Coffee Jelly Recipe コーヒーゼリー

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  • Love all things coffee? This chilled coffee jelly is a lovely treat on a hot summer day. Enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream and aromatic coffee bean.

    Coffee Jelly with whipped cream in a glass.

    Coffee Jelly (コーヒーゼリー) is a refreshing Japanese dessert which is popular in Japan as well as in some other Asian countries.  It’s usually made of black coffee, gelatin powder, and sugar, but today I used agar agar powder instead of gelatin to make it vegetarian friendly.

    Watch How to Make Coffee Jelly コーヒーゼリーの作り方

    Refreshing chilled coffee jelly recipe topped with delightful whipped cream and coffee bean.

    Ways to Enjoy Coffee Jelly

    This refreshing dessert can be served solid in glass dishes like how I made them today, or you can pour the coffee mixture in a baking pan, cut into cubes and serve them in a bowl.  These half translucent cubes of coffee jelly are sometimes added to milkshakes, ice cream float, or sundaes for additional flavor and texture, and they make the desserts even prettier.

    My favorite way to serve coffee jelly is with whipped cream on top.  Want a healthier option?  Try it with a few tablespoon of half & half instead.  You can also serve it with vanilla ice cream to make it into a sundae or with flavored coffee cream.

    Coffee Jelly with a dollop of whipped cream in a glass.

    Coffee jelly is often served in many restaurants and cafes in Japan and you can also find pre-made coffee jelly in an individual plastic cup in supermarkets and convenience stores.  However, this coffee jelly recipe is very easy to make and I hope you will try making this dessert from scratch at home!

    Coffee Jelly topped with a drop of whipped cream.


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    Coffee Jelly
    Prep Time
    7 mins
    Cook Time
    3 mins
    Total Time
    5 hrs 10 mins
    Love all things coffee? This chilled coffee jelly is a lovely treat on a hot summer day. Enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream and aromatic coffee bean.
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: agar agar, coffee, easy
    Servings: 4 (depends on container)
    Author: Nami
    • 600 ml water (600 ml = 2.5 cup)
    • 3 g powdered kanten (agar agar) (3 g = 1 ½ tsp or 3/4 agar stick, see Notes)
    • 5 Tbsp sugar
    • 2 Tbsp instant coffee
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Coffee Jelly Ingredients
    2. In a small saucepan, combine water and agar agar powder and whisk together. Then bring the liquid to a boil over high heat.
      Coffee Jelly 1
    3. Once boiling, turn down the heat to simmer. Add sugar and instant coffee and cook stirring occasionally for 2 minutes.
      Coffee Jelly 2
    4. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
      Coffee Jelly 3
    5. Pour into serving dishes. Scoop up any bubbles on the surface with a spoon and discard. Once the coffee jelly cools down, wrap with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours.
      Coffee Jelly 4
    6. Serve with whipped cream, mint, and a coffee bean on top. The coffee jelly is great with 1-2 Tbsp. of half & half (half milk + half heavy cream) poured on top. You can keep the coffee jelly in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
    Recipe Notes

    Powdered kanten (agar agar): If you cannot find agar, you can use gelatin powder (NOT vegetarian). The same amount of powdered agar agar can be substituted for powdered gelatin in a recipe (for example: 1 tsp gelatin = 1 tsp agar agar powder).

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