What is the hype? And how do you create TikTok’s viral whipped coffee? Is it just me, or does this trend seem to pop up in every suggestion box or feed on social media?
As a two-to-four-cup-a-day kind of gal, my standards for coffee making are very high. I’m the type who doesn’t like to mess around when it comes to satisfying my caffeine craving. I like my coffee dark roast, no sugar and with a dash of almond milk.
Coffee has become an essential part of my early morning routine. If I don’t have my usual cup, I start getting headaches and my hands begin to tremble. It’s an addiction that most university students acquire after years of pulling all-nighters (especially if you are the type to drink dark roast on a regular basis).
Okay, I know, it’s sad. But in my defense, it’s hard to quit once you’ve started. I even dedicated a week of quarantine trying to switch my habits to herbal tea. It was a challenge that failed miserably.
In quarantine, I’ve had a lot of time to experiment and brew different kinds of coffee with my De’Longhi Dedica Deluxe Manual Espresso Machine. I recently attempted (and failed) to learn how to create latte art. Additionally, I mastered the skill of brewing espresso, cappuccino and cold brew. I even took out my french press for the first time. Check out my blog post A Starbucks Veteran’s Coffee Fix to learn more.
With all the time in the world nowadays, it seems only natural to experiment with viral internet trends. It became too hard to ignore the suggestions that kept popping up in my feed. So, instead of fighting it, I decided to try Tiktok’s viral whipped coffee.
Here are the ingredients that you will need to create this drink:
- Instant coffee (most use Folgers Classic Roast)
- Milk / Plant-based milk of your choosing
- White sugar
Steps to Making Whipped Coffee
Step 1. Add two tablespoons of instant coffee, two tablespoons of sugar and two tablespoons of hot water into a bowl.
Step 2. Whisk away my friend! This step takes about 8-10 minutes if it’s done by hand.
Step 3. When your mixture begins to form soft to stiff peaks, dollop the coffee into a cup of milk.. and viola! You have just made yourself the viral Tiktok whipped coffee.
Okay, here are my thoughts after creating this drink.
First of all, ow. My arm hurts. The amount of whisking that goes into making this drink seems like an impossible early-morning task. For coffee addicts, it’s hard to accomplish anything that requires brain activity before a proper injection of caffeine. From what I’ve seen online, some people prefer making their drink using an electric hand mixer. Apparently this cuts prep time to 1-2 minutes.
Second of all, is that a hint of coconut I taste? This might sound weird, especially since the recipe only calls for coffee and sugar, but I thought I could taste a bit of coconut. In retrospect, it could have been the almond taste from the plant-based milk. But, I’ve noticed that some other people online also agree with me on this mysterious coconut flavor.
Lastly, this drink is WAY too sweet. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a die-hard dark roast kind of gal, so anything with sugar that is consumed too early in the morning just overwhelms my taste buds. I wonder if you can cut back on the amount of sugar that is added? I would definitely recommend only using 1 tablespoon, if that’s possible.
Okay, here are some questions that I had after making this drink:
Why is this drink viral?
I think the lack of Starbucks is making most people crave the taste of sugary, overly complicated orders. Also, TikTok is starting to gain an insane amount of traction online and has taken the current media buzz by storm. With nearly 800 million active users, it’s no wonder this drink is trending.
Where did this all start?
Which now leads to my next question: how did this all happen? I can’t imagine someone just waking up one morning and thinking to themselves, hmmm.. I wonder if it’s possible to create a coffee-flavored icing that can be drunk with milk.
With a bit of research, it turns out that this trend started in South Korea. Initially, it was called the Dalgona coffee, named after a popular street candy (citation). This craze started in January 2020 when Korean actor Jung Il-woo introduced this drink on a popular day-time TV show. Since then, this recipe has picked up traction on almost every social media platform.
So… can I use this trick with other drinks? How about Matcha?
Turns out, yes and no. There are definitely a few recipes online with some modifications to suit the needs of matcha drinkers out there.
But, quick disclaimer, if you try to use 2 tablespoons of matcha powder + 2 tablespoons of sugar + 2 tablespoons of hot water, it’s not going to work. Instead, here is how you can make this drink:
- 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 large egg whites**
- 3 teaspoons matcha
- ice cubes
- milk of your choice
Step 1. Boil the sugar and water on medium-low heat and stir until ingredients are fully dissolved. Turn off heat.
Step 2. Use an electric mixer to beat egg whites until they are frothy and then pour in syrup. Keep mixing until soft peaks form.
Step 3. Add matcha powder and continue to whisk on high speed until everything is combined.
Step 4. Now add matcha mixture into your cup of milk and enjoy!
Congrats, you are on your way to becoming a barista. Now with both the whipped coffee and matcha drink in your tool belt, you can satisfy any Starbucks craving.
Any tips? What am I doing wrong?
Unfortunately for some, it’s not always smooth sailing. I remember the first time I made this drink, I did not mix long enough. To solve this issue, I would suggest using a hand mixer. It’s important to ensure that your drink has soft to stiff peaks before adding your cup of milk.
Another tip that I have for this recipe is to try using coconut sugar if you want a “healthier” alternative. I would still use the same proportions, it can help to cut down on that intense sugary taste in your mouth.
Okay, so what is the verdict?
The question still remains: would I make this drink again? Did I even like it?
No, not really and I probably won’t make it again.
By my own coffee standards, this drink is too sweet for my liking (especially for a beverage first thing in the morning) and I didn’t really enjoy the taste. I would much rather prefer saving 10 minutes, an achy arm and an intense feeling of frustration, for something a bit more productive. So, for now, I will be sticking to my espresso machine.
With all that said, it was definitely a fun food DIY project to try. I helps kill time when you are bored and it reminded me of the Harry Potter drink I once tried called Butterbeer.
Overall, I would give TikTok’s viral whipped coffee a solid 6.8/10.
But, please, don’t let this discourage you from trying it! I would highly recommend giving it it a taste. A lot of people I know have truly enjoyed creating this drink and many of them even make it on a regular basis.
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