It’s All the Rage – Coffee Jelly!

It’s All the Rage – Coffee Jelly!

The Best Coffee Jelly Recipe & More

The newest coffee fad is a tasty combination of delicious coffee and a sweet dessert – Coffee Jelly. So what is coffee jelly, how does it taste, and how can you make your own coffee jelly recipe? Read on and you’ll find out all of this and more! 

About Coffee Jelly and Why to Try It

Coffee jelly is made by taking freshly brewed coffee and mixing it with unflavored gelatin and sugar. It was created in Japan after coffee was introduced there by westerners. The beauty of coffee jelly is its elegant simplicity and immense flexibility! 

With strong coffee, this recipe tastes great with a splash of cold milk! With weaker coffee and plenty of sugar, it makes a sweet dessert. You can also mix it into cold-brew coffee drinks! When you do this, it’s similar to drinking coffee jelly boba tea, otherwise called bubble tea. 

You can eat coffee jelly like you'd eat jello as well. Enjoyed with a side of cold, creamy ice cream, it creates a tasty flavor and texture combination. If you’re into gastronomy, coffee jelly is a great treat to try out!

Pro tip: use our coffee to make flavorful and fresh coffee jelly, coffee bubble tea, and other boba drinks! We have a ton of tasty flavored coffees for making your own delicious custom coffee jelly that's like nothing else. Or, try using our gourmet coffees for culinary excellence and gastronomy superiority with your coffee gelatin recipe experiments.


Recipe for Making Coffee Jelly at Home

The recipe for coffee jelly is extremely easy.


2 cups freshly brewed coffee

2 tablespoons cold water

3 tablespoons sugar (more if you wish)

1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin


Bloom gelatin by adding the gelatin and water to a small bowl and mixing thoroughly. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Heat the coffee over low heat in a saucepan. Add the sugar and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Strain the mixture into serving dishes or a large pan to cube later. Place in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours or until set. Next, check out some of these yummy serving suggestions!

How Do You Take Your Jelly?

There are so many ways to enjoy coffee jelly. 

• Dessert Gelatin Coffee

If you set your jelly in individual serving dishes, top with fresh whipped cream and maybe a sprinkle of chocolate and serve.

If you set your coffee jelly in a pan, cut it into 1” cubes. Place cubes in individual serving dishes and top with whipped cream and serve.

• Coffee Jelly and Sweet Cream

Combine one small can of sweetened condensed milk and 2 small or one medium can of table cream in a large container with a lid. Place cubed coffee jelly in the container and cover. Chill until ready to serve.

• Java Jelly and Ice Beverage

This drink combines coffee jelly, frozen coffee, and whipped cream. The recipe makes 4 drinks.

Recipe and Ingredients for a Frozen Coffee Jelly Beverage

1 1/2 cups cooled coffee

1/4 cup chocolate syrup

1/4 cup heavy cream

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

3 cups ice


Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.


Place cubes of coffee jelly in the bottom of serving glasses. Top with 3 tablespoons of whipped cream and spread to make a smooth layer. Top with a cup of frozen coffee and top with the remaining whipped cream.

• Espresso Pudding with Jelly

This dessert is a delightful mix of textures. This uses a simple chocolate espresso recipe. Feel free to use a “from-scratch” recipe, replacing 1/4 of the milk with espresso.


Here's the Recipe for Coffee Gelatin and Pudding:


1 package chocolate pudding mix

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup espresso


Follow the directions found on the pudding mix box.


Layer the coffee jelly cubes and the espresso pudding in serving dishes. Chill for a couple of hours. Top with whipped cream and chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Other Simple Serving Options

There are simple options for your coffee jelly. Try any of these tasty treats.

• Toast and Jelly

This is a unique use of your coffee jelly. Use your favorite bread and toast it to your liking. Smear as much coffee jelly on your toast as you wish. If you like, butter your toast first with a bit of cream.

• Frappe Jelly

When you make your frappe, before pouring it into your serving glass, add some cubes of coffee jelly.

• Iced Coffee Jelly

It’s the coffee version of bubble tea! Make your iced coffee however you wish. Add your cubes of coffee jelly. 

• As an Ice Cream Topping

Spruce up your vanilla bean ice cream with a couple of cubes of coffee jelly, a dollop of whipped cream, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

For your coffee jelly drinks, look for bubble tea straws. 

You can use any of your favorite non-flavored coffees for your coffee jelly. Brew it a little stronger than you normally do. We suggest our Gourmet House  Blend or our After Dinner Blend


Coffee Jelly FAQS

We get it, this is a bit of a strange take on coffee. Still, these unique cubes of jelly can be a super fun way to change how you use coffee. Whether you decide to make a coffee jelly beverage or a jiggly caffeinated gelatin dessert, if you want to try something new, this can be a really fun way to expand your palette!


• Is coffee jelly Japanese?

Yes, most credit the invention of coffee jelly to the Japanese. After coffee was introduced from the west, culinary pioneers began using it for all kinds of delicacies in Japan!


• Is there a coffee jelly boba tea?

Yes, jelly drinks with cold milk are often enjoyed in the form of boba tea, also called bubble tea.


• Coffee jelly where to buy it?

Searching for "coffee jelly near me" can yield many results online. However, making this interesting dessert is easy at home. Just use our above coffee jelly recipe!


What do you think about coffee jelly? Have you tried it before? Try them all and pick your favorite, then let us know how you liked them. We are always excited to hear the feedback of fellow coffee lovers!


Originally published by Colleen in October of 2019

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