Japanese internet falls in love with 'dirty coffee,' so let’s make some of our own

By Krista Rogers, SoraNews24

Need a little something to spice up your home coffee routine? Just as dalgona whipped coffee took the Japanese Internet by storm last year, a second new DIY coffee trend born in South Korea is currently making the rounds which is called “dirty coffee.”

Before you write that off as sounding extremely unappetizing, recognize that the “dirty” in its name is referring to a certain level of artistic messiness. It’s also extremely simple to make–just whip up some fresh cream, place a generous dollop on a cup of coffee, and adorn it with your toppings of choice. Not anything earth-shatteringly complex, but it’s a fun twist on a mundane beverage.

To test it out for ourselves, we picked up some fresh cream, chocolate, and roasted nuts at the local convenience store.


You can use any kind of coffee for the base, whether instant or brewed. Just make sure that you rest your cup on a saucer or a small plate for reasons that will become apparent very soon. The only step in crafting the beverage that takes a little manpower is whipping the cream–but that’s what hand mixers are for.


It took us about 7-8 minutes to get enough volume for the type of whipped cream that we wanted. After that, all we had to do was arrange everything as messily or as artistically–or some combination of the two–as possible. In particular, we weren’t shy about letting the whipped cream and toppings cascade over the side of our cup to spill onto the saucer underneath.

We topped the first dirty coffee we made with pieces of shaved chocolate and chocolate chip cookies.


We topped the second one with roasted almonds, maple syrup walnuts, and a dusting of cinnamon.


Of course, with so many sweet and sugary toppings, dirty coffee is really more of a dessert pretending to be a coffee than a beverage. It’s also really hard to drink naturally without using a spoon.


Acknowledging those things, both of our creations turned out delicious. We’d love to experiment with more flavors and different kinds of toppings.

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Unsurprisingly a big chunk of sugar and fat with a hint of coffee taste will turn up "delicious".

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just whip up some fresh cream

The "ホイップ-hoippu-whip" used here is cream substitute made with processed vegetable fat. It is to cream what margarine is to butter. It clearly says 植物性脂肪 in big letters on the carton. This may be completely obvious to some, but will not be if you cannot read Japanese and/or do not understand food standards. The story repeatedly refers to "cream", but the product used is not cream and does not say "cream" anywhere on the carton. It is not legally allowed to. If you want to avoid processed foods, do not buy this product.

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I don't know about the precise "hoippu" in the photo, but the one produced by Megu Milk contains dairy derived ingredients (乳成分)


If you want to be vegan or avoid dairy in Japan, you must read labels. Google Translate will help you.

We eat meat in my family, but I don't like spending money on low quality or highly processed foods that get passed off as regular quality ones, e.g., happoshu, margarine, fake cream, low quality ice cream ("raked ice" in Japanese), all of industrial syrups in place of sugar.... I will eat processed foods, but I want it to be my choice, not because I am being duped into thinking something that looks like ice cream must be made with cream. My wife bakes a lot, with tons of butter and sugar, and for me, this is way better than the fake stuff in mass produced cakes and cookies.

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Yes, well I can see the appeal in the combination of coffee, whipped cream and chocolatey/nutty toppings, but why does it have to be 'dirty'?

Just use a bigger mug! Or divide into two mugs and share with a friend.

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I think I'll just stick to the nuts (providing it has no added salt or fat).

And why the hell are nuts so expensive here?

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I'll have an espresso anytime

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