Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

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I’ve always loved ice cream and after I started making my own ice cream at home, I have created a ridiculously long list of ice cream flavors that I plan to make.  Coffee Ice Cream was one of the flavors on the list and oh my, I can say this is a really delicious coffee ice cream recipe.

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I love eating coffee desserts as much as drinking coffee so when I saw the coffee ice cream recipe on Carol’s A Cup of Mascapone, I knew I had to give it a try.  After making and trying the ice cream recipe, I have to say this turned out to be the perfect coffee ice cream that I dreamed of.

The recipes requires some patience since coffee beans have to be infused for some time, but I think that’s the secret why this ice cream is so good!  I hope you enjoy this coffee ice cream as much as I did!

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Coffee Ice Cream
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Serves: 1 quart (liter)
  • 1½ cups (375 ml) whole milk
  • ¾ cup (167 ml) sugar
  • 1½ cups (125 g) whole coffee beans*
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1½ cups (375 ml) heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. finely ground coffee
  1. Heat the milk, sugar, whole coffee bean, salt and ½ cup (125 ml) of the heavy cream in a medium saucepan until it’s warm and steamy, but NOT boiling. Once the mixture is warm, turn off the heat and cover. Remove from the heat and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Reheat the coffee-infused milk mixture on medium heat, until again hot and steamy but NOT boiling.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks.
  4. Slowly pour the warm coffee mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly so that the yolks are tempered by the warm milk, but not cooked by it.
  5. Transfer the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with plastic spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. DO NOT OVERCOOK (Eggs will be scrambled if you do). This can take about 10 minutes.
  6. Pour remaining 1 cup (250ml) of heavy cream into a medium size glass bowl, set on ice over a larger bowl.
  7. Set a mesh strainer on top of the ice bathed heavy cream bowl and pour the warm egg yolk mixture into the heavy cream. Press on the coffee beans in the strainer to extract as much of the coffee flavor as possible, then discard the beans. Mixed in the vanilla and the finely grated ground coffee. Stir until cool over the ice bath and chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator.
  8. Pour the mixture into ice cream maker and process the mixture in the ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions (usually about 25 minutes).
  9. Pour into an airtight container and freeze until firm.
Recipe from A Cup of Mascapone, originally from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz.

I used French Roast from Peet’s Coffee. You can use decaffeinated coffee as well.

Prep/Cook Time does not include the 1-hour steeping time.

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  1. You know what is funny? I am not a fan of coffee at all, living in Seattle, that makes me the oddball. However, I am a huge fan of coffee ice cream. Now that I have your recipe, I can’t wait to try it at home!

  2. I don’t want to overuse the word amazing but I don’t know how else to refer to something which sounds so delicious and unique. The little bits of coffee just makes it even more special.

    Do you think if I ground the coffee beans coarsely, I could reduce the amount and still get the same great coffee flavour?

    • Hi Maria! That’s a good question. I’m not too sure… I personally like strong coffee flavor so I would just keep it the same amount. 😀 Thank you for your kind words!

      • Most recipes use a lot less ground coffee which suggests the flavour would be able to infuse into the milk/cream much better with more surface area. And I hate throwing away perfectly good coffee beans unless I have to. I can pick up a pound or so of fresh beans (even get them roasted and ground to order, I think) , flavoured beans as well, at the bulk food/herb and spice store. I think I’ll dig out my ice cream machine and toss the canister in the newly cleaned freezer compartment of my fridge waiting for inspiration. Maybe some coffee popsicles with the churned cream.

  3. Kimmi

    Coffee is my favorite flavor!!! =) Thanks so much for posting this recipe. I love how the final ice cream even has flecks of the original product. What a perfect treat to cool down with!

  4. I don’t have a lot of patience, but will find some just for this recipe! This coffee addict needs to make this gorgeous….AND yummy recipe soon! Hugs, Terra

  5. I absolutely love coffee but never got into coffee desserts. However, this coffee ice cream looks wonderful and I like the steeping of the beans. I too am looking for new flavours so I can make ice cream. I am enjoying ice cream a little bit too much lately :)


  6. Oh wow, Nami. This Ice Cream is calling my name! I bet it tastes wonderful. I really need to try something like this sometime soon. I recently purchased an ice cream maker. I could easily whip up a batch of this!

