This pumpkin spice whipped coffee is the perfect seasonal twist to the traditional Dalgona coffee. It’s lightly sweet with just a hint of vanilla and pumpkin pie spice to bring all the fall flavor. You’ll love how easy this delicious treat is to make!
It’s time to get seasonal!
I know most of my summer-loving people are cursing at the thought of shorter days BUT one good thing about fall – pumpkin spice!
This year seems never-ending so while I’m usually part of the “don’t rush fall!” crowd I’m happy to skip onto the next season.
That’s why for my first seasonal concoction of the year I’m bringing you PUMPKIN SPICE WHIPPED COFFEE!
Yes, I just all-caps that. Yes, I was in fact screaming.
I’m so excited about this drink because it takes all the super popular whipped coffee/Dalgona coffee craze and jazzes it up for autumn.
This drink is so velvety smooth you’ll wonder why you haven’t been drinking whipped coffee all your life. Trust me, you’ll love it!
Even if you think pumpkin spice is overrated I beg you to give this recipe a try. It’s a 100% flavor-packed caffeinated way to start your day!
What is whipped coffee?
If you’re anything like me, at the beginning of quarantine you downloaded TikTok and never looked back.
At first, it was just kids singing along to music and dancing. And then all of a sudden it was all about the whipped coffee!
I had actually heard of whipped coffee years ago from my friend Jenni. Several years ago she made a recipe for her blog called “beaten coffee” that I just knew I needed to try ASAP.
I first tried her recipe and then all of a sudden it was showing up EVERYWHERE.
In it’s most simple form whipped coffee is just instant coffee, sugar, and hot water whipped up until soft peaks form.
Then you mix it with some milk and have yourself a fancy coffee house looking drink all in the comfort of your own home and kitchen.
Is whipped coffee and Dalgona coffee the same thing?
There are actually a lot of different cultures that have their own version of whipped coffee.
Dalgona coffee just happens to be the Korean version. But you can also see this delicious whipped coffee pop up in other cultures. In Jenni’s post, she talks all about how this is popular in India and goes by the name Beaten Coffee or Indian Cappuccino.
If you visit Greece you’ll see it as Frappe Coffee.
How can I make whipped coffee if I don’t have a hand mixer?
If you don’t have a hand or stand mixer don’t worry – you can still make whipped coffee!
Try using a whisk and lots of arm stamina to whip it by hand. Yes, this method will take a bit longer but you can still get beautiful soft peaks by hand.
Also, if you happen to have a handheld milk frother you can also use that to whip together your coffee.
Can I make whipped coffee without granulated sugar?
Yes! In fact, I almost always make mine without sugar.
I’m not always in the mood for sweet coffee.
It will still whip up the same without sugar but just be warned the whipped portion is VERY concentrated in flavor.
Can I use a sugar substitute instead of granulated sugar?
I have successfully used monk fruit granulated sweetener in whipped coffee.
But you can also use dark brown sugar, raw sugar, and coconut sugar. I really love the taste of dark brown sugar in my Dalgona coffee because it brings in that nice molasses flavor that goes perfectly with coffee.
It works even better in this pumpkin spice whipped coffee!
Should I drink whipped coffee hot or iced?
It’s all about what you want!
I typically drink my coffee iced so I almost always go ahead and turn this into a silky smooth iced drink.
However, Art always wants his coffee hot so typically when I make a batch of whipped coffee mine goes into an iced glass and he makes his hot.
For a hot version of this recipe, you’ll want to just make sure you warm your milk before topping with the whipped coffee.
What brand of instant coffee is best for Dalgona coffee?
This is 100% personal.
If you like your coffee strong stick with a stronger instant coffee.
Do you only want decaff? Buy a decaff instant coffee.
So far I have tried:
Nescafe Tasters Choice Columbian Blend – fairly strong but worked well once blended with the milk.
Folgers Classic Roast – a really good middle of the road instant coffee that blends with anything from whipped coffee to just a regular cup of coffee.
Mount Hagen Organic Instant Coffee – this is a great option for folks who want to keep their coffee organic. It’s more pricy than other brands of instant coffee but it tastes great.
The one thing you want to make sure to keep away from is using non-freeze dried types of instant coffee. Instant espresso coffee tends to be ground too fine to whip up correctly and Starbucks Via packets are also too fine to whip up correctly.
You also cannot do this with normal coffee. It will not whip.
How do I make whipped coffee?
If you’re using a hand mixer you simply add in your instant coffee, hot water, sugar, and spices and blend until thick and creamy.
You’ll notice the mixture will go from dark brown/black to the light brown color you see in the photos. This on average takes about 2 minutes with a hand blender.
If you’re opting to whip by hand you’ll want to get a medium-sized mixing bowl and a whisk and start the whipping! You want to use a bowl so you can really whip in that air. I first tried this by hand and it took about 10 minutes to get it whipped up. It was a tiring arm workout but 100% worth it.
If you have a handheld frother you’ll do the same as you would with a mixer.
After you’re doing whipping you’ll divide the mixture into 2 servings and serve over iced milk or warmed milk.
Gently stir to combine and enjoy!
What type of milk should I use for Dalgona coffee?
Whatever type of milk you typically enjoy for your coffee!
I love using the Pacific Natural Barista Oat Milk Blend but this deliciously blends with whole milk, skim milk, almond milk, cashew milk, and coconut milk.
Seriously, whatever milk you like is the one you should use.
Love this pumpkin spice whipped coffee?
Why not try a few of my other tasty beverages!
- Pumpkin Spice Coffee Protein Shake
- Vanilla Bean Horchata Iced Coffee
- Coconut Gelato Iced Coffee Affogato
- Traditional Irish Coffee
- Irish Coffee Frappe
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 2 cups ice
- 2 cups milk of choice
- In a medium bowl, combine instant coffee, sugar, boiling water, pumpkin spice, and vanilla extract.
- Mix with a hand mixer until light in color and soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.
- Place one cup of ice and one cup of milk in 2 coffee mugs.
- Divide the whipped coffee between the two mugs.
- Stir to combine the whipped coffee and milk.
You can omit the sugar if you unsweet coffee.
Add more or less pumpkin pie spice depending on how "spiced" you want your coffee.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 132mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 9g
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