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Our Favourite Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Is there anything better on a hot summer day than a large scoop of coffee ice cream?  Yes!  A large scoop of homemade coffee ice cream.

Who knew that blending the rich, bold flavor of coffee with the creamy goodness of ice cream could create something so delightful? Coffee Ice Cream is exactly that - a dreamy dessert that coffee enthusiasts and ice cream fans can't get enough of. It's the perfect treat for anyone who wants the best of both worlds, offering a refreshing twist to your traditional coffee break. Every spoonful is a smooth, satisfying experience, making coffee icecream not just a dessert, but a little escape into a world of flavor that's both fresh and indulgent.

What Makes Coffee Ice Cream So Special?

Coffee and Ice Cream come together to create something truly special in coffee ice cream. This isn't just any dessert; it's a masterpiece that captures the deep, aromatic essence of coffee and wraps it in the sweet, velvety hug of ice cream. It's all about that perfect balance - the kick of coffee softened by ice cream's comforting smoothness. Here's what sets it apart:

  • Rich Flavor: The depth of coffee offers a bold taste that's unmistakably rich. When coffee becomes coffee-flavored ice cream, it brings a sophisticated twist to your usual ice cream experience.
  • Creamy Texture: The cream of coffee in ice cream form adds an irresistible creaminess. Each scoop is smooth and luscious, making every bite melt in your mouth with a mix of coffee and creaminess.
  • Perfect Balance: The combination of coffee's robustness with ice cream's sweetness strikes a delightful balance. It's neither too bitter nor too sweet, hitting that sweet spot right in the middle.
  • Intense Yet Smooth: The robust flavor of coffee seamlessly blends with the creamy texture of ice cream, creating coffee-flavored ice cream that's both bold and smooth. This perfect mix caters to those who cherish the depth of espresso coffee ice cream and the soothing feel of cream.
  • Versatile Delight: Whether you're enjoying a scoop on its own, using it to create a decadent coffee and ice cream dessert, or pouring a shot of espresso over it for an instant ice cream coffee drink, the versatility of coffee ice cream is unmatched. It's a base for countless recipes with coffee ice cream, transforming ordinary desserts into extraordinary experiences.

For another delightful treat, check out our homemade pumpkin spiced latte, a perfect beverage for any season.

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Materials and Ingredients:

  • Medium saucepan
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Ice cream maker
  • Whisk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee or coffee beans (for best results, use fresh coffee beans and grind them coarsely)
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: chocolate chips or coffee beans for mix-ins or garnish

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe:

  • Infuse the Milk: Combine the milk, 1 cup of heavy cream, sugar, and ground coffee in the saucepan. Warm the mixture over medium heat until it's hot but not boiling. Remove from heat, cover, and let it steep for 1 hour to infuse the coffee flavor.
  • Prepare the Custard Base: In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Reheat the milk-coffee mixture until warm, then gradually pour it into the egg yolks, whisking constantly to avoid cooking the eggs. Return the mixture to the saucepan.
  • Cook the Custard: Cook the custard over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until it thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon. This process requires attention to prevent curdling.
  • Strain and Cool: Pour the remaining cup of cold heavy cream into the heatproof bowl. Set the fine mesh strainer on top. Strain the custard into the cream to remove the coffee grounds and any egg bits. Add a pinch of salt, then stir in the homemade coffee or espresso for an extra coffee kick.
  • Chill: Cover and chill the custard mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, ideally overnight.
  • Churn: Once chilled, churn the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. If desired, add chocolate chips or finely crushed coffee beans during the last few minutes of churning for added texture and flavor.
  • Freeze: Transfer the churned ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm, usually about 4 hours.
  • Serve: Enjoy your gourmet Coffee Ice Cream garnished with chocolate shavings or whole coffee beans for an extra professional touch.

Innovative Ways to Enjoy Your Coffee Ice Cream

Discover fun and creative recipes with Coffee Ice Cream that go beyond the usual scoop. Here are some innovative ideas to elevate your coffee ice cream dessert experience:

Coffee Ice Cream Affogato

  • What You Need: A scoop of coffee ice cream and a shot of hot espresso.
  • How to Make: Place a scoop of ice cream in a small glass or bowl. Pour a shot of hot espresso over the ice cream. The hot coffee melts the ice cream slightly, creating a creamy, dreamy dessert with coffee and ice cream. For an extra twist, sprinkle some chocolate shavings on top.

