How To Make Coffee Jelly? (SUPER Easy Method!)

Coffee jelly is great stuff that I recently discovered while on a trip to the Philippines. Originally a favorite treat from Japan, coffee jelly is now a staple in the Philippines (their Pinoy version) where it is added to various desserts and is typically mixed with crushed ice along with condensed milk or cream and fruits.

​To be honest, you might have even eaten coffee jelly without even realizing it seeing as coffee shops such as Starbuck’s now adds this stuff to a few of their iced coffee drinks such as the Caramel Coffee Jelly Frappuccino (a girlie drink if you ask me).

​If you’ve had coffee jello before or if it sounds like something you want to try keep on reading because in this article I’m going to show just how easy it is to make coffee jelly at home.

​Trust me, if you’re a fan of coffee or even those coffee ice cubes I wrote about in a previous article, homemade coffee jello needs to be on your to-do list, even if it is only to tell friends you’ve tried the stuff. Let’s take a closer look.

​Making Coffee Jelly is SUPER Easy

​I’m telling you this stuff is easy to make and only takes 10 to 15 minutes to prepare along with an overnight chill in the fridge. If you're a vegetarian skip this coffee jelly recipe and scroll to the bottom where I substitute the Gelatin with a vegetarian-friendly alternative.

​Shopping list:

  • 1 Pack of unflavored/plain Gelatin
  • 2 Cups of prepared coffee to taste. (French Press cold brew works great!)
  • 4 tbsp. of cold water
  • 4 tbsp. sugar or sweetener


​Take a decent sized bowl and pour in your cold water. Grab your gelatin break it up and sprinkle into your water and let it sit in the water for 5 to 10 minutes (this stuff can be sticky so try and get it into small pieces as best you can).

​Now pour in your coffee, mix with the gelatin and then place the mixture in the fridge, to chill out for a bit.

​Take your other cup of prepared coffee and pour it into a saucepan and add your sugar and simmer at a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.

​Grab your Gelatin and coffee mixture from the fridge and stir it into your coffee and sugar mixture in your saucepan. Stir until all of the Gelatin has completely dissolved.

​Remove your mixture from the heat and let it cool for a while. Once cooled down slightly put the mixture into a tray, bowl, or even an ice tray and place it into the coldest part of your fridge overnight to completely set.

​How to Make a Vegetarian Coffee Jelly?

​For those of you who are vegetarian’s, don’t fret you too can enjoy this coffee jello hack too - there's an easy way to make this 100% vegetarian-friendly.

​I have found a great alternative, Fruit Pectin. Nothing else changes in regards to the preparation and ingredients above apart from the type of Gelatin used. Simply swap out the regular Gelatin with Fruit Pectin such as this Sure-Jell brand and carry on with the above coffee jelly recipe and method. ENJOY!

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Mark Morphew

Mark is the guy brewing up Bean Ground. He likes to think of himself as a bit of a coffee fanatic who can never get enough coffee! You'll often find him in a caffeine induced rant talking about... you guessed it, coffee.

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