Whipped Coffee: Is this trend worth it?

Thanks TikTok!

After three days of being locked in my house due to self quarantining, I have found myself scrolling on TikTok in hopes of finding some entertainment. With no surprise, my for you page mostly consists of typical Charli D’Amelio dancing videos and POVs, but something new caught my attention: whipped coffee. I have no idea where this trend originates from, but as a dedicated coffee lover, I was shocked that there was a recipe for coffee that I had not yet heard of. Basically, it’s like coffee whipped cream that only requires three ingredients to make: instant coffee, sugar, and hot water. The result is a thick and creamy foam that you place on top of milk (or a milk alternative) and mix together. Although I usually am loyal to black coffee, I decided to see if this actually works and is worth the extra hassle.


First I had to acquire instant coffee. The most common mistake I witnessed on TikTok was people using coffee grounds instead of instant coffee, which dissolves in water. I graciously sent my mom out to get it, to which she successfully brought home Folgers instant coffee packs.

Then, I assembled all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. The “recipe” which I found in the comments of a TikTok video, called for 2 tbsp of instant coffee, 2 tbsp of sugar, and 2 tbsp of hot water (I warmed it in the microwave for 2 minutes). Seeing that this mixture was pure liquid and very dark, I doubted that it could ever turn into the end result that was advertised.

The mixing tested my patience. I used an electric hand mixer that I found in a cabinet and started on medium speed. For the first two minutes, nothing changed besides the smell, which smelt like a burnt pot of coffee. After about five minutes, the color lightened and stiff peaks appeared. I mixed it for about six minutes in total and decided to try it. Although it looked delicious, it tasted like it smelled: burnt. To attempt to make my labor worthwhile, I added another tbsp of sugar and mixed it again. I put a scoop on top of a glass of iced almond milk and stirred it up.

I was impressed. It tasted like a latte but with a unique texture that wasn’t unpleasant. The recipe I found made enough for two cups, so I saved the leftovers in the fridge and made another cup the next morning. Overall, I would not do it again just because it took way more time than my usual coffee routine, and was too sweet for my liking. I would recommend this recipe to anyone who is bored and interested in trying a new and fun way to drink coffee.