Updated: November 06, 2018
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Coffee Jelly: recipe and where to try this delicious Japanese treat!

Jelly desserts are quite popular in Japan. Among them the coffee jelly stands out as a great summertime treat! You can find them practically everywhere at Japanese coffee shops (some popular ones introduced below), and if you'd like to know how to make it at home, please continue reading for a simple recipe!

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Coffee Jelly

Coffee Jelly is a simple dessert dish made of coffee and sugar. It has its origins in 19th century England but its popularity faded over the years there and in other parts of the world. However, the Japanese coffee jelly, which was introduced to the country in the early part of the 20th, quickly became very popular there and stayed as a staple coffee shop menu item.
The coffee jelly is usually topped with cream or ice cream along with a variety of tasty toppings. There are countless ways to make it and present it!


Here is a simple and easy recipe for you to enjoy coffee jelly at home!

What you will need:

- 400 ml of hot coffee
- 50 ml of cold water
- 4 table spoons of sugar
- 5 g of gelatin powder
- cream and/or ice cream
- your favorite toppings (fruits, nuts are good choices)

Step 1: mix in the gelatin powder in the cold water until it is completely dissolved.
Step 2: add the sugar and stir in slowly the cold water with the dissolved gelatin into the hot coffee
Step 3: let the mixture cool off a little before chilling it in a refrigerator
Step 4: once the jelly is set, add cream or ice cream and your favorite toppings and you're done

Another popular way to eat it is by cutting the jelly into cubes and pouring a generous amount of cream over it!

Where to Have it in Japan?

Coffee jelly desserts are served at many restaurants and coffee shops in Japan. Here are a few major chains found everywhere in Japan where you can find them.

Tully's Coffee

Tully's Coffee has an amazingly delicious and refreshing coffee jelly and matcha swirl! Price is 640 yen for a tall size.

San Marc Cafe

San Marc Cafe has its own which is topped with soft cream (490 yen).

Caffe Veloce

Among the major chains, Caffe Veloce's famous coffee jelly dish is the cheapest at just 310 yen! It is also topped with soft ice cream.

Special Mention: Starbucks (item currently unavailable)

Starbucks had a massively popular coffee jelly ice frappuccino last summer, but unfortunately it hasn't been available this summer yet. We hope this item will return soon!


Hope you will enjoy making your coffee jelly. If you are in Japan, especially during the hot summer, be sure to try out this refreshing treat!
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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