What is Dalgona coffee?

Dalgona coffee is whipped iced coffee drink made with instant coffee, sugar, water, and milk.

It has two distinct layers made from whipped coffee cream sitting on top of iced milk. It tastes kind of like a Starbucks Frappucino.

How do you drink Dalgona coffee?

Drinking through a straw would only enable you to taste one layer at a time, whereas drinking without one would leave you with a nasty coffee foam mustache. I patiently explained that you stir the drink before drinking for best results.



  • 1 Tbsp instant coffee (I used Moccona vanilla praline and it’s super tasty!)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp hot water
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup milk (your choice), chilled or heated
  • (optional) ice cubes

* 1 Tbsp = 15 ml

** I haven’t tried other forms of coffee (such as freshly ground coffee etc.) with this recipe. But many who tried these types of coffee commented that they don’t work as well as instant coffee. They simply don’t get the same creamy status.


1. Combine instant coffee, sugar and hot water in a mixing bowl. Mix them well. Then using a handheld mixer, whisk it on high speed until the coffee mixture forms a stiff peak.

2. Pour milk into a glass. Pour the frothy coffee on top of the milk.

Just be careful about the Sugar: You need 2 Tablespoons sugar to make Dalgona coffee.

The sugar in the recipe helps stabilize the foam and whip it up to its utmost fluffiest state. But watch out—you use the exact same amount of sugar as you do instant coffee. If you are a black coffee drinker or like plain coffee drinks like cappucinos and Americanos, it’s likely you’ll find dalgona coffee too sweet.