Heavenly Coffee Jello Dessert: A Perfect Summer Treat!

Folks, I’ve got a little secret to share with you today: there’s more to coffee than your basic drip brew! For all you coffee lovers out there who are looking for something new and exciting, I’ve got just the recipe for you. Today, I’m going to show you how to make the most incredible coffee jello dessert that you’ve ever tasted – and trust me when I say that this is a recipe that coffee enthusiasts won’t want to miss!

If you’re not familiar with coffee jelly or Japanese desserts in general, then let me tell you: they’re easy to make and incredibly delicious. Coffee jelly is a unique, sweetened coffee dessert that’s made from brewed coffee and unflavored gelatin. It’s a popular treat in Japan and is enjoyed as a light and refreshing snack or an after-dinner dessert.

So if you’re ready to take your love for coffee to the next level – or if you’re just in need of a fun new dessert recipe to try out – then follow along, folks! Trust me, after making this coffee jelly recipe once, it’ll become a staple on your dessert menu for years to come.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Jello Dessert
Coffee Jello Dessert

Are you looking for an exciting new way to enjoy your daily dose of caffeine? Look no further than this coffee jello dessert recipe! With its unique texture and rich coffee flavor, it’s sure to become a new favorite.

Firstly, the combination of brewed coffee and unflavored gelatin creates a delightfully jiggly texture that will make you feel like a kid again. But make no mistake, this is not your average Jell-O dessert. The addition of white sugar and lemon juice creates a perfect balance of sweetness with a subtle acidity that highlights the richness of the coffee.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also incredibly versatile. The added bonus is that it can be enjoyed as either a dessert or an afternoon snack. Plus, the recipe provides multiple variations for both substitution of ingredients and adjustments in serving size in case you want this yummy treat all to yourself!

In addition, making this coffee jelly recipe couldn’t be simpler. All you need are a few basic ingredients, such as brewed coffee, water, unflavored gelatin powder and sugar which are mixed together with condensed milk. And don’t let the “gelatin” part scare you away; the process is quick and easy.

Finally, I have paired this delightful coffee jelly with whipped cream or served alongside ice cream for an added layer of creamy indulgence. As someone who loves sweets and loves coffee even more, I could not be more excited about this easy Japanese dessert!

Try out our easy Japanese Coffee dessert today! Trust me – you won’t regret it.

Ingredient List

 A jiggly and delicious way to enjoy your caffeine fix!
A jiggly and delicious way to enjoy your caffeine fix!


To make this coffee jello dessert, you will need:

  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin powder
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

These ingredients are easily available in any grocery store, and the recipe will require only a few minutes of preparation time.

The Recipe How-To

 When coffee meets jello, magical things happen.
When coffee meets jello, magical things happen.

Now that we know the ingredients, let’s move on to how to make this delectable Coffee Jello Dessert recipe.


  1. Start by brewing 2 cups of your best coffee. Allow it to cool.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin powder and 3 tablespoons of cold water. Stir until the gelatin powder has dissolved.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of instant coffee powder and 2 tablespoons of white sugar.

  4. Add this mixture to the brewed coffee and stir until all sugar is dissolved completely.

  5. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, add it to the large bowl with the gelatin mixture.

  6. Stir everything together until the gelatin mixture mixes into the coffee mixture.

  7. Add 1 cup cold coffee and a can of condensed milk into the bowl, stir well again.

  8. After stirring, let it stand for around 10 minutes or so, giving time for the gelatin and sugar to completely dissolve.

  9. Pour this mixture into small bowls or cups and leave to set in your fridge for about 4-5 hours until firm.

  10. Once firm, you can serve each portion topped with freshly whipped cream for an even richer taste.

  11. Enjoy your homemade coffee jelly dessert with family and friends!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfect for a summer treat or a fancy dinner party.
Perfect for a summer treat or a fancy dinner party.

If you’re looking to switch things up with this coffee jello dessert recipe, there are a few variations and substitutions you can try out.

Firstly, you can switch out the brewed coffee with instant coffee powder, especially if you’re in a hurry or don’t have access to brewed coffee. For the unflavored gelatin, you can opt for agar powder instead if you prefer a vegan version of the dessert or if you simply want to avoid gelatin-based desserts.

If you’re looking for a sweeter taste, you can add sweetened condensed milk to the mixture in place of the sugar. Alternatively, use coconut milk as a dairy-free option.

For an added twist, mix up the flavor by adding lemon juice to create a refreshing lemon coffee jelly or substitute some of the water with another fruit juice such as orange or apple.

You can also experiment with different types of toppings such as whipped cream or ice cream to complement the jelly flavor. Try adding chocolate shavings on top to give it that extra indulgent taste.

In addition, this recipe can be easily adapted to turn it into a Japanese dessert known as Coffee Jelly (Kohi Zeri). Simply change the name and presentation! Either way, this easy Japanese and popular coffee gelatin dessert is sure to please everyone’s taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 This coffee jello dessert will impress all your guests.
This coffee jello dessert will impress all your guests.

This coffee jello dessert is a perfect cross between a jello and a pudding, making it an ideal ending to any meal. It’s light and refreshing, yet still satisfies your sweet tooth. Its unique texture and bold coffee flavor make it an excellent pairing with a cup of coffee or tea.

For an extra special touch, try serving it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. The sweetness from the whipped cream complements the bitterness of the coffee perfectly. The cold, creamy ice cream also helps balance the texture of the jello and adds an extra layer of flavor.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try experimenting with different toppings such as nuts, cocoa powder or chocolate shavings. Just keep in mind that the simplicity of the recipe is part of its charm. So don’t go too overboard with toppings that might overpower the coffee flavor.

