Smooth and frothy coffee has become a new beverage trend with whipped coffee recipes popping up all over social media. This Beaten Coffee, which is more commonly known as Indian Coffee or an Indian Cappuccino, is a powerful caffeinated espresso topped with a foamy sweet whipped coffee.
Beaten Coffee Recipe
There’s a huge whipped coffee craze taking social media by storm, but its origins are slightly unclear. Did the social storm start in Asia when influencers were beating up their own versions and filming them live? Thus popularizing the beverage insurmountably. Could it possibly have been a more ancient coffee tradition from India where instant coffee was hand-beaten into a froth?
I personally can’t answer this question, but I can tell you it’s delicious after preparing many versions for myself. This beaten coffee recipe is simple to prepare and a decadent caffeinated treat.
If you enjoy this Indian Cappuccino recipe then try this extremely similar Whipped Coffee version that started the whole frothy coffee craze or try another unique beverage like this Thai Iced Tea from scratch.
What is Beaten Coffee?
This recipe is similar to the basic whipped coffee, which is a smooth and foamy mixture placed on top of milk. The Indian-style coffee is more of a cappuccino in that it uses both espresso and steamed milk.
The name “beaten coffee” comes from the process of preparing the silky smooth and thick mixture that goes on top of the drink. By hand-beating instant coffee, sugar, and water you end up with delicious froth. The process of beating the mixture though takes a good 20 minutes if using your hands. If using a hand mixer you can reach the desired consistency in about 5 minutes.
How to Make Beaten Coffee
Making this decadent drink is simple and one you can prepare in minutes. I’ll show you how to make Indian-style coffee in the steps below.
- Prepare Coffee or Espresso. Prepare the espresso using an espresso machine or brew coffee using a standard drip maker or French press. Pour into the preferred glass.
- Steam Milk. Heat 1 cup of milk in a small pot over medium heat, whisking continuously for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the milk is slightly foamy and warmed. Be careful to not scorch the milk (stirring helps). If you have a milk frother machine such as the Nespresso Aeroccino then you can also use it to warm the milk.
- Combine. Add 3 tablespoons of instant coffee powder, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 3 tablespoons of warm water to a small bowl and stir the contents together.
- Beat. Using a hand-held mixer set to medium-low speed, begin to beat the coffee mixture.
- Continue Beating. The mixture will begin to lighten and turn frothy after about a minute. Keep beating.
- Beat Until Smooth. After about 5 minutes the mixture will begin to turn a golden brown and thicken into a smooth frothy mixture.
- Arrange. Pour the espresso into your cup and either top with the steamed milk or stir the steamed milk with the beaten coffee. Then spoon the beaten coffee on top.
Ingredients in Indian Style Coffee
The ingredients in Indian cappuccino are simple just like the traditional Italian cappuccino and are also versatile. Try adding some flavor like this Strawberry Latte.
- Freshly Brewed Espresso (or Coffee)
- Steamed Milk
- Instant Coffee Powder
- Warm Water
Can I use Coffee Instead of Espresso?
Yes. If you don’t have an espresso machine or something like a Nespresso maker then you can easily use a standard drip coffee maker. A Keurig coffee will also work. For a stronger brewed coffee though I recommend using a French press if you have one.
How to Store Beaten Coffee
If you’re looking to save time in the mornings then you can make several servings of the froth and place it into an air-tight container. Keep the container in the refrigerator and store it for up to 7 days.
Can You Make this Indian Cappuccino Ahead of Time?
Yes! You can whip up a large batch by doubling or tripling the recipe below. The more you increase the servings size of the recipe the longer you will have to whip the coffee mixture to get it frothy. Store the beaten mixture in an air-tight container and place it in the fridge.
Can You Make Iced Beaten Coffee?
Yes! Prepare some cold-brewed coffee or pour your freshly brewed coffee over ice. Then leave out steaming the milk and stir it into the froth or pout over the iced beverage. Then top the mixture with the froth.
Can I use Starbucks Via to Make the Drink?
Yes. If you have a regular Starbucks Via it will work, however, the latte versions such as the peppermint mocha won’t work as well.
Can You Add Flavor to Beaten Coffee?
Yes. To add flavor stir syrup into the freshly brewed coffee or espresso before assembling the rest of the recipe. Some delicious options that will maximize the flavor of this beverage or listed below.
- Vanilla Syrup
- Hazelnut Syrup
- Caramel Syrup
- Chocolate Syrup
Some other ways to add additional flavor to your drink recipe are with powders or drizzling other types of syrups on top.
- Cocoa Powder
- Freshly Grated Nutmeg
Can I use Non-Dairy Milk?
Yes, any type of milk will work for this recipe, dairy or non-dairy.
Beaten Coffee (Indian Cappuccino)
- 1 cup Espresso or freshly brewed coffee
- 1 cup Milk
- 3 tablespoons Instant Coffee
- 3 tablespoons Sugar
- 3 tablespoons Warm Water
- Prepare the espresso using an espresso machine or brew coffee using a standard drip maker or French press. Pour into the preferred glass.
- Heat 1 cup of milk in a small pot over medium heat, whisking continuously for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the milk is slightly foamy and warmed. Be careful to not scorch the milk (stirring helps). If you have a milk frother machine such as the Nespresso Aeroccino then you can also use it to warm the milk.
- Add 3 tablespoons of instant coffee powder, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 3 tablespoons of warm water to a small bowl and stir contents together.
- Using a hand-held mixer set to medium-low speed, begin to beat the coffee mixture. The ingredients will begin to bubble and then thicken. After about 5 minutes of beating it will become a light golden brown and turn silky smooth.
- Pour the espresso into your cup and either top with the steamed milk or stir the steamed milk with the beaten coffee. Then spoon the beaten coffee on top.