Coffee Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta is a dessert that is popular not only throughout Italy but also in so many places in the world. Yes, it may seem simple, but it is a delightful and fancy dessert. You can also make it in various flavors.

We have featured passionfruit panna cotta and creamy raspberry panna cotta before. Today, though, we are going to present another special type – coffee panna cotta. To me, and I’m sure many of you would agree, there is something so sophisticated about coffee desserts. They are fancy, but they are so easy to make.

Panna cotta is an excellent dessert that you should learn how to make. It is simple, and you can make one with just a few basic ingredients. Plus, you can flavor it in tons of different ways. Not only that, but you can also top it with thousands of things from chocolate sauce to fresh fruits like berries or cherries. What’s more? You can make panna cotta using various containers – different shapes.

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Coffee Panna Cotta

  • Author: Myles
  • Total Time: 15 minutes + chill time
  • Yield: 4 1x


Rich and creamy. That’s what this coffee panna cotta is. It’s an excellent way to end a delightful meal, be it lunch or dinner. It can also be a great snack paired with a hot cup of coffee or tea.



8 ounces whole milk (divided)

1 1/2 tsp. unflavored powdered gelatin

3 to 4 tsp. instant coffee

1/3 to 1/2 c. granulated sugar

8 ounces heavy cream (divided)

1/2 tsp. vanilla paste or extract

pinch of salt


  1. Using a small bowl, combine 2 ounces of the whole milk with the gelatin and instant coffee. Stir well. Allow the gelatin to bloom for about 10 minutes.
  2. Heat the remaining whole milk together with the sugar and salt in a small saucepan until steaming but not boiling.
  3. Add the gelatin mixture and heat for about 5 to 10 seconds. Do not let the mixture boil.
  4. Set aside and let cool for about 30 minutes.
  5. Strain the gelatin mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl and then stir in half of the heavy cream.
  6. Add the vanilla to the other half of the heavy cream. Whip until the vanilla bean specks are suspended. The whisk should leave tracks in the cream.
  7. Fold the whipped cream into the gelatin mixture.
  8. Pour into small containers.
  9. Chill for at least 3 to 4 hours before serving.


  • The amount of instant coffee depends on how strong the coffee flavor of your panna cotta is. The same is true with granulated sugar.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

There are so many ways to finish your coffee panna cotta before serving it. You can pour some chocolate sauce on it or simply top it with fresh raspberries, strawberries, or cherries. Whipped cream or finely grated chocolate on top would be nice, too.

Take note that the gelatin will continue to get firmer as it sits in the fridge. With this, you should consume your coffee panna cotta within a day or two of making it to ensure the best texture. Do not store it in the fridge for more than 4 days.

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