Coffee Facts: Whipped Dalgona Coffee vs. Greek Frappe Coffee
Both whipped coffee and frappe coffee are very popular drinks, so what is the difference between them and which is best for your coffee preferences?
What is Whipped Coffee?
You might be most familiar with whipped coffee as it recently became a popularized coffee trend in the last year. Whipped coffee is also known as dalgona coffee. It was originally created in Korea and this Korean coffee trend then spread to the rest of the world through social media. It is a very aesthetically pleasing drink and it is essentially a layer of whipped, fluffy coffee on top of cold milk and ice.
How to Make Whipped Coffee
If you are wondering how to make dalgona coffee or whipped coffee yourself at home, it is actually a simple process. In fact, it is only made with four ingredients! This includes instant coffee, sugar, water, and milk.
In order to create your whipped coffee, simply add in instant coffee, sugar, and water at a one to one ratio. For instance, two tablespoons of instant coffee, two tablespoons of granulated sugar, and two tablespoons of water. Once you have done this, you mix the ingredients together either by hand or using a hand mixer until stiff peaks are formed. Keep in mind that mixing this by hand can take a lot longer and require lots of arm power and endurance.
How to Drink Whipped Coffee
The simplest way to drink your dalgona is adding the coffee froth you have mixed up over milk and ice, stir it together and enjoy. However, there are plenty of other ways you can customize the drink to better fit your taste preferences. For instance, if you prefer hot coffee, you can add your dalgona coffee over hot or steamed milk. Additionally, if you enjoy flavored coffee or have a sweet tooth, vanilla or caramel syrup flavors can be added into your dalgona coffee drink as well.
What Makes Whipped Coffee Whipped?
If this is the first time you have heard of dalgona coffee, or whipped coffee, you may be surprised that coffee can be transformed into a whipped cream texture. So what makes whipped coffee whipped and can you use coffee beans to make whipped coffee?
The act of whipping using a whisk not only blends ingredients together, but incorporates air into the mixture. Moreover, the properties of sugar and instant coffee allow these air bubbles to suspend into the mixture, creating a fluffy froth of coffee. Due to the unique properties of instant coffee, whipped coffee can’t be made from ground coffee. This is because regular coffee does not have the emulsifiers in instant coffee that allows the frothing effect to occur.
What is a Frappe Coffee?
Now that we know what whipped coffee is, what is a frappe coffee and how is it made? The word frappe is French meaning to be beaten or shaken. Just like its name, this is how the frappe coffee is made.
So what is in a frappe? While there are plenty of forms of the coffee depending on the shop that makes it or according to someone’s personal preference, the original frappe comes from Greece. The Greek version is a simple recipe that uses instant coffee, cold water, ice cubes, and sugar. You can also use cold milk rather than water for a creamier drink. These ingredients are then mixed or shaken together using a hand shaker or mixer until the drink becomes foamy.
How to Make a Frappe
So how to make a frappe coffee at home? The quickest and easiest way you can make your own frappe at home is to add in two tablespoons of instant coffee, cold water or cold milk, ice cubes, and sugar to taste into a blender or cocktail shaker. Once you have blended or shaken these ingredients together, your delicious frothy coffee is ready to be poured into a cup and enjoyed.
Moreover, you can easily customize this coffee drink to your own personal taste preferences. This includes adding flavored syrups such as vanilla or mocha. You can also add toppings to your frappe coffee after you have poured it into a cup. These can include whipped cream, milk foam, ice cream, or caramel.
Whipped Coffee vs. Frappe Coffee
Frappe coffee and whipped coffee may seem pretty similar in that they are both a type of frothed coffee drink. However, there are some significant differences between them. So what are the differences and similarities between whipped coffee and frappe coffee?
To start off, there are a few similarities both coffee drinks share. For one, they are both made with instant coffee. Additionally, both recipes without any additional toppings or add-ins, only require four ingredients. Due to this, both the dalgona coffee and whipped coffee are very easy to make and do not take up much time. Another similarity is that they both can be easily customized according to a person’s taste preference by adding in flavored syrups or toppings.
The biggest difference between a frappe and a whipped coffee is that they have distinct textures. For instance, the dalgona or whipped coffee is a lot thicker in texture before it is mixed in with milk. On the other hand, as frappe coffee is shaken with all ingredients including cold water or milk, its consistency is thinner and not as fluffy as whipped coffee. Additionally, while dalgona is always mixed with a type of milk, frappe coffee can be made with either water or milk. Lastly, whipped coffee can be made into either an iced or hot drink but frappe coffee is always served cold.