Posted March 25, 2020 by Stephanie
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Dalgona coffee is having a moment. It’s viral on TikTok, trending on Twitter, and blowing up my insta feed. It’s pretty, it tastes good, and it’s probably the best way to to spend some time while you’re at home during the stay home covid campaign.

The best part about it is that you only need three ingredients, two of which you probably already have at home so that means no need to put in a delivery order or go to the grocery store. If you have instant coffee, sugar, and milk, you’re fluffy coffee ready. It’s super simple: mix equal parts coffee, sugar, and hot water, then whip until it turns into a luxe and silky thick creamy foam. Spoon it on to some iced milk (which is literally just milk with ice in it) then enjoy, no Starbucks run needed.

Dalgona coffee, fluffy coffee, frothy coffee, whipped coffee – whatever you want to call it, here are all your questions answered right here!

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What is dalgona coffee?
Dalgona coffee is a whipped frothy coffee that’s made from instant coffee and sugar, then put on milk. It’s called dalgona because the fluffy creamy coffee looks like dalgona candy, a candy from South Korea that’s just like honeycomb toffee or sponge toffee. You’ve probably eaten honeycomb toffee before, covered in chocolate. I haven’t had it in years but it’s good.

Where did dalgona coffee come from?
The popularity of dalgona coffee mostly stems from South Korea where it started trending because of social distancing/isolation. Everyone was stuck at home and Instagramming their daily lives and dalgona coffee caught on, probably because you don’t need much to make it and it’s really cute. Whipped coffee exists elsewhere in the world too – apparently it came to the Korea consciousness via a big Korean actor discovering it in Macau, but they also have it in India and Pakistan. Apparently it comes from Greece where a Nescafé guy figured out that instant Nescafé whips up nice. They call it frappe!

Do I have to use instant coffee?
Yes, it has to be instant coffee. There’s something about instant coffee crystals that creates the right frothy texture to whip up. You can use decaf too if you’re sensitive to caffeine – I’m pretty sure it’ll froth up the same way but I can’t guarantee it because we don’t have any decaf instant coffee at home. I used Nescafé – apparently Nescafé are the ones who invented frappe coffee so it’ll definitely work the best, but I have a friend who made it successfully with both Maxwell House and Starbucks instant espresso (although the espresso wasn’t as frothy).

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Do I have to use sugar?
Short answer, yes. Long answer, not really? The sugar really helps the instant coffee whip to a fluffy meringue-like texture that holds its shape for a while. But, I’ve also made it using stevia in the raw and that worked too (I assume other granulated sweeteners will as well), but it wasn’t as fluffy. If you’re really sensitive to sugar, you can reduce it down, just know that your fluff won’t be as fluffy.

Do I have to use a hand mixer?
You can use your arm muscles and a whisk, like I did. It didn’t take long at all, but maybe I have a lot of experience whipping cream and meringues. If you have a hand mixer, stand mixer, frother, or whisk you can make dalgona coffee.

Does it have to be iced milk?
You can use hot milk or iced, it’s up to you! I went with iced because it makes the milk go farther and I need to stretch out my milk for as long as possible because I’m literally frightened to go to the grocery store. You can also use evaporated milk (which comes in cans, perfect!), either watered down a bit or not.

What does it taste like?
It’s velvety and creamy and full of sweet coffee flavor. Kind of a like a non-icy frappuccino. It’s full of strong coffee flavors and pretty darn sweet. But if you’re not so concerned about getting that picture perfect fluffy cap, you can ease up on the amount of fluffy coffee you put on top of your milk.

Hope you guys give this a try. I absolutely loved it when I made it with just 1 teaspoon of coffee and 1 teaspoon of sugar. As long as you go with equal parts coffee, sugar, and water, you can make the fluffy coffee of your dreams. In the recipe below I kept it at 2 tablespoons of each and made 2 coffees, but feel free to adjust as needed.

Stay safe and healthy at home :)

PS – If you’ve been having trouble whipping the coffee, try doubling the recipe, you might need more volume for you mixer to properly froth.


