After seeing dalgona coffee, AKA whipped coffee, all over the internet, we of course had to jump in and try it ourselves! After a few sips, we were hooked – but also curious about how we could make this tasty coffee drink even better – and more accessible to folks who might not have the key ingredients on hand.

dalgona coffee - glass of iced milk topped with frothy whipped coffee on a marble surface

While the dalgona coffee recipe at its core is super simple (water, coffee, and sugar), we’ve spent days in the kitchen whipping up (quite literally) as many variations of those three ingredients as we could think of, and we’re here to share our findings and answer all of the “Will it work with [insert type of coffee/sugar here]?” questions that you have!

Testing Whipped Coffee Methods

We tested instant coffee, PLUS 7 other coffee options, each with granulated sugar, coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup, stevia, monk fruit sweetener, and no sweetener at all. To keep things consistent, we used an electric hand-mixer for exactly 2 minutes for each of the trials.

8 variations of dalgona coffee in glass cups on a marble surface

What types of coffee work best?

Our basic formula was 2 teaspoons instant coffee + 2 teaspoons granulated sugar OR 1 ½ teaspoons liquid sweetener + 2 teaspoons boiling water. Below you’ll find the results of all the coffee types we tried!

  • Regular instant coffee – we found that this is your best bet for fluffy, frothy whipped coffee!
  • Decaf instant coffee – decaf worked just as well as regular instant coffee.
  • Instant espresso – Espresso powder makes a slightly frothier, stickier whipped coffee that also tastes great.
  • Four Sigmatic Pouches – These have a strong flavor, but they do whip well with all sweeteners!
  • Starbucks VIA Instant Coffee – These behaved just like regular instant coffee!
  • Strong Brewed Coffee and espresso – Strong brewed coffee and espresso did NOT work for this recipe. We found that you really need to use a dry/powdered coffee for good results.

Can you make whipped coffee with matcha instead?

We found that matcha won’t whip on its own when combined with water and sugar. For whipped matcha, you’ll need to either whip 2 tablespoons of aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas) OR one egg white until frothy, then add the sugar (2 teaspoons) and whip until stiff. Whisk the matcha powder in until incorporated and dollop over iced milk!

What types of sweeteners work best?

Once we nailed down what types of coffee work best, we also wanted to try different sweeteners! Below is a comparison of every sweetener type.

  • Granulated Sugar – Granulated sugar is what the original dalgona coffee recipe uses, and we found that it produces a reliable, frothy whipped coffee!
  • Pure Maple Syrup – This was our winner in terms of both fluff and flavor!
  • Honey – This produced the frothiest coffee, but had a strong honey flavor.
  • Monk Fruit – Monk fruit created a slightly less frothy whipped coffee, but we found that it was comparable to granulated sugar. This is our pick if you want a sugar-free sweetener here!
  • Coconut Sugar – We found coconut sugar was harder to work with than granulated sugar, it created a darker, less fluffy whipped coffee that fell quickly.
  • Stevia – We found that stevia created a darker, more frothy than fluffy result.
  • No Sweetener – Without sweetener, the mixture will fluff slightly, but will flatten quickly. Sweetener is key to a full whipped coffee experience!
dalgona coffee on a beater on a marble surface

What is the best whipping method?

Lastly, in our pursuit to be as thorough as possible, we tested three different tools for whipping: a hand whisk, a milk frother, and an electric hand mixer. Don’t give up if you aren’t getting fluff! If you hit the 5 minute mark (after high-speed consistent mixing/whisking), then there could be an unseen variable at play: altitude, temperature, or age of the sugar or coffee. Below you’ll find our test results!

  • Hand Whisk – This method works well, but it takes a lot of elbow grease! You’ll need to whisk your coffee for about 3-5 minutes for a good result.
  • Electric Mixer – This is hands-down our favorite whipping method! In 2-3 minutes, you’ll have perfect whipped coffee, with little mess.
  • Stand Mixer – The stand mixer produces equally as great results as an electric mixer, but given the choice we’d choose the electric mixer because it is less clean up!
  • Milk Frother – We found that using a coffee frother created a big, splattery mess and it didn’t froth the coffee as well!

