How to Make Coffee Jelly: Step-by-step Guide

If you’re thinking about making coffee jelly, it could mean you’ve dug back into the old-school British and American cookbooks, or maybe you got a craving after you tasted a cup of delicious coffee jelly made by a friend.

Whichever applies to you, you can actually make a delicious cup of coffee jelly right in your kitchen using a bunch of recipes. Making coffee jelly shouldn’t take more much depending on how many servings you’re going for and how creative you’d want to get with the recipes. You can add frozen whipped cream, regular whipped cream, ice cream, or flavored coffee cream for that refreshing taste that will calm your nerves.

There are three recipes to try out here and they’re just about the same, but some come with a little extra which boosts the taste and the result.

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How to Make Coffee Jelly (Recipe 1)


You should be able to find the ingredients in your kitchen. If not, you can always get them in the store at extremely affordable prices. There are no big expenses to make when making coffee jelly.

  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups brewed strong black coffee
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • Get a small bowl and mix the gelatin powder and water
  • In a saucepan, place the brewed coffee and sugar. Set the saucepan to a medium-high heat setting to bring it to a near boil.
  • Turn off the heat and go back to the gelatin mixture. Whisk in the mixture until it dissolves then wait till it cools.
  • Pour the entire mixture (coffee gelatin) into a shallow baking dish and place it in the refrigerator. This is actually the longest part of the preparation process. You should allow it to refrigerate for up to 5 hours to allow the coffee jelly to set in.
  • Once set, cut the gelatin into small cubes of about half inches.
  • Serve the cubes into serving dishes and top it with any desired creamer (whipped cream).


  • You can store any leftover coffee jelly in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. This way, it will remain fresh for up to two days.
  • This recipe will require a strong coffee to give out a better taste. It is recommended that you go for espresso as it would give the best results in terms of flavor and aroma.
  • Depending on your preference, you can add little or more sugar.
  • For vegetarians, you could replace gelatin with agar. You’d still get the same refreshing taste in the end.
  • Cutting the mixture into cubes isn’t actually necessary. You could instead, pour the mixture into small bowls or cups.

How to Make Coffee Jelly (Recipe 2)


  • 1 pouch clear jelly powder
  • 5 cups tap water
  • Instant coffee powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • 1 small can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 packs all-purpose cream


  • Prepare a pot by adding water. Then sprinkle the jelly powder and stir until dissolved.
  • Bring the pot to a soft boil, then turn off the heat. Add the other ingredients (sugar and coffee powder) and stir until dissolved.
  • Pour the entire mixture into a square pan and let it cool.
  • Cut the coffee jelly into cubes. The actual sizes should depend on your taste.
  • Get a large bowl and mix together the all-purpose cream and sweetened condensed milk till they’re both well combined. Add the coffee jelly cubes to the mixture and mix them again.
  • Cover the entire mixture and place it into the refrigerator.
  • Wait until it’s chilled, then serve.


This recipe focuses on using jelly powder rather than gelatin powder but it can also be used. With gelatin powder, you’d have to adjust the amount used to ensure that it mixes well with the water. If you’re using gelatin, then you’d have to dissolve it in hot water or hot coffee then refrigerate until it’s set. This could take anywhere between 2 to 6 hours.

If you’re going for cream and sweetened condensed milk, you can actually decide just how much you want and how sweet you want the coffee jelly to taste. Also, adding sugar should depend on you. If you think that too much sweetness, you can leave it out entirely.

Final Thoughts

These are the two ways to make coffee jelly and get the best out of it. This recipe might require a bit of dedication especially if you’re planning on going for gelatin. You would have to refrigerate for up to 6 hours to get it set. IF you don’t have all the time in the world, then you can pick jelly powder. This saves your time and still gives you the same result.