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Dalgona Coffee

Dalgona coffee, fluffy coffee, frothy coffee, whipped coffee - whatever you want to call it, it’s an easy 3 ingredient recipe for picture perfect coffee when you can’t go out to a cute cafe
Serves 2
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 5 mins


  • 2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp very hot water
  • 2 glasses milk with ice cubes


  • Bring small pot of water to a boil.
  • While the water’s coming to a boil, make the dalgona coffee fluff: In a bowl, mix together the instant coffee and sugar.
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  • Once the water comes to a boil, carefully add 2 tablespoons of the hot water to the coffee sugar mix and whisk or use a hand mixer to whip until light and frothy.
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  • Fill two glasses with ice and pour in the milk.
  • Top the glasses with equal amounts of the fluffy coffee. Stir throughly before enjoying!
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  1. Dennis says:

    Just because you only mention Korea, India and Pakistan – I believe this was invented by Nescafe in Greece in 1957. I know this as Frappé coffee and it is very popular in Greece. See the Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frapp%C3%A9_coffee

    1. Stephanie says:

      thanks for the info!

  2. heather says:

    are you in the subtle asian cooking group on fb? they received so many dalgona coffee post submissions that they had to stop accepting them lol

    1. Stephanie says:

      lololol i don’t facebook >_<

  3. Lauren says:

    What instant coffee did you use?

    1. Stephanie says:

      it was nescafé!

  4. Chloe says:

    i literally did everything the same but its just not getting fluffy at all!!! what could be my mistake? ugh

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi chloe,
      did you use a hand mixer? what kind of instant coffee did you use? what kind of sugar? was your water boiling hot?

      1. Nikki says:

        Mine didn’t get very fluffy at all either! I was using a hand mixer, boiling water, and just regular granulated sugar. Any tips or ideas why you it didn’t get fluffy??

        1. Stephanie says:

          was the hand mixer completely submerged in the coffee mix?

    2. C says:

      I had the same problem. Using powdered sugar (instead of granulated) made mine much thicker and whipped up much quicker!

  5. Eseosa says:

    Can you use instant cappuccino cause i dont have any other instant coffee.

    1. Eseosa says:

      Or can i use cocoa, btw i love your recipes.

      1. Stephanie says:

        ooh i haven’t tried with cocoa, that sounds amazing :)
        thanks for the kind words!

    2. Stephanie says:

      i haven’t tried but i hear it’ll foam up but maybe not as much.

  6. jan says:

    can u substitute soymilk?

    1. Stephanie says:


  7. mama_rc says:

    I did exactly as instructed and even used an electric hand mixer, but it’s still not whipped. I even mixed it for an additional 15 mins and I gave up 😞

    1. Stephanie says:

      what kind of instant coffee was it?

      1. mama_arce says:

        Folgers Classic Medium Roast Instant Coffee

        1. Stephanie says:

          what did you whip it in?

          1. Mama_rc says:

            Like the bowl? It was in my glass bowl

          2. Stephanie says:

            did you measure out the two tablespoons of boiling hot water or did you eyeball it?

          3. mama_rc says:

            I used a measuring spoon to measure all 3 ingredients

          4. Stephanie says:

            i’m not sure how to trouble shoot it with you! how old is your instant coffee?

          5. mama_rc says:

            I just bought it the day I tried to make it, I bought what I needed specifically to make it 😅 I’ll give it another go this time I will use the regular whisk not electric mixer and see if that makes a difference. Thank you!

          6. Stephanie says:

            please let me know if it works!

          7. Erik says:

            My daughter did this in a metal mixing bowl with espresso that is like 7 years old and cold water. It worked great. Now she is trying with cocoa

        2. Amanda Gallt says:

          I wonder if it’s Folgers because mine don’t whip either?

      2. Ashley says:

        I did this and at first I didnt think it was whipping, but after 15 minutes it became nice and thick!

        1. Stephanie says:

          yay! happy that it worked for you :)
          sometimes when there’s a small amount of liquid it takes longer to whip :)

  8. Sabrina says:

    fun way to make coffee, thank you, even if I go with the less frothy stevia version, good to know that works too!

  9. Samantha says:

    Do you think it would work with instant espresso powder?

    1. Stephanie says:

      i haven’t tried but i think it might?

    2. Dee says:

      I just made it with espresso powder and it turned out perfectly

  10. Sam says:

    I will make one with the Nescafe Gold and Steviana. How much steviana should I use?

    1. Stephanie says:

      i would use as much as you use to regularly sweeten your coffee :)

      1. Sam says:

        I tried it twice and it won’t get frothy. Does the type or amount of sugar affect it? What do you think I should do?

