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Coffee has been around for centuries, and there are many different ways to drink it (read up on our cold brew article here or our French press article here). One of the most popular ways to consume coffee is to add cream, sugar, or both in order to create a creamy coffee drink that tastes great. 


However, you can also take that to the next level and make whipped coffee. Not sure how to make whipped coffee? It’s truly as easy as 1, 2, 3 (okay, and 4 and 5, but we promise that’s it!). 


Gather your ingredients (we’ll tell you what those are below) and prepare to learn how to whip your own whipped coffee at home so you can enjoy this delicious beverage any time! 


Tip: To make whipped coffee, you’ll need instant coffee, not ground coffee. Browse our instant coffee options here.


What is Whipped Coffee?


Whipped coffee is simply coffee, sugar, and some form of cream or milk that you whip together to create a delicious, caffeinated whipped drink. Aside from looking pretty cool (hello Insta-famous foodies), it tastes just as great. Here are some of the most common questions we get asked about whipped coffee.


What's the difference between a cappuccino and a whipped coffee?


Whipped coffee recipes require you to whip together instant coffee, sugar, and hot water to create the main portion of the drink itself. You then pour that mixture over milk and ice. So, the biggest difference in most cases is that whipped coffee is a cold coffee drink while hot cappuccinos are, well, hot.


Cappuccinos do have foam on them, which creates a whipped effect, but they’re actually nothing like whipped coffees. Cappuccinos are made using espresso as a base on which super foamy steamed milk is added. So, while it might look like a whipped drink as well, it’s a form of espresso drink whereas whipped coffee mixes the sugar, water, and coffee together from the start.


What's the difference between a latte and a whipped coffee?


What's the difference between a regular latte and whipped coffee?  Latte is just hot-frothed milk that's poured on top of a shot of espresso. There is no whipped cream or whipped topping added to a latte (normally, that is to say; you can add whatever you want to your latte!). Lattes are similar to cappuccinos in this way. The only real difference is that cappuccinos feature foamier and less dense steamed milk that yields a lighter drink overall.


What's the Best Coffee to Use for Whipped Coffee?


Ever tried a Juan Valdez whipped coffee? Whew. You’re missing out if you haven’t. However, we can’t say for sure that it’s the best coffee to use when making whipped  coffee at home. Namely, you’ll need to find a good instant coffee brand that you enjoy. Lucky for you, numerous Colombian coffee brands offer their varieties in instant coffee form


Because you’re going to lose a little bit of flavor due to the mixture, it’s best to opt for a high-quality dark roast coffee when making whipped coffee drinks. However, a medium roast will do as well. Our biggest suggestion is that you choose a coffee bean with flavors that will pair nicely with whatever type of flavoring you’re adding to your whipped coffee.


Depending on the type of coffee you use, you’ll want to use about 12 grams for a small whipped shot of coffee and up to 24 grams for a large whipped shot.


Here is a list of everything that you need in order to make our whipped coffee recipe:



  • 2 tablespoons of hot water
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of instant coffee (or about 12 grams if you can weigh the coffee)
  • Milk, ice and flavorings to taste!



In terms of the materials that you need, you’ll also need a blender or cake mixer (mixing by hand is fine, but it just might take you a little bit longer). Follow our step-by-step guide on how to make whipped coffee at home below.


Step 1: Gather All of the Materials

We’ve mentioned above the ingredients and materials that you need to make whipped coffee. Now, it’s time to gather everything together. If you’re looking to get creative, we suggest definitely playing around with flavorings and toppings. Adding a touch of vanilla extract can really enhance the flavor a lot, but we’ll talk more about additional add-ons below.


Step 2: Measure Your Ingredients

For everything in our whipped coffee recipe, you’ll be measuring out two tablespoons, so it makes things pretty easy to remember. Measure out 2 tablespoons of hot water, sugar, and instant coffee first. Because the water does need to be hot for this to work effectively, you might wait to measure and add that last.


Step 3: Mix the Ingredients Together

Once you've measured out your ingredients, mix them all together well using a whisk or any other type of mixing tool. It helps if you use a mixer, just to avoid tiring out your arm; it can also help you achieve a more consistent texture and flavor. You'll want to make sure no whipped coffee is left at the bottom of your bowl, so keep mixing, and make sure there are no coffee lumps in the new creamy concoction.


Step 4: Add Additional Ingredients

Okay, this is where things start to get fun and interesting! In addition to the ingredients mentioned above, you may also want to add some additional flavorings. For a basic vanilla whipped coffee, try adding a few drops of vanilla extract.


For fall lovers, we’d suggest trying this pumpkin spice whipped coffee recipe. It requires that you follow the steps above (more or less) and then make a pumpkin pie mixture apart. You’ll combine milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice syrup, and pumpkin pie spice into a saucepan to create a thick mixture. Once you have your whipped coffee ready, you’ll spoon the pumpkin pie mixture into a cup and pour your whipped coffee on top as a topping. Delish!


Other super simple options include topping your whipped coffee with actual whipped cream and some cinnamon or using flavored creamers or milk instead of plain milk.


Step 5: Enjoy!

Once you've made your whipped coffee, pour it into any glass, and enjoy. You can also use whipped coffee as a type of whipped cream for another drink, such as your regular morning coffee or as a dessert drink.


For a cold treat in the summer, you can top whipped coffee with ice cream and whipped pineapple. For a hot treat in the winter, try enjoying your whipped coffee with whipped cream over a warm blanket! You can even add marshmallows or flavored whipped cream (peppermint is great for the colder months) as well!


Whipped Coffee: Your Go-To Sweet Treat

If you’ve been looking for a way to enjoy coffee at home without the hassle of going out, then whipped coffee is your answer. It's easy to make and tastes just like frothy iced coffee and adds a unique texture that is tantalizing and delightful.


You can use the information to make your own whipped coffee at home, or maybe even find a new favorite Colombian coffee brand. What types of recipes are you playing around with? Have you tried using different blends or brands yet? We recommend checking our Colombian coffees first because they're typically lower-acid than other varieties which could help yield the perfect whipped drink for your palate. 


Browse through our wide variety of Colombian coffees and see if one catches your eye!



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