Dalgona Whipped Coffee

This beautiful, striking-looking coffee in which the layers are reversed combines the satisfaction of concocting something for yourself at home while simultaneously creating an aesthetically pleasing drink. 

Instead of having the milk or foam on the top, you’ve got the coffee foam on top and the milk on bottom.

And all you will need are three ingredients: milk, sugar, and instant coffee powder. Oh, and water!

And if you’d like your drink chilled — ice cubes.

But if you don’t like or can’t have coffee, you can make it with either matcha powder (green tea powder) or cocoa powder as well. You can watch me make all three here

The topping by itself is also quite versatile — you can use it as a frosting for cakes and cupcakes as it is similar in texture to a meringue. You can watch me whip some up to use as cupcake frosting here.

And the process of making it is simplicity itself.  You just take some cold water, instant coffee powder and sugar, and whip it up.

No eggs, no dairy — simply magic. 

Now what we are calling Dalgona coffee originates in Macao, India, and Pakistan where it is known as whipped coffee. More recently it was popularized in South Korea by an actor named Jung ll-woo who tasted it in Macao and said that it had flavors of Dalgona (a sweet treat you can find in Korea.)

Caramelized sugar and a bit of baking soda give Dalgona the texture of honeycomb or sea foam. I made a version of it — called karumeyaki in Japanese — here.

For my Dalgona whipped coffee I used the LA Times recipe, here.

Finally, you can read more about the Dalgona cultural phenomenon here and here.

All right, let’s get to the recipe!

Glass of milk with Dalgona whipped coffee on top.

Dalgona Whipped Coffee

Instant Coffee Powder 4 Ingredient Magic
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course beverages, Coffee Break
Cuisine Korean
Servings 1 person
Calories 128 kcal


  • Hand mixer (or whisk)
  • mixing bowl


  • 2 tbsp instant coffee crystals
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp hot water


  • To a mixing bowl, add instant coffee crystals and sugar.
  • Add hot water.
  • With hand mixer, beat until mixture turns foamy. (The foam should turn lighter as it is whipped.)
  • Scrape down sides of bowl to make sure everything gets incorporated.
  • Add Dalgona mixture to five ounces of milk.
    Scooping Dalgona whipped coffee onto a layer of milk in a glass.


You can also use matcha powder or cocoa to the same effect. 


Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 354mgSugar: 24gCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Keyword instant coffee powder, whipped coffee
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1 thought on “Dalgona Whipped Coffee”

  1. 5 stars
    Hello from Greece.This is called Frappe coffee in Greece.You can also have it without milk.Just add in the glass a lot of ice cubes put the coffee mix and add some cold water😊😊.I realy love your recipes.

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