This delightful Japanese dessert is vegan-friendly if you use agar agar powder instead of gelatin and substitute the condensed milk for coconut milk. It’s perfect served in small glass jars during a dinner party, as guests can admire its lovely amber color.

No matter how you slice it, this coffee jelly recipe is a crowd-pleaser that will have your guests asking for seconds. So pour yourself a cup of your favorite brew and savor every bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A sweet and caffeine-filled dessert, what's not to love?
A sweet and caffeine-filled dessert, what’s not to love?

Coffee Jello Dessert is a great make-ahead dessert that can be stored and reheated easily. Once you have made the jelly, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. This allows you to make the dessert ahead of time and not have to worry about preparing it at the last minute.

When you’re ready to serve the dessert, simply remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes. You can also dip the bottom of the container into hot water to help loosen the jelly from the sides of the bowl.

If you want to reheat the coffee jelly before serving, place it in a microwave-safe dish and heat it on high for 30 seconds intervals until it’s hot. Make sure to stir it occasionally to ensure even heating.

You may also serve Coffee Jello Dessert chilled. Simply add some ice cubes into your serving bowls with jelly on top and enjoy!

Whether served warm or chilled, Coffee Jello Dessert is a perfect treat for coffee lovers who enjoy cold desserts that are not too sweet.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Bring some fun to your coffee break with this recipe.
Bring some fun to your coffee break with this recipe.

When making the Coffee Jello Dessert Recipe, there are a few tips I have found useful for ensuring perfect results. One of the most important things to keep in mind is to thoroughly mix the gelatin and sugar before adding any liquids. This ensures that the gelatin will dissolve evenly and prevent clumps in your final product.

Another tip is to use hot coffee, brewed fresh or instant, when making the recipe. Using hot coffee will help everything dissolve quickly and evenly, resulting in a smoother texture. Additionally, using a strong brew will give the recipe a richer coffee flavor that balances well with the sweetness of the condensed milk.

It’s also important to let your gelatin mixture cool slightly before adding it to your cold coffee liquid. This will help prevent separation and ensure an even distribution of the gelatin throughout the coffee mixture.

To get that perfect jelly consistency, make sure to refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. This will allow enough time for the gelatin to set fully and provide that signature jiggle when served.

Lastly, feel free to experiment with different variations and substitutions. For example, try using coconut milk instead of condensed milk for a vegan version of this popular Japanese dessert. Don’t be afraid to let your creativity run wild in the kitchen!

By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to achieve perfect results every time you make this delightful Coffee Jello Dessert Recipe.


Now that we have covered every aspect of making this delicious coffee jello dessert, it’s time to answer some frequently asked questions that may arise while preparing the recipe. So, let’s dive into some common queries and their answers.

How to make a jelly coffee?

To make a simple and delicious coffee jelly, you’ll need to start by dissolving gelatin in hot water. Once it’s fully dissolved, pour it into a saucepan with some coffee and sugar. Heat the mixture on high until it’s boiling, then transfer it to a shallow baking dish. Let it cool and solidify in the fridge, then cut it into small cubes to serve. Perfect for a refreshing and lightly caffeinated snack.

What is coffee jelly made of?

A delectable treat called coffee jelly can be created by combining sweetened coffee with a gelatinous substance called agar, which is derived from algae, or gelatin. While agar is preferred in Japanese cuisine, gelatin is commonly used in European and American cuisine. The end product is often cut into cube-shaped pieces and can be enjoyed in many different dessert dishes and drinks.

Why is coffee jelly so good?

When it comes to the flavor of coffee, opinions may vary. Some people find it to be a lively and slightly chewy beverage that offers both bitterness and sweetness. There are also those who describe it as creamy, while others comment on a fluffy texture. The addition of sugar to coffee creates an interesting blend of milky and sweet flavors that pair well with the bitterness of the coffee itself. Ultimately, the taste experience of coffee is subjective and unique to each individual.

What does coffee jelly taste like?

If you try coffee jelly, you might notice that it has a taste similar to coffee that is mildly sweetened. It has the perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness, which makes it not too strong.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a unique and delicious dessert that will impress your guests, then you should definitely try making this coffee jelly dessert recipe. With its refreshing texture and rich coffee flavor, it’s sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it.

The best part about this recipe is that it’s easy to make and can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Whether you want to add more sugar for a sweeter taste or use condensed milk for a creamier texture, you can easily adjust the recipe according to your liking.

So why not give this coffee jello dessert recipe a try and indulge in one of the most popular Japanese desserts out there? With simple ingredients that can be found in any grocery store, making coffee jelly has never been easier. So grab your whisk and start making this delightful treat today!

Coffee Jello Dessert

Coffee Jello Dessert Recipe

Served at a local Japanese restaurant.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 163.1 kcal


  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 (1/4 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 3 cups hot brewed coffee
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup sweetened whipped cream (garnish)


  • In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and gelatin. Mix in hot coffee and water. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently until the gelatin and sugar have completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in lemon juice. Pour into a 4 1/2 cup mold. Refrigerate until set, at least 6 hours or overnight. Serve with whipped cream.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 254gCalories: 163.1kcalCarbohydrates: 31.7gProtein: 4.2gFat: 2.7gSaturated Fat: 1.7gCholesterol: 9.1mgSodium: 28.9mgSugar: 31g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Asian, Beginner Cook, Dessert, Easy, From Scratch, Gelatin, Japanese, Potluck, Weeknight
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