Your new favorite dessert: coffee jelly

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Can’t or don’t want to do without a cup of coffee after the meal? Then this discovery is really something for you: coffee jelly . In other words: coffee in the form of pieces of jelly, with a dollop of whipped cream or in cold milk. The heat from your mouth will melt the jelly slowly. A perfect mouthfeel and delicious taste.

Can you feel the coffee melting in your mouth yet?

Where does coffee jelly come from?

In Asia they are more used to pieces, balls or cubes of jelly in drinks. In Indonesia, for example, they know Tjendol and popular bubble tea also contains tapioca balls.

Coffee jelly itself is widely available, mainly in Japan. Yet the drink does not have its roots in that country. The first coffee jelly recipes can be found in English cookbooks from 1817 (!).

Over the years, this dessert has lost its glory in Britain and America. However, it made its way to Japan around the 1960s.

A simple explanation of the popularity of coffee jelly is that you never have to throw away coffee this way. You simply make jelly cubes from the leftover coffee, which you can use in many ways in desserts and drinks. Easy and tasty.

Coffee Jelly

Coffee jelly for dessert: this is how you make it

This recipe is quite simple and obvious. Use leftover coffee or make coffee with a special taste and dissolve gelatin or agar agar in it. Pour this into a wide container and let it firm up. You can then easily cut pieces of coffee jelly from it.

In the first recipe in that English cookbook, the coffee was flavored with coriander, cinnamon, sugar and orange zest. Of course you can also do that to make the jelly a little more special. Very nice if you add the cubes to a milkshake, or as coffee in the iced coffee. Plenty of options!

More desserts with coffee:

  • coffee mousse with tahini chocolate sauce from Ottolenghi
  • Divine airy sesame coffee shake (and vegan!)
  • coffee panna cotta with crispy hops from The Hague

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