Dalgona coffee: Here’s how to whip up the latest coffee trend at home

You’ve probably seen this cold and creamy concoction in your social feed – a frothy whipped coffee that looks as sweet as candy. Perhaps that’s why it’s often called “dalgona,” after the golden South Korean sponge toffee.

Dalgona coffee is remarkably easy to make with Starbucks VIA® Instant Iced Coffee, a cup of milk or dairy alternative, and some ice. Andrew Vagner, designer (and former barista) on the Starbucks Stories team, will show you how to make the latest coffee trend at home.

“It’s a really fun, easy coffee drink,” Vagner said. “Typically, I do cold brew or a hot coffee on the Chemex at home, but this one's just a little bit more indulgent and also easy to make.”

1. Get Ready

Here’s what you will need to start: 2 packets Starbucks VIA® Instant Iced Coffee, 2 tablespoons water.

2. Whisk

Combine coffee and water in medium bowl with whisk for about 5 minutes (or use an electric mixer).

3. Customize

Choose your milk or your favorite dairy alternative. Add a splash of vanilla syrup or other flavoring if you’re feeling adventurous.

4. Build 

Fill ice glasses with milk, then spoon the coffee mixture on the top.

5. Finish

Stir it up and enjoy!

-- by Heidi Peiper

Dalgona Whipped Coffee Recipe

Serves: 2


  • 2 packets Starbucks VIA® Instant Iced Coffee 
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup milk or dairy alternative
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla syrup, if desired
  • Ice cubes


Combine coffee, sugar and water in medium mixing bowl. Whisk by hand for 5 minutes, or use electric mixer. Mixture should be thick and a light brown color. Set aside.

Fill two tall (12-ounce) glasses with ice.

Pour milk or dairy alternative into glasses with ice and fill approximately three-quarters of the way to the top. 

Spoon coffee mixture on top of the glass. 

Stir and enjoy!