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Can You Make Whipped Coffee from Coffee Beans Instead of Instant Coffee?

We owe thanks for this recipe for the good tiktokers who, in the era of social distancing, are desperate for something new and novel to mitigate the boredom of being socially distanced. Though the platform has been in some hot water in the USA lately, it is a great source for finding new things and is the source for a new and unusual coffee drink: Whipped Coffee.

Whipped coffee has taken the internet world by storm and rightly so. This decadent coffee drink is surprisingly simple to make.

In her video, tiktoker “imhannacho” demonstrates how to make this delicious drink using just three simple ingredients:

  • instant coffee
  • sugar
  • milk

Soon after posting the video of her decadent new coffee concoction, the video went viral, garnering scores of tiktoker comments. Curious about how to make this rich new coffee sensation? You’re in luck, we’ve got the recipe here for you. If you’re stuck at home, bored, or just love trying new ways to drink coffee, you’ll want to check out this method of making coffee drinks.

Important note: If you don’t have instant coffee, you can make whipped coffee using coffee beans instead!

Wait… What Is Whipped Coffee?

Affectionately known as tiktok coffee, whipped coffee is really a mix of equal parts of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water. Although tiktok has brought this fancy drink into the limelight, its been around for a long time and has a number of fancy names.

In Korea, “whipped coffee” is known as Dalgona coffee. In Greek, it is a frappe, and in India it is simply known as beaten coffee. Whatever you call it, this delicious recipe is clearly a time-honored tradition and worth trying out.

How to Make Whipped Coffee with Instant Coffee

You can see imhanacho’s video right here. According to, this drink is made using equal parts of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water and then whipped until it gets light and fluffy. This can be done with a hand whisk, but it takes a lot of effort. You might want to use an electric mixer instead.

After you’ve whipped this concoction up, fill a glass part way with milk and ice, and then stir in your whipped coffee mix. This simple recipe is delicious and satisfying. But not everyone keeps instant coffee on hand. To make “whipped coffee” without the instant coffee mix, there are simple substitutions that will do the trick.

How to Make Instant Coffee Substitute with Coffee Beans

Chocolate Covered Katie, of, explains that you can make a sort of instant coffee with your own coffee beans. She says to pour some of your coffee beans into a coffee grinder and then grind them until the grounds are as fine as possible. Once you have finlely ground coffee, pour the grinds through a sieve. The powdery textured coffee that falls through the sieve will work just like instant coffee. You can save whatever remains in the sieve to make regularly brewed coffee, if you like. Simply proceed with the recipe as normal.

Fresh Brewed Espresso

Another potential alternative to using instant coffee in your whipped coffee drink is to use some fresh brewed espresso. Grind your beans and make your espresso like you normally would. Then, carefully whip 2 tablespoons of very hot espresso with 1 tablespoon of sugar. This should give you the same result because the sugar will help the espresso become light and fluffy.

Variations on Whipped Coffee

visualize flavour variations for whipped coffee
How about the cocoa and matcha varieties?

If you don’t want to use regular sugar in your whipped coffee, you can use a sugar substitute such as coconut sugar, granulated erythritol, or even brown sugar.

If you would prefer to avoid using regular milk in your whipped coffee, simply swap out the milk for any milk substitute such as almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or even soy milk.

If you don’t want caffeine, decaf instant coffee works just as well as the high-test, caffeinated variety.

Coffee alternatives

If you don’t want to use ground coffee beans, instant coffee, or brewed espresso for your drink, other powdered options work just as well. Instead of instant coffee, try cocoa powder or matcha powder for a variety on the theme.

Did you know there are other possible uses for your whipped coffee? It makes decadent dressing or ingredient in desserts. Dab a few spoon fulls on ice cream or brownies instead of whipped cream. Cookies and milk? How about dipping your favourite cookie into whipped coffee? Might be the next best thing you ever try….

The possibilities don’t end there. Get your pumpkin spice latte fix by adding some pumpkin spice to your whipped coffee—match made in heaven!  Sprinkle a little cinnamon on it for extra flavor.

Whipped Coffee

There are so many delicious ways to make whipped coffee, whether you have instant coffee or not. Give this delicious drink a whirl and see if all that whipping is worth the tiktok hype!