I have tried to make coffee jelly with agar, but that was disappointing. Even high-quality beans did not get me any good result, compared with gelatin-based recipes: The texture is different, but it is mainly the taste that disturbed me. I expect, perhaps, to have a neutral base for the jelly, so that the coffee flavour remains plain and strong. I also like the smoothness of gelatin compared with, say, agar.

Is there a good combination of beans and ingredients to make a vegetarian coffee jelly?

Som extra details:

  • Tried with agar only.
  • Hot coffee added to the mix.
  • Temperature-room cooling, then fridge cooling.
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    Could you please clarify: Did you use hot or cooled coffee, what were the good / fail recipes?
    – Stephie
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 21:55
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    Have you used agar before? The texture is never the same as that of gelatine, so if that's your expenctation, the jelly will always "fail".
    – rumtscho
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 22:10
  • Thank you for your feedbacks. I have tried to refine the question accordingly. Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 22:44

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I've used agar agar before with this recipe. Although I've never tried it myself with coffee beans, the trick might be to use instant coffee, which is what I find is almost the case with other desserts with coffee flavor. I also add 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence right at the end, which lifts the flavor and also sieve before letting it set. I generally put it in the fridge and speed up the setting process.


With gelatin on the glossy, bouncy, and stretchy end, and agar sort of on the opposite... perhaps OP can try konnyaku, a starch developed by the Japanese and currently much used in their (& Chinese & Korean) snack products...

It's from a root plant, and behaves somewhere inbetween the gelatin and agar... Glossy and bouncy like the former (stretches just a tad less), vegan like the latter, and remains comfortably solid in room temperature...

In Hong Kong Starbucks I've had a cold latte with little coffee jelly cubes in it... Think it's konnyaku from the texture... While I think it's from a supplier, what OP wants to make definitely exists...

So do look it up and see how it works out, eh ?

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