How to Make Dalgona Coffee from Brewed Coffee (Vegan Friendly!)

Dalgona coffee is the trendiest thing to come out of this period of social distancing (aside from baking your own bread and the TikTok challenges of course) and I am INTO IT. To find out how to make this trendy coffee from brewed coffee, keep reading!

So what on earth is Dalgona Coffee?

Dalgona coffee is coffee (of course) that is whipped up so it is foamy and creamy. It has a super unique texture, and makes for such a fun drink. It’s pretty quick and easy to make and of course, looks great on Instagram LOL.

This type of coffee first came about in Korea during this period of self-isolation, but I’ve heard that people have been making whipped coffee in India for ages!

The whipped coffee foam usually is placed on top of milk or creamer of your choice, and it can be drunk hot or cold! This also means that it’s super easy to make it vegan; all you have to do is swap out cow’s milk for a vegan milk. But for an extra creamy vegan coffee there is a special trick…

My personal favourite vegan milk is Oatly (the barista version). It’s so thick and creamy, and has a very neutral flavour. I recommend this milk to any transitioning vegan or people who don’t like plant-based milks that have a strong flavour. The trick to making your vegan coffees super delicious is to add a dash of plant-based cream to your milk. This makes the milk a million times thicker and creamier!

vegan dalgona korean coffee recipe

What is Dalgona Coffee made of?

Dalgona coffee is made up of equal parts of water, sugar and of course, coffee. To get the most creaminess, it is recommended to make it with instant coffee, but I want to tell you all that you don’t need instant coffee to make it!

If you use brewed coffee, it won’t get as thick and creamy, but it’ll still get insanely foamy and thick! I enjoy making it with freshly brewed coffee as I find it tastes best. And for me, coffee is about the taste!

If you make it with freshly brewed coffee, the key is to brew a very strong coffee (espresso-strength). So if you don’t have instant coffee at home, you can still make this coffee!

Sugar is a crucial ingredient in Dalgona coffee, as it keeps the foam thick and stiff for much much longer than if you go without it. If you don’t like using sugar, you can skip it, BUT I recommend using it as it helps the foam hold its shape! Plus, Dalgona coffee is very bitter so I highly recommend using it!

Dalgona Coffee Recipe

You will need:

Serves 2

dalgona coffee recipe

An electric whisk
With an electric whisk, you can whip up the coffee in about 5 minutes. You can use a hand whisk, but it’ll take a lot longer (around 10-15 minutes!).

-½ cup very strong brewed black coffee
You will need very strong coffee to be able to reach the creamy, foamy texture you’re looking for. Ideally, the coffee should have the strength of an espresso.

Alternatively, 2 tbsps of instant coffee + tbsps of hot water
To get a thicker, creamier texture, you can use instant coffee and water instead of brewed black coffee.

-1 tbsp of sugar
This might seem like a lot of sugar but this is what keeps the foam stable. You can skip it, but you might not get the texture you’re looking for!

– Around 2 cups of the milk of your choice (optional)
You technically don’t need to have Dalgona coffee with milk but it’ll be 1000x better if you do. You can use more or less milk depending on how strong you like your coffee.

You can use cow’s milk, but if you want to make it vegan, use plant-based milk instead. You can also use a bit of vegan cream (like mentioned above) to add a bit more creaminess to the milk.

-Ice (optional)
For those making iced coffees!



1) In a large mixing bowl, add the brewed black coffee and sugar. If you’re using instant coffee, add the water, too.

instant coffee whipped cream2) Using an electric whisk, whip up the ingredients until the coffee foam is thick and creamy.

3) And that’s it! Now pour your milk and top it off with your Dalgona coffee.

If you want to be extra dramatic, why not top it with some crumbled biscuits or cocoa powder?

That’s all it takes to make this really fun (and tasty!) coffee! To drink it, I mix the foam into the milk with a spoon. If you enjoyed this recipe, you might enjoy my pumpkin spice late recipe!

If you make this coffee, please leave me a comment below letting me know what you think!

Thanks for reading,



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