How to Make Whipped Coffee; The Viral TikTok Treat

If you’ve been spending isolation locked into social media, chances are you would have come across whipped coffee. The fluffy, meringue-like iced beverage is all over TikTok and Instagram, particularly as people find new and inventive ways to attack whatever is left in the cupboard. With sneaky trips to Starbucks essentially out, people are being forced to figure out how to make their own iced frappe and mochaccino creations at home, to varying degrees of success. It’s been a bitter pill to swallow for some. The team at Man of Many, for example, operates on a healthy combination of caffeine and confidence, so the old instant coffee doesn’t really cut it. We’ve been raking our brains thinking of different ways to make the Nescafe Blend 43 stand out, and it turns out the answer was in our kitchen cabinets the whole time. So, what is whipped coffee?

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What is Whipped Coffee?

Essentially, whipped coffee is the exact opposite of a latte. Rather than spooning frothy milk on top of espresso, you whip the coffee (which we will explain later) and pour it on top of milk. Despite whipped coffee effectively popping up out of nowhere in the last few weeks, the drink has actually been around for a long time.

The creamy, four-ingredient concoction is native to South Korea, where locals have been brewing it as an alternative for iced-coffee and iced-tea. In its home country, whipped coffee is actually known as Dalgona coffee, or ppopgi in Korean, which loosely translates to “honeycomb toffee”. Many Koreans would remember Dalgona coffee as a treat from their childhood, as it is readily sold by street vendors and small shops. Dalgona sold on South Korean streets resembles large lollipops and is usually assembled in familiar shapes, such as stars or hearts. The aim is to eat the Dalgona around the outline without breaking the shape in the middle.

For Americans, Dalgona coffee has a strange and sordid history. After recognising the popularity of the treat in South Korea during the 1970s and 80s, American fast-food giant McDonald’s gave it a red-hot crack. The brand released its own version of whipped coffee in 1988.

Why is Everyone Making Whipped Coffee?

More recently, whipped coffee has been making the rounds on social media thanks to the coronavirus lockdown. The craze first kicked off in late January, according to Google Trends, before exploding in popularity towards the end of February, when a Korean YouTuber posted a now-viral, ASMR-style video of how to make the creamy drink. The hypnotic clip has racked up more than 3.5 million views online, ensuring whipped coffee has its place in the contemporary cookbook. Since then, anyone and everyone has been hitting up TikTok to share their attempts at the iced beverage. In fact, there are so many Dalgona coffee videos on the platform, it’s now being referred to as TikTok coffee.

Dalgona Coffee Ingredients

One of the major reasons why whipped coffee is causing such a stir online is because it is incredibly easy to make. Unlike other cold-brew and pressed coffee options, you don’t need a coffee machine, barista qualification or chemistry degree to figure this one out. In fact, you don’t even need real coffee beans. All you need to make whipped coffee is;

  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee;
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar;
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water;
  • a pinch of cinnamon; and
  • 1 cup milk of choice.

That’s it. Whipped coffee (or TikTok coffee) is super simple in terms of ingredients; the real art is in the method.

Whipped Coffee Recipe

  1. Add the coffee, sugar and boiling water in a bowl.
  2. Begin to mix, using either a hand or stand mixer, slowly increasing velocity.
  3. Whip the entire mixture for around 2 minutes, continuously scraping the mixture from the sides and whipping any elements that have been missed.
  4. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and be sure to taste your concoction. It’s important to note that the mixture will be extremely strong, but that’s fine, you will be diluting it down with the milk. Should the mixture be too bitter, you can always add extra sugar.
  5. Fill a tall glass with milk. For this mixture, you can use any alternative milk you’d like, whether it be oat, almond or soy, however, you can’t go past regular full-cream.
  6. Add ice cubes, then spoon the whipped coffee on top.

Most TikTok coffee videos involve ice and cold beverages, however, you can also use this method to make a warm whipped coffee. Simply remove the ice, and lightly warm the milk prior to adding the coffee.

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Tips for the Best TikTok Coffee

If you want to make the best TikTok coffee out there, there are a few things you should definitely take note of. Most importantly, be sure to use granulated sugar, rather than sugar alternatives or natural sweeteners. Granulated sugar will dissolve more consistently, making it easier to mix. At the same time, you could definitely make whipped coffee without sugar, however, the process is very time consuming and involves a lot more whipping. The sugar version will maintain its fluffiness for hours, whereas the non-sugar variation will fall quite quickly.

As mentioned above, this whipped coffee recipe involves instant coffee, meaning you can crack out the Blend 43 and be on your way. If you do want to elevate your mixture, or you consider yourself a bit of a coffee snob, you could easily substitute the instant for your favourite local bean.

While whipped coffee is definitely the drink of 2020, it doesn’t have to stop there. You can use the fluffy mixture as a brownie topper, cocktail garnish or as a side for a warm slice of cake of chocolate muffin. Perfect for the sweet tooth amongst us. Getting whipping fam.


yes i hand whisked this whipped coffee for like 20 mins bc my mommy wanted to try it ? she loved it!! (??? ??) #korean #fyp #aesthetic

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Still have questions? We’ve got you covered.

General FAQ

Do you need instant coffee to make whipped coffee?

Instant coffee is not a requirement of whipped coffee, but the most simple methods involve instant coffee, sugar and hot water.

What does Dalgona coffee taste like?

Once you’ve put the drink together, whipped coffee or Dalgona coffee has a sweet flavour and texture that is creamy.

Can you use cream instead of milk in coffee?

Yes. Not only does cream have a texture that more evenly distributes the milk proteins, but it is often noted as having a better taste.