Chances are you’ve seen at least one post about whipped coffee on your TikTok or Instagram feed in the past several months. The origins of this drink are up for debate. While we can trace the recent popularity of it through social media back to South Korea, whipped coffee is actually a popular concoction used in many cultures all over the world.
Read on for eight TikTok worthy recipes to give your next whipped coffee experience a glow up!
Whipped coffee is a drink made by whipping instant coffee and sugar, and topping it on your favorite milk. There are many variations you can make, which we’ll cover below—check out Whipped Strawberry Milk if you aren't a coffee fan. Ideally, you use an electric hand mixer to make it, although people have easily made it with a standing mixer, or even completely by hand.
This drink is best enjoyed slowly, allowing for the whipped coffee to slowly melt down into its creamy milk base.
The internet sensation has come to be known in the west as whipped coffee, quarantine coffee, or Dalgona coffee. Dalgona coffee’s recent surge in popularity begins in South Korea, with a reality TV show and a whole lot of people sheltering in place looking for new ways to spend and enjoy their time.
The name is derived from Dalgona, a Korean honeycomb toffee sweet, because of its taste and look, but the coffee drink doesn’t actually contain any of the Korean candy. South Korean actor Jung-II Woo is credited for the naming of this drink, after trying a whipped coffee on an episode of Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant and commenting on how the coffee drink tastes like Dalgona.
All over the world, variations of whipped coffee have been enjoyed, under different names. In fact, the ‘Dalgona coffee’ that Jung-II Woo tried at Hon Kee Café was actually known as Chow Yun-Fat coffee. The cafe’s owner Leong Kam Hon attributed it to learning how to make whipped coffee from some ‘foreigners’ who he encountered years ago, noting that he didn’t remember where they were from exactly.
Here are a few of the variations I’ve found:
India: Indian Cappuccino Phenti hui coffee (the whipped coffee is on the bottom of the glass, and the milk is poured atop.
Greece: The frappé, the unofficial national drink of Greece (made with cold water instead of hot)
Libya: Cappuccino Libyan Style or Nescafé ( The drink is so common, it’s noted as being made in bigger batches and kept in the fridge to be ready in a jiffy.)
Cuba: Cafe Cubanos (made with whipping hot espresso with sugar)
As the hype rises around the story of how this drink gained popularity from South Korea to TikTok, Twitter threads on whipped coffee are calling out just how globalized whipped coffee has been for quite some time.
Whipped coffee cannot be made with regular coffee grounds, it has to be made with instant coffee. Instant coffee is made by two different methods: freeze-drying or liquid coffee is sprayed in a fine mist through very hot, very dry air, and as they cool, they land in a powdered form. Both of these methods produce a dry substance that can be brought to life with the addition of after. The flavor is ultra-concentrated, typically with the addition of flavor and aroma to mimic fresh coffee. The concentration of instant coffee makes it ideal for baking, cooking, and making whipped coffee!
These are the three different methods recommended:
If you’re not a fan of using granulated sugar, you can still enjoy this fluffy drink. You can use a 1:1 ratio of the following sugar substitutes:
Opt-out entirely: You can just mix the instant drink mix with hot water and get a good fluff, it just will not stay fluffy for very long.
The question stands: will this trend outlast quarantine? We sure hope so! For more beverage innovation ideas, check out How to Make Bubble Tea.