How to Make Whipped Coffee without Instant Coffee?

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Whipped Dalgona coffee is a drink that became very popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whipped coffee is traditionally made by whipping together instant coffee, sugar, and hot water and then adding milk. One of the best parts of this new trend is that it can be made with whatever you have at home. So don’t worry if your cupboards currently lack instant coffee; you can still enjoy this trending beverage.

The best way to make whipped coffee without using instant coffee is to grind coffee beans in a coffee grinder or blender until it becomes a very fine powder. That powder can be used in place of instant coffee in any whipped coffee recipes. Other substitutes include espresso or strong coffee.

This new craze has offered us plenty of ideas on how to make easy, delicious whipped coffee with whatever you have on hand. Here are some more recipes, ideas, and tips that you might enjoy that don’t include instant coffee.

Making Whipped Dalgona Coffee without Instant Coffee

Whipped coffee is usually made by combining instant coffee, sugar, and hot water, then whipping it together until you get a creamy, meringue-like froth, and then serving it over a glass of cold milk. Other ingredients can usually be substituted for instant coffee to make this tasty treat.

The best substitute for instant coffee is to simply grind coffee beans into a fine powder. Pour one cup of coffee beans into a coffee grinder or blender and grind until you get a very fine consistency. Depending on the grinder you use, this should only take about 30 seconds. If the powder doesn’t look fine enough you can grind it for another 30 seconds or until it is powdered to the right consistency. To get the finest powder possible, take the coffee powder from the grinder and pour it through a sieve.

Now that you have the powder as a replacement for instant coffee, you can follow any whipped coffee recipe like this one posted on the Hoast The Toast blog:

  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee or substitute
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • Ice, if desired
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • Cocoa powder or cinnamon to top, optional


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the instant coffee, sugar, and hot water. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, whip until fluffy and toffee-colored, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add your ice to a tall glass, if desired, and then pour over your milk. Spoon the whipped coffee on top. The more whipped coffee you use, the stronger the drink will be. Sprinkle with cocoa powder or cinnamon, if desired.
  3. Using a spoon or straw, stir the coffee mixture into the milk before drinking.

The measured amounts for this recipe are just a suggestion for a serving size. You can make more or less of this delicious treat by using an equal amount of instant coffee substitute, sugar, and hot water.

Other Instant Coffee Substitutes

While using ground coffee beans is a great way to make whipped coffee without using instant coffee, there are plenty of other substitutes you can use to make this tasty treat.

Here’s a popular recipe that uses a brewed espresso instead of instant coffee and hot water.

  • 4 Tbs Brewed Espresso, Hot
  • 4 Tbs Sugar
  • 4 Oz. Milk, Cold
  • 2 Oz. Espresso, Cold Optional


  • Add sugar to hot espresso in a mixing bowl
  • Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to mix expresso and sugar on medium to high speed for about 5 minutes or until meringue forms
  • Fill a glass with ice and add cold milk and cold espresso if using
  • Top with whipped coffee.
  • Serve with a spoon for mixing, enjoy!

One blogger suggests that you can also get a similar whipped mixture using matcha powder, strawberry powder, or cocoa powder.

Tips and Tricks for the Best Taste

One of the great things about whipped coffee is that it can be adjusted to match your individual preferences. Many coffee lovers have found additional tricks to personalize this beverage.

Milk Substitutes

Whipped coffee can easily become a vegan treat by using non-dairy milk. Almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, or coconut milk will work just as well in any whipped coffee recipe. Some people even like to put the whipped substance on top of hot milk. But be careful because the whipped coffee will melt pretty fast on top of any hot drink.

You don’t even have to use milk for this recipe. You can put the whipped coffee on top of regular coffee or mix some cold coffee in with the cold milk for a more coffee-flavored drink. You could also put the whipped coffee on top of iced coffee.

You can even try blending the whipped coffee with cold milk and ice to make a frozen frappe drink. Or make a coffee cocktail by putting the mixture over vodka and heavy cream or even Irish whiskey and milk.

Getting the Right Texture

Using regular coffee instead of instant coffee in a whipped coffee recipe might make it harder to get that perfect fluffy texture. You can add egg whites or chickpea liquid to help your whipped coffee achieve the perfect texture.

You can make whipped coffee even if you don’t have a mixer. Using a regular whisk can be just as effective, but it will take a lot more time to get the right texture for the whipped substance. Without a hand mixer, you should expect to spend 10-15 minutes whipping to get the right fluffy texture.

One Reddit user didn’t have a mixer and used a cup instead,

“I don’t have a mixer so I shake it in a jar or mixer cup, or put it in a cup and roll a whisk back and forth in between my palms.”

Whipped coffee has become very popular thanks to tons of viral TikTok videos and blog posts but it remains popular because of its delicious taste. The recipe is fairly easy to follow and you can make it your own by substituting any number of things for the instant coffee that most recipes call for. Experiment with the recipes and ideas to make a delicious drink that you love!

Shmulik Dorinbaum

Shmulik Dorinbaum

40 years old, from the age of 20 when I left the army until today, I drink more than 4 cups of coffee, only instant coffee, so I decided to write about my great passion that occupies me most of the day

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40 years old, from the age of 20 when I left the army until today, I drink more than 4 cups of coffee, only instant coffee, so I decided to write about my great passion that occupies me most of the day

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