For those unfamiliar with coffee jelly, it is what the name suggests: coffee, in jelly form. While coffee jelly can be found on the shelves of just about every convenience store in Japan, we in America don’t have that luxury. If you’re lucky, select stores may sell coffee jelly, but prices can be rather high.

For you unlucky souls, we’ve got your back (and wallet). Besides, what could be better than to combining a childhood snack and adulthood drink, with just four simple and affordable ingredients? This recipe just might be your new coffee ritual, beloved breakfast, little afternoon energy boost and midnight snack.


Photo by Eileen Wang

Coffee Jelly

  • 2 cup coffee (hot or warm)
  • 0.25 oz powdered gelatin
  • 2 tablespoon warm water
  • 2-3 tablespoon sugar or sweetener
  • Prep Time: 5 hours
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 hours and 5 minutes
  • Servings: 5
  • Easy

Step 1

Mix sugar into warm coffee until dissolved. Instant coffee, pourover, French press, drip or old coffeewhatever floats your boat.

Step 2

Combine warm water and gelatin. Use agar agar powder as a gelatin substitute for a vegetarian/vegan option.

Step 3

Combine gelatin or agar agar into coffee and sugar mixture.

Step 4

Pour equal portions into small cups or bowls.

Step 5

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 5 hours, until jelly has set.

Spoon tip: Put your jelly in the refrigerator like this for a snazzier looking dessert.

Step 6

Serve cold with whipped cream, evaporated milk, heavy cream or condensed milk.

Step 7

If desired, add into cold drinks, like plain milk or milk teas. You can even spread coffee jelly onto toast!