  7. This is perfect for the heatwave this week here in the east coast. As it happens, I have coffee beans in my cupboard and don’t know what to do with it. I will try this ice cream recipe. Seems fairly easy. Thanks for sharing. I hope you’re having a great time in Japan, Nami !

  8. Yum Nami I love coffee ice cream. In fact I have 2 containers in my freezer right now to make an ice cream dessert. When I get home I will definitely make this with my ice cream machine, I don’t have it with me here where we’re vacationing. My favorite coffee ice cream was Hagen Daz Coffee Chip so I may have to make this recipe and add the chips to it. Oooh I can’t wait. Sounds scrumptious!

  9. Coffee ice cream has such a terrific flavor. When I was a kid and had it (and obviously wasn’t drinking coffee at the time), I always thought I was so sophisticated to have such a grown up flavor! Heck, I’m still basically a kid, so I still think it has a sophisticated flavor! Yours looks great – thanks for this.

  10. I find that in the hot weather, coffee ice cream is very refreshing. It’s great you’re planning on making lots of different flavours because I’d love to see what you come up with. I hope the holiday is going well xx

  11. gosh….by looking at your pictures already can taste it!!! My hubby love drinks coffee & ice-cream ^^ I’m sure he will love it this recipe IF I learn to make :p But I don’t have ice cream maker so can still work?

  12. I absolutely LOVE coffee ice cream. It is one of my favorite flavors! For some strange reason I love coffee flavored desserts but I am not really much a coffee drinker hehe. I can imagine how creamy and fantastic this tastes with the infused coffee beans. Thanks so much for sharing Nami! Pinned!

  13. Oh yes with real coffee beans! How smart Nami! =)
    What would happen if you use different coffee types. Make one turkish coffee ice cream, one espresso or latte, one vienna melange or indian coffee. Pretty obvious that I love coffee ice cream no? 😉

  14. Ooh, I could gobble that up right now! It’s finally summer over here, and that looks so refreshing, I think I’ll make it this weekend.

  15. I love coffee infusion and I like the idea of adding more at the end to have a little hint and bite of coffee. You are becoming really good ice cream maker, Nami. I can’t wait to see the other ice cream flavors that you come up in the future. :)

  16. donna mikasa

    I love that you can see the bits of ground coffee in the ice cream! Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe!

  17. Coffee is my absolute favorite flavor of ice cream! I know it would be worth the effort to make this one. Looks wonderful, Nami! I bought a Cuisinart ice cream maker last summer and I’ve used it so much. I love having fresh, homemade ice cream in the house.

  18. Definitely a winner with the steeping of the coffee beans, I love this idea and will have to make it. I made mint ice cream not long ago with the same concept, it was the best too. Really like coffee treats too.

  19. I have never made coffee ice-cream before but I like the addition of the coffee grounds. I am sure the flavor is quite rich and decadent.

  20. Jeannie

    Oh I can’t function with coffee, love it so much, I so know I would love this coffee Icecream of yours, wish I have an ice cream maker so I can make some for myself!

  21. Nami, this ice cream is also on my to-churn list! I love David Lebovitz and his books (including Perfect Scoop, my ice cream bible) never disappoint! I’ve made his Vietnamese coffee ice cream but this may well be next. Yours came out perfect!

  22. Nami, if I had a bigger freezer, I would prepare this ice-cream this weekend. I am a coffee addict and love all the coffee desserts too, ice-cream included. (My favourite éclairs are the coffee ones!). I always use instant coffee or strong espresso in desserts, so your coffee beans infusing method sounds unusual. I love it and I’m sure it yields superior results to any other coffee use method I know.

  23. Nami, your coffee ice cream looks fabulous! Thanks for including the “non-ice-cream-maker” link, too — I was pleased to see it was the “David” method — I’ve used that before and it works very well.

  24. So funny, but my youngest son loves coffee ice cream. I’d never think to make it myself – would never have thought whole coffee beans were used. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Sooooo hopelessly fell in love with your coffee ice cream that I feel like running to the store to get a goddamn ice cream maker right now !

    That ice cream looks intolerably alluring :)

  26. Nami, coffee ice cream ranks as one of my favorite ice cram flavors of all times – I love everything about it. I have made it many times and always infused coffee flavor with the beans (like you did) – there is a very very famous German cook who makes a delicious coffee ice cream and his recipe uses the same method as this, must simply be the best way to make ice cream.
    Have a wonderful weekend filled with lots of fun and even more delicious summery treats!