Our Top Takeaways

Here are our takeaways from our whipped coffee tests:

  • Fluffiest whip: decaf!
  • Most reliable sweetener: maple syrup (with ANY instant powder)
  • Thickest/creamiest whip: honey, but the flavor is very distinct
  • Longest time to whip into a fluff (about 5 minutes with an electric hand mixer): coconut sugar
  • Least stable fluff: no sweetener (black), or stevia (it’ll whip in 3-4 minutes, but will flatten quickly)
  • Collagen powder: whipping the collagen with the instant coffee weighs-down the fluff, resulting in a texture that’s VERY similar to melted ice cream! It’s great…just different. If you want collagen in your coffee, we’d recommend stirring it in with your milk instead!
dalgona coffee - glass of iced milk topped with frothy whipped coffee on a marble surface

Our Foolproof Whipped Coffee Recipe

After making about 200 cups of Dalgona coffee collectively, we’ve decided that this combination is the winner:

  • 2 teaspoons organic instant coffee
  • 2 teaspoons PURE (the good stuff!)  maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons HOT (doesn’t have to be actively boiling) water

Mix the instant coffee, maple syrup, and hot water with a hand mixer for 3 full minutes, then spoon over 1 cup crushed ice + 1 cup whole organic GF milk. Give it a good stir and enjoy with a metal reusable straw!

Troubleshooting Tips

Finally, here are a few tips to solve some common dalgona coffee problems!

  • It’s too strong. Milk, milk, milk! Stir that coffee into at least a half cup of milk (both dairy and non-dairy work great!) before enjoying it.
  • It isn’t getting lighter in color. We found that the versions we tested with less sugar (or none at all) didn’t lighten quite as much. If you’re looking for that picture-perfect caramel color, you’ll need to have equal parts instant coffee + sugar.
  • It isn’t fluffing. Make sure you’re moving your hand mixer in a circular motion and keeping that mixer moving for at least 2 minutes straight.
  • It’s splattering + making a mess. We found that using the correct bowl size was the best way to avoid a mess. It needs to be small enough for the instant coffee, sugar, and water mixture to not be too spread out. It also needs high enough walls to contain the splatter, as some of it is unavoidable. Also, our powerful milk frother made a MUCH larger mess than the hand mixer.
What is whipped coffee?

Simply put, whipped coffee is equal parts instant coffee, sugar, and water, whipped (either by hand with a whisk or with an electric hand mixer) and dolloped overtop milk of your choice. You can enjoy it hot (just steam your milk) or cold (add some crushed ice to your milk), and with several different sweeteners (see below).

Where does dalgona coffee come from?

First thing’s first: where did this coffee come from, and why is it all of a sudden so popular?! Long story short, it isn’t new, even if this is the first you’re hearing of it. Whipped coffee has roots in India, Pakistan, Macau, and Greece, though under a different name in each location. Whipped coffee, pheti hui coffee, Greek frappe, beaten coffee, and dalgona coffee are all names that describe this frothy concoction (though each region’s exact method/recipe varies just a bit). So, if it isn’t new, why is it surging in popularity now? WELL, in January of this year, an episode of a Korean show (called Pyunstorang), in which actor Jung Il-Woo traveled to Macau, happened upon the whipped coffee, tried it, and gave it the nickname “dalgona” (because it reminded him of a Korean toffee-like candy with the same name) aired on TV, and the rest will go down in quarantine history!

How is whipped coffee different from a Greek frappe?

