How to Make Dalgona Whipped Coffee? (Guide + Photos)

This drink was pretty popular in 2020, but it’s worth trying it out no matter if it’s trendy or not.

Dalgona coffee is also known as whipped/fluffy/beaten or Korean coffee. It’s usually made with instant coffee, sugar, a bit of water, ice cubes and milk.

In this post, I will share a guide on how to easily make this Dalgona beverage at home. I will also give you some cool whipped coffee ideas that you might enjoy as well.

So let’s get started.

How to Prepare Whipped Dalgona Coffee?


  • 2 teaspoons of instant coffee.
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  • 2 teaspoons of water (just so it covers the mixture of instant coffee and sugar).
  • Milk. I use 4 fl. oz. (120 milliliters) of milk for my homemade Dalgona coffee. For a vegan coffee drink, just use a plant-based alternative – your beverage will taste just as good.
  • Ice Cubes.

Equipment: Electric milk frother.

Instead of using a whisk and whipping by hand or beating your coffee mixture with a hand mixer in a bowl, I recommend getting one of these mini battery-operated devices.
Zulay milk frother
You can check this milk frother’s price on Amazon by clicking this link.

I like it as it’s rather inexpensive and I use it almost daily. By putting it to work it won’t take you 5 whole minutes to make just a single cup of Dalgona. You will prepare it in less than a minute instead and spare yourself some muscle cramps.

With a frother like this, you can also make your milk foamy in no time, so it’s perfect for those who like having fluffy coffee drinks.

It’s worth noting that there are also rechargeable drink mixers, such as this one by FoodVille.

Follow these steps to make whipped Dalgona coffee:

  1. Add 2 teaspoons of instant coffee to a tall cup.
  2. Make Dalgona coffee, step 1

  3. Add 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  4. Make Dalgona coffee, step 2

  5. Add a splash of room-temperature water so it covers the mixture of coffee and sugar.
  6. Make Dalgona coffee, step 3

  7. Use an electric milk frother or start whipping by hand with a whisk until thick foam forms. If you’re beating by hand it will take up to 5 minutes. If you use a battery-operated mini electric frother – not more than 50 seconds.
  8. Making Dalgona coffee, step 4

  9. Add ice cubes and milk to the cup in which you’re going to have your drink.
  10. Making Dalgona coffee, step 5

  11. Place the instant coffee foam on top of the milk by using a spoon.
  12. Making Dalgona coffee, step 6

I recommend whipping in a tall cup as this will prevent splashing drops of the mixture on other kitchen surfaces when using the frother.

If you want to make your fluffy drink by hand and you’re using a whisk, you should be beating the mixture in a bowl instead.

You should try making your Dalgona coffee with coconut or almond milk. The sweet foam layer compliments the nutty taste of plant-based milk surprisingly well.

You can add a few drops of food coloring liquid to the instant coffee before whipping it. This way you can have the fluffy foam colored in your favorite color.
purple instant coffee foam

Here’s a photo of a purple beaten coffee made in such a way and served in a glass cup:
Colorful purple Dalgona coffee

It’s worth noting, that I generally prefer whipping the instant coffee only for a bit. This way the top coffee layer isn’t as dry and it’s creamier and blends into the milk nicely.

Can You Make It With Ground Coffee?

Many people wonder whether Dalgona coffee can be made without instant coffee or sugar.

I am not a fan of instant powder myself, so I tried making a version of the beaten coffee by using an unsweetened espresso shot.

With the help of an electric milk frother, you can, in fact, make whipped Dalgona with ground instead of instant coffee.

The produced foam wouldn’t be as stable, compared to the foam that you’d get by using instant coffee.

Nevertheless, this is a perfect alternative for those who prefer using high-quality ground beans when making their fluffy Dalgona.

Here’s how you can make a Dalgona without instant coffee:

  1. Pull a lungo shot (2 fl oz, 60 ml).
  2. Pulling a lungo shot

  3. Pour it in a tall cup.
  4. Pouring espresso shot into a tall cup

  5. Use a mini electric frother until it the liquid foams.
  6. Whipping espresso shot

  7. Add ice cubes and milk to a glass.
  8. Adding ice cubes to a glass

  9. Place the frothed coffee on top of the milk with a spoon.
  10. Pour espresso coffee foam with a spoon

As I mentioned, the foam, made by whipping instant coffee is much more stable compared to the one made with the espresso shot.

You can also use coffee, made in your drip maker, pour-over device, or single-serving machine.

It doesn’t matter which brewing method you use, if you make your Dalgona without instant coffee, the airy foam will start to melt faster:
Dalgona whipped coffee, prepared with ground coffee beans

The coffee eventually gets mixed with the milk.

Nevertheless, the prominent Korean drink will have enough foam on top, even if you make it with ground coffee as seen on the photo below:

Foamy Korean Dalgona made with ground coffee

You can add sugar to your coffee before beating it if you want your foam sweetened.

Beetroot Red Velvet Dalgona

The Beetroot Red Velvet Dalgona is inspired by the beetroot latte recipes that are quite popular because of their appearance.

It’s made by adding a teaspoon of beetroot powder to the mixture of instant coffee, sugar, and water.

When making this red coffee beverage I use one teaspoon of instant coffee and a teaspoon of sugar.
Adding a teaspoon of beetroot powder to coffee
Then you continue on with the same steps as those of making regular Dalgona.
Whipping red beetroot dalgona coffee
After whipping you will get a fluffy dark red foam, which reminds me of a red velvet cake.
Red Velvet Dalgona Coffee
So I recommend trying this delicious treat, whenever you want to impress your guests with a cool-looking iced coffee beverage.

Final Words

Now that you know that there are other ways to make a cup of whipped Dalgona coffee at home, you can start experimenting.

Try coloring your foam, use plant-based milk, or don’t make it with instant coffee.

Drop me a comment below and tell me whether you liked the fluffy coffee recipes I shared.

Yield: 1 serving

Dalgona Coffee

Dalgona Coffee

The Dalgona coffee is also known as Whipped, Fluffy, Beaten, or Korean coffee. This is a sweet and delicious beverage, made with instant coffee powder, sugar, and milk.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons of instant coffee *
  • Water - a splash
  • Milk - 4 fl. oz.
  • Ice Cubes


  1. Pour instant coffee into a tall cup.
  2. Add the sugar.
  3. Add room-temperature water; just enough to cover the coffee and sugar mix.
  4. Whip until thick foam forms.
  5. Add ice cubes and milk to a glass.
  6. Place the fluffy instant coffee foam on top.


    *To make the drink within a minute use a hand drink mixer/milk frother. You can find it in the "Recommended Products" section

    *You can also make a Dalgona coffee with espresso, but the foam will be much lighter and unstable. Check out the post to see photos.

    *Add a teaspoon of beetroot powder to the mix of instant coffee and sugar to make an cool-looking Red Velvet Dalgona Coffee.

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