Have you ever wondered what the hype of Dalgona coffee is all about? I will go over everything you need to know about this Korean whipped coffee.

Let me start by explaining what Dalgona coffee is made of, then I will go over the recipe, and I will finish by answering some questions about the coffee. Grab yourself a well-deserved coffee, and let’s get into it!

What is Dalgona coffee?

Dalgona coffee is an instant coffee recipe made popular by TikTok. This coffee recipe is originally from South Korea. It is a whipped coffee variant. Whipped coffee means that instant coffee is mixed until fluffy.

What is Dalgona coffee made of?

This Korean coffee is made using instant coffee, boiling water, sugar, a few ice cubes, and milk or milk alternative. To make your perfect Dalgona coffee, you can also add a few extra’s like chocolate curls, cinnamon, or even Nutella, but I will get into this a bit later on.

Down below, I have a recipe card where you will be able to find the perfect ratio to make a delicious Dalgona coffee. This way, you can make this delicious whipped coffee at home!

What is instant coffee? And why is it so popular?

What is this magic coffee made of instant coffee, and why is it so popular? To answer this question, we will first need to find out how instant coffee is made.

Instant coffee, is a beverage derived from brewed coffee beans that enables people to quickly prepare hot coffee by adding hot water or milk to the powder or crystals and stirring.


Instant coffee is already a few years old, to say the least. Instant coffee was invented in 1881 by Alphonse Allais.

For this recipe, I am using instant coffee from the brand Douwe Egberts, a Dutch coffee brand.

Dalgona coffee, instant coffee from the brand Douwe Egberts

As I remember, we used to have this coffee at home when I was younger. Up until recently, I didn’t know that you could make more than just a cup of joe using instant coffee.

But enough about that; its time for the recipe so you can try this coffee at home!

Dalgona Coffee

Dalgona Coffee

Make yourself amazing whipped coffee! Great for those summer days when you want to enjoy some ice-cold coffee.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • This will make 5 servings of Dalgona mousse, you can multiply these numbers to make the serving you need.
  • Instant coffee: 40 grams
  • Fine sugar: 120 grams
  • Boiling water: 100 grams
  • What you are going to need for 1 serving of Dalgona coffee:
  • Ice cubes, about: 100 grams (or 7 ice cubes)
  • Milk (or milk alternative): 100 grams
  • Dalgona mousse: 45 grams


How to make the Dalgona mousse

  1. You will start by adding sugar, instant coffee, and boiling water to a kitchen machine to make the mousse.
  2. Whip the Dalgona mousse until stiff peaks appear; this will take about 3 minutes when the machine is put on full blast.

How to serve the Dalgona coffee

  1. Start by adding your milk to your desired glass.
  2. Then add the ice cubes, and let it chill a bit.
  3. Next up is adding your Dalgona mousse to the top.


Make sure to mix all of the coffee together, as this will create the best drinking experience. You can also add a few things on top of your Dalgona coffee, read along, and find out what you can add to your caffeinated drink.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 1,5gSugar: 9gProtein: 1,2g

How to make the Dalgona mousse, explained with photos

To make the Dalgona mousse the right way, you will need to follow these 5 easy steps.

  • Step 1. Add the instant coffee to your mixture
  • Step 2. Also, measure your sugar and add it to your mixing bowl.
  • Step 3. Pour boiling water into the coffee/ sugar mixture.
  • Step 4. Start whipping the coffee together; this will take about 3 minutes.
  • Step 5. Stop when the 3 minutes have passed, and the mousse looks like this.

How to serve the Dalgona coffee, explained with photos

  • Step 1. Start by adding the cold milk into your glass.
  • Step 2. Add the ice cubes to your glass.
  • Step 3. Finish by adding the Dalgona mousse on top.

What does Dalgona coffee taste like?

The flavor of Dalgona coffee is pretty strong but also a bit sweet because of the added sugar. Because of its fluffy texture, it has a pretty weird mouthfeel to it. When you have made the coffee, you want to stir the coffee to enjoy it the most.

By stirring or swirling through the mixture, you are forcing the fluffy Dalgona mousse to mix with the ice and milk (or milk alternative), creating a smooth caffeinated drink.

The Dalgona mousse will want to stick to the ice cubes a bit, so you will want to stir your drink every so often. The ice will slowly dilute, leaving a bit more watered down coffee drink; by swirling the coffee, you keep the mixture together a bit better.

Are there any variations to this coffee?

You can play with the flavors a lot by adding some spices like cinnamon, pumpkin spice, or you can add some Nutella or even a bit of chocolate curls to finish your coffee.

The variations are endless, so you can make it Your Dream Coffee. For me, I like to add a few chocolate curls to finish my drink off. The chocolate curls will give the coffee a bit more texture, which I really dig.

What is the difference between hand whisking and using a kitchen machine?

The whipped coffee can be made using a kitchen machine, handheld kitchen mixer, or whisk.

For the best result, I suggest using a kitchen machine. The coffee mixture needs to be whipped pretty vigorously to get all the air into the mixture. This is what creates the fully Dalgona mousse.

You can, however, achieve the same result by using a handheld kitchen mixer. Grab yourself a big measuring cup, which will fit the handheld kitchen mixer.

You are now going to move the mixer up and down, creating air in the coffee mousse. Keep going until it reaches the same color, as shown above. This will take about 5 minutes to finish.

If you want to be brave, you can also opt to use a whisk to create the Dalgona mousse. Although I must warn you, it will take a while. It can take up to 15 minutes to create the foamy Dalgona mousse, but you might not achieve the same fluffiness as a machine can.

How long can store the Dalgona mousse for?

You will be able to use the Dalgona mousse for a few days. Just keep it in the fridge in an airtight container, as the mousse will extract the flavors from your fridge. If you want to use the mousse after, say, two days, you need to whip the mousse a bit more as most of the air will have been flying off.

By using the recipe card, you will be able to make 5 Dalgona coffees. I suggest making just a small batch at a time, so you will have fresh Dalgona mousse whenever you need it.


There you have it, my recipe to make a delicious Dalgona coffee at home. I have made a few batches before this final recipe, and for me, this coffee recipe is really well balanced, but you can always add a bit more sugar (or less) if you don’t like its taste.

If you’re interested in trying more coffee recipes, you can check the links below. I’ve listed a few recipes that might interest you.

Will you be trying this Dalgona coffee recipe? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. If you have any other questions regarding coffee, you can also contact me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!

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