Greek frappe, another whipped coffee concoction, is super similar to Dalgona coffee and actually dates back to 1957 Greece. Dimitris Vakondios, a Nescafe representative, was at the International Trade Fair in the Greek city of Thessaloniki and accidentally created the drink by mixing coffee + water in a shaker. What a happy accident! The biggest differences between a Greek frappe and Dalgona coffee are the milk base and the amount of water used. While Dalgona coffee calls for equal parts water, instant coffee, and sugar whipped and poured over milk, Greek frappes are made with cold water + ice poured into the finished instant coffee, sugar, water whip with an optional splash of milk to finish.

Who gets the credit for creating whipped coffee?

It’s hard to say! This frothy coffee concoction has been enjoyed in Greece, India, Pakistan, and Macau (among others, we’re sure) for a long time. We know it dates back to at least 1957 Greece, but it may have been around before then! We give credit for the dalgona coffee version to Macau (where Jung Il-Woo tried it) and South Korea for airing it on TV. TikTok and the rest of the social media realm get some credit for the quick spread of intrigue. Lastly, we’ve got to give a little bit of credit to the quarantine – when else would people from all over the world take the time to experiment + share this whipped creation?! We feel a little bit like Oprah here, but we’re handing out a bit of credit to everyone!

What is the best way to drink whipped coffee?

Once you’ve achieved that perfect fluffy whip, dollop it on top of a glass of crushed ice + milk. We’ve found that about 1 cup of crushed ice and 1 cup of milk (ANY milk works…use your favorite!) makes for the perfect, not-too-strong whipped coffee. Give your coffee a good stir (stirring together the whip + milk) before drinking! If you feel like your coffee is too strong, don’t be afraid to add more milk!

Can you use regular coffee for whipped coffee?

Unfortunately, no. We tried every which way to get regular coffee to froth up like instant does, but didn’t have any luck. If you want to make whipped coffee, instant is your best bet!

Does it save well for later?

Surprisingly, it does! It’ll need to be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, and will last for about 2 days. This worked best with white sugar, maple syrup, or honey. Feel free to triple the recipe to save some time each morning. We recommend making your triple-batch of whipped coffee in a 12-ounce mason jar, using a third of the whip for your morning coffee, and then throwing the lid on the mason jar and sticking it in the fridge. That way, you don’t have to transfer it from bowl to airtight container (although you totally can). Do note that your saved whip may separate a little bit (the coffee “water” will pool at the bottom of the fluff), but if you give it a stir, it will come back together.

Ultimate Whipped Coffee

5 — Votes 17 votes
By Amber Goulden
Prep: 3 minutes
Total: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
After testing many whipped coffee variations, we found that this simple 3-ingredient recipe creates the best whipped coffee!


  • 2 teaspoons organic instant coffee
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons hot or boiling water
  • Milk or milk alternative for serving


  • Add the instant coffee, maple syrup, and hot water to a bowl and whip with a hand mixer for 3 full minutes, until a light brown, fluffy whip forms on top.
  • Spoon the coffee mixture over hot or cold milk, then mix and serve!


Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 102mg | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Additional Info

Course: Drink
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 45
Keyword: dalgona coffee, whipped coffee

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  1. 5 stars
    You guys are the best! This was so helpful and made it so easy! Just made a cup this morning using four sigmatics and maple syrup. Delicious!!!

    1. So glad you love it, Carly!! Maple syrup is our favorite sweetener for whipped coffee!

  2. 5 stars
    This was so helpful! Thank you for experimenting for us! I’ve heard that people are using cocoa or hot chocolate mix to make a chocolate version that’s coffee free, and I’m wondering if you’ve tried that as well.

    1. We haven’t tried whipping cocoa or hot chocolate mix…I’ve heard that neither whip very well though. I know a lot of folks are mixing cocoa powder into the milk and then dolloping the whipped coffee on top to make a mocha…sounds delicious!

  3. The recipe calls for one cup ice and one cup milk but in the helpful suggestions re: strength it says to make sure you mix it with a half cup milk. Is the coffee mixture enough for two people to enjoy mixed with a half cup milk?

