Japanese Coffee Jelly

Japanese coffee jelly in cup

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Set Time: 5 hrs
Total: 5 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
31 Calories
0g Fat
6g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 58mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Coffee jelly is a dessert made from black coffee and gelatin. Once common in British and American cookbooks, it gained popularity in Japan in the 1960s after a branch of a Japanese chain coffee shop first made the concoction. It is now found in most restaurants and convenience stores throughout the country.

Coffee jelly is light and not too sweet, though you can adjust the sweetness to your liking. It's perfect for dessert, especially following a Japanese dinner, and is known as a refreshing Japanese summertime treat—but feel free to enjoy it all year long.


  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin powder

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 2 cups brewed strong black coffee

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • Whipped cream, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the gelatin powder and water.

  3. Place the brewed coffee and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a near boil over medium-high heat.

  4. Turn off the heat, and whisk in the gelatin mixture until it dissolves. Set aside to cool.

  5. Pour the coffee gelatin mixture into a shallow baking dish and refrigerate until set, about 5 hours.

  6. Once the coffee jelly has set, cut the gelatin into 1/2-inch cubes.

  7. Spoon the cubes into individual serving dishes and top with whipped cream, if desired.

How to Store

Keep leftover coffee jelly in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it will last up to two days.


  • This recipe requires strong coffee; if you can, use espresso as it will impart both rich flavor and wonderful aroma.
  • You can adjust the amount of sugar based on your preference.
  • To make this recipe vegetarian, use agar-agar instead of gelatin.
  • Instead of cutting into cubes, make individual servings by pouring the mixture into small bowls or cups.
  • Create a coffee experience by placing the cubes in a mug and adding some heavy cream or condensed milk.

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