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Korean-Style Whipped Dalgona Coffee Recipe

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If you spend some time on social networks, mainly the trendy ones where you scroll one video after another for hours, you know what a dalgona is. The most fashionable whipped coffee made at home with instant coffee. This fun concoction has been around for a few years now, but it’s still everyone’s favorite homemade coffee specialty — it looks like those drinks made by professional baristas.

Let’s learn to make a Korean-style whipped dalgona coffee. You only need everyday ingredients and a few minutes in front of the TV, and really — this one’s as easy as coffee gets.

Korean-Style whipped Dalgona Coffee Recipe

Why Make Korean-Style Whipped Dalgona Coffee?

Dalgona is a foamy drink, and it gets its frothiness from whisking instant coffee, aka freeze-dried coffee, with sugar and warm water. Combine the coffee foam with your choice of milk or milk alternative and sweeten to taste; that’s it.

Why make dalgona coffee? Because it’s fun and a great way of fixing yourself a caffeinated drink to enjoy while watching Netflix series from start to finish. Making dalgona is also a fun group activity; you can compete to see who gets the most foam. Finally, the dalgona coffee is super Instagrammable, so you can show off your newly acquired skills on social media. This one’s one pretty coffee. Here are the ingredients needed to make a Korean-style whipped dalgona coffee.

What Goes Into a Korean-Style Whipped Dalgona Coffee?

To make this coffee specialty, you need instant coffee. And since this is the essential ingredient, ensure you use a premium kind, often labeled instant espresso. All instant coffee is freeze-dried coffee, and it’s super concentrated.

You’ll also need sugar, as it helps stabilize the foam and a splash of warm water. You’ll get at least an inch of foam by whipping the ingredients with a spoon. Spoon it over whole milk, sweeten it to taste with your favorite sweetener, and garnish your Korean style dalgona with cocoa powder. If you want yours to look just like in the picture above, sweeten the milk before topping it with coffee foam. That way, you can sip on it undisturbed.

How to Make It

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Total Time10 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy242 cal


  • 2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 tbsp sugar, plus more to taste
  • 1 tbsp warm water (more if needed)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa powder as a garnish



In a bowl or mug, combine the instant coffee with the sugar and water and whisk until it’s incorporated and foamy, for around 5-8 minutes.


Stir the vanilla into the milk and sweeten to taste. Serve into a glass. Spoon the coffee foam over the milk.


Garnish with cocoa powder.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories242
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat8.1 g78 g10.38%
  • Saturated Fat4.6 g20 g23%
  • Cholesterol24 mg300 mg8%
  • Sodium98 mg2300 mg4.26%
  • Total Carbohydrate35.7 g275 g12.98%
  • Dietary Fiber0.3 g28 g1.07%
  • Total Sugars37 g
  • Protein8.1 g50 g16.2%
  • Calcium277 mg1300 mg21.31%
  • Potassium388 mg4700 mg8.26%
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