  27. Summer…summer…
    You know what, right now I’m not missing summer, we had a very long one with very hot days, so I’m enjoying cold days. But ice cream can be eaten all the year, no matter if it’s cold, and this ice cream come perfect as I quite addict to coffee :)

  28. I’ve made coffee ice cream by adding espresso to the custard mixture, but I really like the idea of infusing whole coffee beans with the milk- I might have to try this next time to see the difference in flavour! And because as always, yours looks amazing 😉

  29. Mmm…love coffee flavored everything! I’m a coffee addict, so this ice-cream is a real treat. No homemade ice-cream for us yet this summer, but we’re putting ice-cream machine on our top-list for next year. Hopefully we’ll have more time then…

  30. Wow! Your coffee ice cream looks divine! I’ve never thought making coffee ice cream is possible at home! Thank you for step by step pictures!

  31. I love coffee. I love ice cream. But somehow I don’t usually eat those two together. I’ve been eating nothing but ice-cream lately, because it’s so hot. I love the coffee bean speckles in there!

  32. Hehe…I also have a long list of ice cream flavors I want to try too. But coffee the one I keep making all the time. 😛 I love using French Roasted for my coffee ice cream too. Nice and bold. A scoop can definitely replace my morning cup of coffee. 😛

  33. I’m going to start calling you the Ice Cream Lady! I love your ice creams and this one is no exception! I’ve had coffee ice cream once before but it didn’t have much of a coffee flavor. It’s quite obvious from your pictures that that would not be the case with yours. It looks like it screams “coffee”! Another fabulous ice cream Nami!

  34. Haha, this looks SO much better than the coffee “ice-cream” we used to make as kids. My parents would buy giant tubs of this terrible-tasting ice-cream. It was like eating frozen margarine. Desperate to make it taste palatable I would stir in cocoa powder or instant coffee, mixed with a bit of water. Bleurgh.

  35. I simply love coffee ice cream even though I don`t drink coffee often. And this recipe look great! 😀 I am definitely saving this recipe for when I have coffee beans.

  36. Salute for you Nami,
    you even made a cofee ice cream from scratch…
    Actually i like to infused Indonesian Civet Cofee to a instant vanilla ice cream before beat it into an ice cream….

  37. Coffee is my favorite ice cream, Nami! But no one here shares my feelings…so I can’t rationalize making a batch just for me! But I REALLY want to :)

    PS…hope you’re enjoying your vacation!

  38. Nami, I have been coming back to this recipe again! :-)
    Loved the texture and the snapshots of the scoops!
    What would you suggest for an eggless version? Thanks!

    • Hi Shri! Thank you for your kind compliment. :) I’ve seen many eggless ice cream recipes but I am not sure how to make it eggless version for this. Maybe google eggless vanilla ice cream recipe and combine with coffee flavor? I’m sorry I can’t be much of help.

  39. Bianca Stoner

    Nami, I was lucky enough to stumble upon your channel on YouTube, and this is this is the first recipe of yours I have tried. I was wondering how this would turn out because some other coffee ice cream recipes I’ve seen online seem to use only instant coffee (rather than steeping the coffee, so I was wondering how much of the flavor would transfer to the ice cream).

    I am glad to say this ice cream turned out to be absolute heaven. 100 out of 10. I will definitely be utilizing more of your recipes in my kitchen. Thank you so much for putting these up! Your family is lucky to have such a great cook!

    • Hi Bianca! Aww thanks so much for finding my YouTube channel (and even visited my blog)! I haven’t tried coffee ice cream with instant coffee so I can’t tell, but this coffee ice cream was phenomenal. Even thinking about it make me want a big scoop of the ice cream… Thanks so much for the great review! I’m very happy to hear you enjoyed this dish as well. :)

  40. Marg

    Nami, your recipe is delicious! I tried it for my kids last night and they all loved it! Thanks so much. Definatly pinning this.

    • Hi Hannah! I’m so happy to hear you liked this recipe! I now miss this ice cream and I’ll have to make it soon when the weather gets warmer. :) Thank you very much for your kind feedback. By the way, I love your pictures and recipes on your blog! :)