Japanese Coffee Jelly

Introducing my delightful Japanese Coffee Jelly recipe! If you’re craving a sweet coffee-infused gelatin dessert that’s reminiscent of the classic Japanese treat found in coffee shops, look no further. With just four simple ingredients and a quick 5-minute prep, you can enjoy an authentic Japanese coffee jelly experience right at home!

Japanese coffee jelly served in a dessert glass with whip cream on top, side angle shot.

Why I Love This Recipe

My Japanese Coffee Jelly is a cherished Japanese dessert that holds a special place in my heart. It’s a sweet, coffee-infused gelatin treat that captures the essence of Japan’s coffee culture. I make sure to use strong brewed coffee, along with gelatin, sweetener, and a touch of half and half, which results in a delightful combination of rich coffee flavor and smooth, creamy texture!

It’s perfect for those who appreciate the unique and delicious world of Japanese desserts and are looking for an easy-to-make treat. And if you’re a fan of light classic Japanese desserts like my Matcha Jelly, Matcha Panna Cotta, and Japanese Custard Pudding recipes, you will love this one too! Give it a try, and you’ll be hooked on this Japanese classic!



  • Coffee – strong bold brewed coffee from your preferred brewing method or shot of espresso mixed with water equivalent. French and Italian roasts coffee beans work best. You can also use instant coffee.
  • Gelatin – unflavored Gelatin used to make jelly. Can be found at your local supermarket.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.  
  • Half and Half  50/50 blend of milk and heavy cream found at grocery stores.

☕ Coffee Note

You can also use Americano as your base coffee, which consists of an espresso shot filled with water to make a cup.

Japanese coffee jelly served in a dessert glass with heavy cream being poured on top.


Step 1 Mix gelatin powder and water in a small bowl. Pour this gelatin mixture with hot brewed coffee and sweetener in a cup and whisk until well-blended.

Gelatin being bloomed with water.

🍮 Gelatin Pro Tip

Ensure the gelatin is Completely Dissolved in the water before adding it to the coffee mixture. This ensures a smooth and uniform texture.

Step 2 Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and refrigerate for about four hours until it becomes firm.

Japanese coffee jelly mixture being chilled.

Step 3 Serve with half and half and, if desired, whipped cream.

Paring Recommendations

Light and sweet desserts pair well with this coffee jelly. Consider serving it alongside Japanese Fluffy Cheesecake or savoring it with the delicious Matcha Basque Burnt Cheesecake. These desserts, with their delicate sweetness, make an ideal pairing with the rich and coffee-infused jelly.

Japanese coffee jelly served in a dessert glass being scooped out with a spoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary to use gelatin, or are there vegetarian alternatives?

You can opt for a vegetarian-friendly alternative to traditional gelatin, such as agar-agar based gelatin which is commonly used in vegan recipes.

Can I make this recipe with decaffeinated coffee?

Yes, you can use decaffeinated coffee.

Storage Tips

Place it in an airtight container or cover it with plastic wrap, and keep it in the fridge. It will stay fresh and delicious for 10-14 days, making it a convenient treat to enjoy over time.

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Japanese coffee jelly topped with whipped cream.

Japanese Coffee Jelly

Experience in the delightful flavors of Japanese Coffee Jelly with this easy-to-follow recipe. Create a sweet, coffee-infused treat that's popular in Japan and sure to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy the rich taste of coffee jelly today!
5 from 10 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: coffee jelly, coffee jelly recipe, Japanese coffee jelly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooling Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4
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Calories: 10kcal


  • 2 Cups Strong Hot Brewed Coffee or espresso equivalent, 2 shots of espresso plus water
  • 1 tbsp Gelatin 1/4 oz envelope
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1 tbsp Half and Half and/or Whipped Cream optional


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for Japanese coffee jelly.
  • Mix gelatin with water in a mixing small bowl.
    Gelatin being bloomed with water.
  • Add sweetener and gelatin mix into hot coffee.
    Japanese coffee jelly mixture.
  • Pour coffee mixture into serving glass and refrigerator for 4 hours or until firm.
    Japanese coffee jelly mixture being chilled.
  • Top with half and half, heavy cream, and or whipped cream.
    Japanese coffee jelly with whipping cream on top.


Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 7mg | Sugar: 1g
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. How much water should we add to the gelatin? A TBSP?

  2. 2 Cups Strong Hot Brewed Coffee or Espresso
    2 tbsp Water

    Am I reading it correct?

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hi Cheng – sorry, the wording is a little confusing! It should be 2 Cups Strong Hot Brewed Coffee (or espresso equivalent, which would be 2 espresso shot plus water). The 2 tbsp of water is for the gelatin and has nothing to do with the coffee itself. Hope that clears that up!

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