Whipped Coffee: An Instagram Trend Made Easy

Cary, NC — Have you heard about whipped coffee? We hadn’t either, not until our daughter made us a glass of it back in the spring. Yesterday I made it for myself — and it was delicious!

We have two millennial daughters and they are always in the know about the latest trends they’ve seen on their social media channels. During our eldest’s 4-month COVID-induced stay with us, she made us a whipped coffee.

As an ignorant Boomer, I had missed this swift-moving trend on my own Instagram feed but was intrigued. I started doing a little research into what all the fuss was about. It turns out many cultures have some variation of this interesting concoction.

Whipped coffee makes the work-from-home day much sweeter!

The idea is that you whip together the coffee and the sugar which is then topped over milk. And yes, it is Instagram worthy.

Here’s all you’ll need for one perfect serving and you can wow your family and socially-distanced friends too.


  • 2 Tbsp instant coffee crystals
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp boiling water
  • 8 oz of your favorite milk (can be skim, oat, soy, almond, whatever is your preference)

To Make

  1. Using an electric hand mixer, beat the instant coffee, sugar, and boiling water to a thick whipped cream consistency, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Prepare a tall glass 3/4 filled with crushed ice. Pour in the milk.
  3. Now gently with a spoon, top the ice with all of the whipped topping and add a straw. That’s it!

Whipping the coffee mixture for 3 minutes gives you a nice, creamy topping.

The best way to drink this, after taking your photo of course, is to let it sit a few minutes and melt a little bit. That allows the coffee and sugar to mix with the icy milk. I have found you can sip on this drink for an hour and it actually gets better and better.

While not ususally being a fan of sugar in my coffee, I do really like this drink. The ice and milk melting together mellow out the sharpness of the instant coffee and the sugar makes it sweet and helps to blend everything together. It is a great afternoon pick-me-up.

You could also probably add flavors to the milk or drizzle on the top and give all of it a swirl.

While iced, this drink is good any time of year.

Story and photos by Lindsey Chester.

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