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Coffee Jelly Recipe

Have you ever finished dinner and found yourself craving something a little bit silly for dessert? Silly like… Jello? Jello is amazing. It’s delicious, sweet, and it jiggles. But there’s a problem.

How do you suggest having a nice, big, post-supper helping of gelatin without sounding like a five-year-old?  The answer: Coffee Jelly.

You heard us right. This amazing recipe combines the fun-loving youthfulness of Jello with the respect of a good cup of coffee. Simultaneously bringing youth and sophistication to the table, this recipe creates one deliciously jiggly cube of culinary goodness.

Okay, enough tantalizing. Let’s start the tutorial for our coffee jelly recipe!

Ingredients of Coffee Jelly

  • 2 cups coffee
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp gelatin powder
  • 4 tbsp water
  • half and half, flavoured creamer, or whipped cream (optional)



20 minutes


4 servings

Other Items you’ll need

  • Glass
  • Saucepan
  • Bowl(s) or shallow pan

How To Make Coffee Jelly (Easy-to-Follow Procedure!)

This recipe generally follows the process of most Japanese coffee jelly recipes. (More on its popularity in Japan below…)

If you’re familiar with making gelatin, this one should be a cinch. And it has a pretty short ingredient list too!

Coffee Jelly
  1. Combine coffee and sugar in saucepan and mix.
  2. Heat until almost boiling and then turn off the heat.
  3. In a separate glass combine gelatin and water and stir thoroughly.
  4. Add gelatin mixture to the saucepan and stir until fully dissolved.
  5. Let cool.
  6. Pour contents of saucepan into bowl(s) or a shallow pan.
  7. Put into refrigerator and leave until gelatin has fully set. This can take a few hours.
  8. Once set, the coffee jelly is ready! Serve it in a cup or bowl with half and half, flavored creamer, or whipped cream on top. Don’t forget a spoon!


  • Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar involved (or even use a substitute sweetener) to your preferred sweetness.

Ways to Serve Your Coffee Jelly

Apart from digging right into the bowl with a spoon, here are some great suggestions for how you can serve your coffee jelly.

Cube it

  • This is the most popular way to serve your coffee jelly, as it’s both practical and convenient. Simply chill it in a shallow pan and then cut it into squares with a knife!

Put it in a cup

  • You can fill a cup with some cubes, creating a sort of “coffee jelly drink”, or even chill it right in the cup in the first place! This option is perfect for more of a single serve feel.

Serve it with ice cream

  • Whether it’s plain vanilla, chocolate, or coffee-flavored, ice cream is a great complement to your cubed coffee goodness.
a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Serve it with whipped cream and/or chocolate sauce

  • … a classic final touch to any dessert!

Where Does Coffee Jelly Come From?

Coffee jelly is very popular in Japan, where jellies, in general, are a big thing. And Japan happens to be one of the main producers of pre-made coffee jelly. We feature the Japanese version of this recipe in our ultimate coffee dessert recipe list.

Apart from Japan, however, most of the world has forgotten about this spectacular dessert, with the exception of a Filipino version coffee jelly recipe (1) that incorporates condensed milk into the recipe as well.

But this lack of popularity wasn’t always the case.

The dessert was once popular in the United States, particularly in New England, where it was called “coffee gelatin”. And if you go further back, all the way to 1817, you’ll find it was eaten in Britain, as well!

But over the years, the demand for this delectable treat somehow declined – a great tragedy to dessert menus across the globe.

NOTE: You can find out more on the history of coffee jelly here (2)!

Final Thoughts

coffee jelly in a cup with milk.

Coffee jelly is a beautiful combination of bitter and sweet and can be the perfect follow-up to a good meal. While the concept of gelatin coffee has remained popular in a few places, it has been lost over the years everywhere else. It’s time to change that.

For more sweets, head to our coffee desserts library here. If you liked this guide,  I’d suggest trying your hand with making chocolate covered coffee beans.

  1. Coffee Jelly Retrieved from https://www.filipino-food-recipes.com/coffee-jelly.html
  2. Coffee Jelly Is The Dessert That Just Won't Die | HuffPost India Retrieved from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coffee-jelly-history_n_57e14b67e4b0071a6e098066

Alex Mastin
My world consists of coffee, travel, water sports and dogs...sometimes all at the same time! I spent years traveling and working in various coffee establishments, and it was on my travels that my love affair with coffee began. I've been involved in every part of the coffee production process from farm to cup and love nothing more than sharing my knowledge of my favorite morning brew with the world.

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