        1. Stephanie says:

          the type of sugar definitely makes it more or less frothy. if you want it as frothy as the photo you need to use the full 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar.

  11. Amy says:

    IAM. In Brownsville texas. So bored. I can’t work can’t workout. So I’m going to try this coffee it looks so good

    1. Lunny says:

      Hi Amy, why can’t you workout? You can use bottles of water as weights, books as a stepper or try hundreds of exercises which don’t require any tools at all. Good luck!

  12. Emma Shockley says:

    Ok so I used Maxwell house instant coffee and I mixed and put the exact ingredients as you said and I’ve been mixing for almost 30 min

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi emma,
      hmm, not sure why it won’t fluff up. i had someone use maxwell house and it worked great. did it get frothy at all?

  13. Charles says:

    Made it as written. It was delicious.

    1. Stephanie says:

      glad you liked it!

  14. megan says:

    i loved this! But it didn’t whip for me for a long time :(. My instant coffee from starbucks so i gave up after a little while. Any tips?

    1. Stephanie says:

      how much instant coffee did you measure out? was it the full 2 tablespoons plus 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of water?

  15. Ava says:

    Can u use Maxwell House French Vanilla Iced Latte??

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi ava,
      i haven’t tried, so i’m not sure. let me know how it goes!

  16. Darlene says:

    Hi ! So I successfully made it but is it normal to still have large chunks of sugar in the foam? It didn’t fully dissolve :( not sure if I did anything wrong :(

    1. Stephanie says:

      the sugar should have dissolved in the hot water at the beginning :)

  17. Ayesha says:

    I was wonderimg if the leftover could possibly be stored for use later? I mean if i us ethis recipe, 1 tbsp coffee is a lot for one cup of coffee so can i usevhalf and store the other half in the fridge for later? How long do you it’ll last?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi, you can but it might not be as fluffy anymore. not too sure how long it’ll last, maybe 1 hour?

  18. Bruce says:

    This worked great! I’ve made it twice, first with 1:1 instant coffee to sugar ratio and then again with half the amount of sugar since it was too sweet for me at first. It was surprising how good instant coffee can be!

    The second time I also attached a mini whisk to a drill to make it easier on my arms!

  19. lee says:

    I don’t have instant coffee but I do have regular ground coffee. I know you said you ‘have’ to use instant, but how do you think the texture/consistency would turn out if I did decide to try this with ground coffee instead? Thanks :)

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi lee,
      it definitely won’t work with regular ground coffee

  20. Chelsea says:

    This is awesome! I was skeptical because I usually think instant coffee is gross, but the sugar definitely balances it out. I used warm almond milk, and tried both regular sugar and a mix of erythritol and xylitol and both turned out pretty well. I liked the sugar flavor better but they weren’t too different in consistency. I did it by hand but I would try a hand mixer next time to see if I can get it fluffier. Thank you for sharing!

  21. Sarah says:

    Do you think I could double the sugar? Would it affect the thickening?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi sarah, you can definitely double it you might want to add a bit more water :)

  22. Nahed Squires says:

    I first encountered this frappé coffee in Cyprus. Nescafé and a bit of cold water whipped made with a milk shake stand or hand held whip. When you have all the foam you need, add cold milk. No need for sugar.

  23. Love shayari says:

    We just made that last week, too! 🙂

  24. Vi says:

    How Long can you keep the whipped dalgona coffee ?

    1. Stephanie says:

      i made some yesterday and it is still fluffy today! so i think it’s safe to say for a day :)

  25. Karri Kroeger says:

    Ne d to add the water slowly to get it to thicken. Turned out great on third try.

    1. Stephanie says:

      thanks for the tip karri!

  26. Mandy says:

    Hi!! I used Folgers instant coffee, it did not turn out well at all.. it tastes really bitter and weird.. is this right?! I feel like it’s supposed to be sweet :(

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi mandy,
      it is A LOT of coffee so if you’re not a huge coffee drinker you’ll probably find it too bitter. feel free to add more sugar :)

  27. Sophie says:

    hi, i use nescafe’s instant coffee packets and im not getting it to become thicker and fluffier. i had to add another packet in to make it thick, but it wont become fluffy even after i mixed it for 20 min :(

    i use an electric hand mixer, a normal bowl, two tablespoons of boiling hot water, and 2 tablespoons of normal sugar.

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