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How to Make Coffee Jelly in 4 Easy Steps

Coffee jelly is a deliciously jiggly dessert that can be enjoyed on its own or added to other dishes for a coffee kick. It’s super simple to make and a great treat to make yourself or loved ones. See how to make our coffee jelly recipe below.

What is coffee jelly?

Coffee jelly is a delicious dessert made up of gelatine and black coffee. It is then chopped up to be served with a variety of dishes. And, coffee jelly recipes are super simple to make.

Where does coffee jelly come from?

Coffee jelly is a popular dish in British and American cookbooks, but gained popularity in Japan in the 1960s. A Japanese coffee shop crafted the dish and named it kohii zerii. It can now be found in many restaurants and convenience stores.

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minute
Cool and set: 6 hours
Total: 6 hrs 10 mins

How to make coffee jelly in 4 easy steps

Coffee jelly ingredients:

  • 60ml hot water
  • 1 tbsp of unflavoured powdered gelatine
  • 470ml of fresh and strongly brewed coffee (We suggest our Americano coffee pods)
  • 2 tbsp white sugar

See how to make coffee jelly below:

  • Stir together the hot water and the gelatine in a small bowl until the gelatine dissolves.
  • Pour into a saucepan, brew and stir in the coffee pod and sugar. Bring it to a boil over a high heat.
  • Pour the coffee mixture into a shallow, 9-inch square baking tray or dish. Then, chill it in the refrigerator until solidified (about 6 hours).
  • Cut your coffee jelly into cubes to serve.

How can I serve my coffee jelly?

Our coffee jelly recipe doesn’t have to be served on its own. There are so many delicious combinations that you can add to your coffee jelly ingredients list to tantalise your tastebuds. We’ve noted some below – take a look!

Add cream for an authentic Japanese coffee jelly

In Japan, coffee jelly cubes are cut up into squares and placed into a dish. Then, equal parts heavy cream and condensed milk are whisked together slightly before being poured onto the coffee cubes.

With ice cream

A rich twist on jelly and ice cream. Our coffee jelly recipe tastes great with a scoop of classic vanilla ice cream but feel free to experiment with other ice cream flavours!

With milk tea

We’ve probably all had a bubble tea (or boba tea) by now. Instead of tapioca pearls in your boba, popping coffee jelly cubes instead can give a great caffeine twist.

In iced coffee

Similar to the above, placing your coffee jelly cubes in to your iced coffee adds to that coffee flavour that you love. We don’t recommend using them in hot coffee, however, as the cubes will melt!

With cheesecake

No-bake cheesecakes are perfect for coffee jelly. Simply fold the coffee jelly cubes into the creamy mixture before you set the finished cheesecake in the fridge. Or, you could even use coffee jelly cubes as a topping.

Can I make this coffee jelly recipe vegetarian?

Yes! There are many gelatine alternatives for vegetarian and vegan diets that you can use instead of gelatine. Take a look at: agar-agar (which they also use in Japan), Vegan Jel, Vegi Gel and Vege-Gel sachets. The amount of vegetarian/vegan gelatine solution you need may differ, so make sure to check the back of the package.


We hope this coffee jelly recipe was delicious! Find more delightful coffee recipes in our recipes hub.  


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