    1. Our favorite way to drink it is with a cup of milk. Some people prefer a half cup if they want a stronger coffee taste. Totally up to you, but we wouldn’t recommend using any less than a half cup!

  4. I tried so hard and could get mine to whip! I’m trying with another recipe that calls for 2 tablespoons each instead of teaspoons so hoping that works!

    1. Oh no! Some tips that come to mind first – make sure that the vessel you’re whipping in is small enough so that the instant coffee, sugar, water mixture isn’t too spread out (I tried in a cereal bowl first and even that was too large…a mason jar has worked well for me), make sure the water you’re using is hot (doesn’t have to be boiling) enough to dissolve the sugar, and try using an electric hand mixer if you haven’t already! 2-3 minutes of consistent high-speed hand mixing should do the trick! If you still aren’t getting a fluff, then there could be an unseen variable at play: altitude, temperature, or age of the sugar or coffee.

  5. Happy to report this works relatively well with instant herbal coffee, too! I think I still need to work on my mixing technique, and the end result was so sweet it have me a headache. Next time I’m going to experiment with the egg white method using gelatin, and see if I can use it to decrease the sugar somehow.

    1. So good to know!! Let us know how your next attempt goes!

  6. This was delicious, so glad I didn’t give up after an unsuccessful attempt. Takeaways: the instant packet wasn’t enough volume to get a fluffy consistency for me, even after 5 minutes of electric whisking. I’m at a higher altitude (5700ft). I found my best combo to be instant coffee that is granulated (not microground/aka Starbucks), and using about 1/8 cup of the coffee/water/maple syrup combo. The second time I made it, the singlular whisk attachment on my immersion blender stick got me a fluffy consistency in less than 2 minutes. Great either way, thanks for sharing the recipe variations!

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience, Michele! So glad you enjoyed it!

  7. 5 stars
    This took a ton of work and time. Thank you for working all this out for us!

  8. So helpful! Loving my whipped matcha! Thanks for all the tips. I used maple syrup, egg white and my stand mixer and it turned out perfectly. I tried with my milk frothed first (I know you said it wouldn’t work and I should’ve listened but was trying for less mess to clean up ‍♀️) it didn’t work. Stand mixer for the win. I don’t have a hand mixer.

    1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying your whipped matcha, Katlyn!

  9. Two Qs. Did you try it with reduced sugar at all? I usually don’t sweeten my coffee. May get monk fruit. And recommendations on which Monk Fruit?

    1. We tried using no sweetener at all, and it did fluff but flattened pretty quickly. We had success with Lakanto monk fruit sweetener!

  10. Oh my heavens. This is the best thing to come out of quarantine! Thanks for your diligent testing of all the combos!

  11. 5 stars
    Just tried this for the first time ever (had to jump on that wagon!) and your research and tips were so useful, success first time around! I didn’t really want to try this before because I didn’t want that much white sugar (I drink my coffee black), but I tried instant decaf with maple syrup, and it whipped up a dream (hand mixed!) in less than a minute. I think I will try the matcha next (too much of a black coffee drinker but for a change this was great) – thanks for also including that. Anychance this could work with cacao/hot chocolate?

    1. I’m so glad you found this article useful, Linda! We haven’t tried it with cacao or hot chocolate, but others have reported that it doesn’t fluff like instant coffee does. You could stir cacao powder into the milk + do the maple and instant coffee whip on top for a mocha!

  12. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for posting this! I have tried it and loved it but thought id give maple syrup a try…Its better than the other one! Thank you for putting in the work so that people like me can enjoy it!

    1. So glad you loved the maple syrup version, Cory!! It’s our favorite!

  13. 5 stars
    I used my ninja coffee bar milk frother and it whipped great without a huge mess. I just did one serving size in a coffee mug.
    This is such a great thorough post!! I can’t wait to try it with maple syrup now!