How to Make Dalgona Coffee - with Vegan Alternatives!

How to Make Dalgona Coffee - with Vegan Alternatives!

March 31, 2021

The Tiktok coffee tried around the world


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Dalgona coffee, commonly referred to as whipped coffee, took the internet by storm this last year, leading to a surge of people sharing different coffee drink recipes (we aren’t complaining)! If you haven’t tried this simple, 3 ingredient drink yet, you’re missing out!

Dalgona coffee exploded on the popular Tiktok application, with the #dalgonacoffeechallenge. Dalgona coffee actually means Korean coffee and was coined by South Korean actor Jung Il-woo. When he ordered a whipped coffee at an eatery in Macau, South Korea, he likened the taste of the coffee to that of dalgona, a Korean honeycomb toffee.

 It is found in various different cultures around the world as well, however, this is the name that grew in popularity last year. Pretty neat, hey!


Using specialty coffee instead of instant coffee

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To fully submerse yourself in the home barista experience, use high-quality specialty coffee beans. Each unique roast has different tasting notes and flavour profiles, allowing you more creativity and freedom in making your coffee.

Try our Guatemala or Peru roasts for a lighter, fruity and sweet tasting coffee. For more rich and chocolatey flavours, try out our darker roasts like Brazil and Mixtape Espresso. You have full control over the tasting notes you want in your coffee, use this to your advantage!

 If you’re like us and always have tons of high-quality specialty coffee beans in your home, give this fun recipe a try. It’ll change the way you drink coffee.



  • 2 tablespoons finely ground coffee 
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or a sugar substitute
  • Ice, for serving
  • Milk or a milk alternative, for serving 


  • Hand mixer or whisk
  • Glass
  • Medium bowl
  • Fine mesh strainer

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1-2 servings

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How to make dalgona coffee without instant coffee

  1. Grind your favourite Road coffee beans as finely as possible, this will make it easier to whip. Sift the grounds through a fine-mesh strainer and use the resulting powder in the mixture. 
  1. Add equal amounts of coffee grounds, hot water and sugar into a medium bowl. Using the hand mixer or whisk, vigorously whisk the mixture until it becomes smooth and silky. Continue to whisk until it thickens and has a foamy shape.
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Road Tip: If you’re whisking by hand, set aside 8 to 12 minutes to get the optimal fluffiness. The key to getting the best whip is hand is to do a back and forth or side-to-side movement in a zig-zag motion. This will burn your arms quicker but cut down the whisking time (home workout anyone?)


  1. Fill your glass most of the way full with ice and milk, then top it with the whipped coffee mixture on top. 

Road Tip: Have fun with this! Add in some fun swirls while dolloping the whipped coffee on top.

  1. Enjoy as is or mix the whipped coffee into the milk to create your own latte!


Vegan and keto-friendly variations

For our vegan and keto friends, you are still able to enjoy this drink!

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Simply substitute the milk for an alternative of your choice. This beverage works with any non-dairy milk alternatives, be it almond milk, oat milk, soy milk or coconut milk.


The recipe works with most granulated sugars you can purchase from your local grocery store, however for a keto option, we suggest using a granulated erythritol sweetener or other sugar-free sweeteners.

Dalgona coffee can be made without sugar, however, the whipped coffee will not be as fluffy and will have a stronger, bolder coffee taste. The whipped coffee will start to dissolve after sitting for approximately five minutes until it returns to a liquid state.


Serve it year-round

With all the variations available to this drink, it can be served both hot and cold! It can be served on either hot or cold milk, with or without ice, it all depends on your individual preference.


Road Tip: To make a frozen Frappuccino version of this drink, blend the whipped coffee with milk and ice!


You can eat it too

It may sound interesting, but you can use this whipped coffee in other ways as well!

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Looking for a way to change up the icing on your famous brownie recipe? Top it with some whipped coffee instead.

Want a milk substitute to dip your favourite cookies into? Dip into some whipped coffee (Seriously, it will be like dipping cookies in whipped cream!)

Have a constant hankering for coffee ice cream? Make a large batch of whipped coffee and freeze it for later!

There you have it, a way to make delicious homemade whipped coffee without using instant coffee. Let us know at or on social media @roadcoffee how the recipe worked for you, any variations you made and other tips and tricks you might have!


Author Jordan Calladine