Japanese Coffee Jelly

Japanese coffee jelly in cup

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

Coffee jelly is a jelly dessert flavored made from black coffee and gelatin. Once common in British and American cookbooks, it now most common in Japan, where it can be found in most restaurants and convenience stores. Coffee Jelly was first made at a branch of a Japanese chain coffee shop in the 1960s and became popular all over Japan. Coffee jelly is light and not too sweet, though you can adjust the sweetness to your liking. It's perfect as an after-dinner dessert.

If you’re looking for a light and unusual dessert after Japanese dinner, this is the one for you. It's known as a refreshing Japanese summertime treat but you can enjoy it all year long.


  • 2 cups coffee
  • 2 tablespoon sugar (adjust the amount of sugar based on your preference)
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin powder (mixed with 4 tablespoons of water)
  • Optional: whipped cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Put coffee and sugar in a saucepan.

  3. Heat to almost a boil.

  4. Stop the heat.

  5. Put the gelatin mixture and stir well until it dissolves.

  6. When it's cooled down, pour into serving cups or containers.

  7. Cool in the refrigerator until set.

  8. Top with some whipped cream before serving if you would like.


  • You can use strong coffee, but espresso is best, especially because of the wonderful aroma it imparts.
  • It is sweet as is, but it is even better with some heavy cream or condensed milk. The cream goes well with the texture of the jelly and complements the flavor of coffee very well.
  • When you are making the jelly, be aware that it needs to harden in a container. A shallow pan works well to create a thin layer of jelly (about 1-inch thick) which you then cut into cubes. You can also use other containers, such as small bowls or cups, and serve the jelly without cutting.

Serving Suggestions

  • Try serving coffee jelly with frozen whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
  • It's quite delicious with ice cream, regular whipped cream or flavored coffee cream.
  • It can be served solid in glasses or cubed in bowls.

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