Who says you can’t mix tea and coffee? Coffee jelly is a delicious addition to boba milk teas and adds a soft textural component, different from the typical chewy tapioca pearls. Follow this recipe to make homemade coffee jelly to enjoy with your favorite boba tea flavors.
Don’t let your leftover coffee go to waste. Mix it with gelatin and sweetener to make this simple coffee jelly recipe. If you’re a black coffee drinker, you’ll love it as-is; however, I prefer to enjoy it with a drizzle of condensed milk or add it to milk tea.Print
What Does Coffee Jelly Taste Like?
Coffee jelly tastes like strong, sweet coffee. Coffee jelly has a jello-like texture because of the gelatin. Unflavored gelatin won’t affect the flavor of the coffee—it simply thickens the coffee and turns it into jelly.
Does Coffee Jelly for Boba Tea Have Any Health Benefits?
Coffee jelly has health benefits from the gelatin and the coffee. Gelatin is made from collagen, a protein crucial for tissue and muscle function. Gelatin is also high in glycine, which may improve brain function. Gelatin may also:
- Aid in treating joint and bone problems
- Help skin and hair health
- Support good gut health
Coffee can also be beneficial. Coffee can improve focus, support brain health, boost energy levels, and may help support the liver. Remember that adding coffee jelly to sugary desserts or drinks will lessen the health benefits of coffee and gelatin.
Does Coffee Jelly Have Caffeine?
Yes, coffee jelly contains caffeine. Brewed coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine per cup. A 1/4 cup of coffee jelly contains approximately 24 mg of caffeine.
Instant coffee contains less caffeine—about 16 mg per 1/4 cup. Decaf coffee has only 3 mg of caffeine per cup. One serving of coffee jelly made with decaf coffee has less than 1 mg of caffeine.
Which Boba Tea Flavors Are Best With Coffee Jelly?
Milk tea drinks work best with coffee jelly. Coffee jelly is not ideal in fruit teas or matcha boba tea. Try coffee jelly with:
How to Eat Coffee Jelly Without Bubble Tea
In Japan, many cafés serve a variety of coffee jelly desserts. Enjoy this jelly with the following:
- Ice cream
- Iced coffee
- Sweetened heavy cream
- Coconut milk
- Whipped cream