Coffee Ice Cream Float

  • What You Need: Coffee ice cream, cold brew coffee, and a splash of cream or milk.
  • How to Make: Fill a tall glass halfway with cold brew coffee. Add a scoop of coffee ice cream, then top it off with a splash of cream or milk. This float is a refreshing way to enjoy your coffee with ice cream, perfect for hot days.

Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • What You Need: Coffee ice cream and chocolate chip cookies.
  • How to Make: Take two chocolate chip cookies and sandwich a generous scoop of coffee ice cream between them. Press lightly and roll the edges in crushed nuts or mini chocolate chips for an extra treat. Freeze for a bit, and you've got a handheld coffee ice cream dessert that's sure to impress.

Coffee Ice Cream Tiramisu

  • What You Need: Coffee ice cream, ladyfingers, and a dusting of cocoa powder.
  • How to Make: Layer ladyfingers at the bottom of a dish, add a layer of softened coffee ice cream, then repeat the layers. Freeze until set. Before serving, dust the top with cocoa powder for a tiramisu-inspired dessert with coffee and ice cream that's effortlessly elegant.

Coffee Ice Cream Brownie Bowl

  • What You Need: Coffee ice cream, freshly baked brownies, and whipped cream.
  • How to Make: Cut a warm brownie into a bowl shape and add a scoop of coffee ice cream on top. Finish with a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce for a decadent coffee ice cream dessert.

These ideas not only make the most of your coffee ice cream but also introduce delightful ways to combine it with other desserts for a truly unique treat. Whether you're looking for a simple dessert or something a bit more elaborate, there's a coffee ice cream recipe here for everyone.

DIY Coffee Ice Cream Without Fancy Equipment

Want to make Coffee Ice Cream at home but don't have an ice cream maker? No problem! Here's a simple way to make it without any fancy equipment. All you need are a few common ingredients and a bit of freezer space.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup of strong brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature (prefer fresh coffee to make this)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A large mixing bowl
  • A whisk or an electric hand mixer
  • A freezer-safe container

Steps to Make Coffee Ice Cream at Home:

  • Whip the Cream: In your large mixing bowl, pour in the heavy whipping cream. Use your whisk or electric mixer to whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks. This is what makes your ice cream fluffy and light
  • Mix in Flavors: Once your cream is whipped, gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk, cooled coffee, and vanilla extract. This is your coffee cream base. Be careful to mix gently so you don't lose the air you whipped into the cream.
  • Freeze: Pour your coffee cream mixture into the freezer-safe container. Smooth the top with a spatula or the back of a spoon.
  • Patience is Key: Cover the container with a lid or plastic wrap. Place it in the freezer and freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight if possible. The longer it freezes, the better the texture will be.
  • Enjoy: Once your Coffee Ice Cream is firm, scoop it out and enjoy! You can serve it as is or get creative and use it to make an ice cream coffee drink by adding a scoop to a glass of iced coffee for a refreshing twist.

Making Coffee Ice Cream at home is that simple! No need for an ice cream maker or complicated steps. This easy recipe lets you enjoy homemade Coffee Ice Cream with minimal effort, perfect for a warm day or whenever you crave a coffee-flavored treat

Health Benefits and Nutritional Information Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

Coffee Ice Cream might just be a treat, but it does bring a couple of perks to the table. Mixing the bold taste of coffee with creamy dairy gives this dessert a spot in the hearts of many. Here’s a straightforward look at what it offers and how to weave it into a healthy lifestyle.

What's Good in It?

  • Coffee: This main ingredient is not just for your morning wake-up. It’s packed with antioxidants that help your body fight off damage from free radicals.
  • Dairy: The milk and cream in your Coffee Ice Cream serve up a good dose of calcium and protein, essential for strong bones and muscles.

Nutritional Snapshot (Per Serving):

  • Calories: Around 200-250
  • Protein: 3-4 grams
  • Fat: 14-16 grams
  • Carbs: 20-24 grams
  • Sugar: 18-22 grams
  • Calcium: 10% of what you need daily
  • Caffeine: Less than a cup of coffee, about 30-50 mg

Tips for Enjoying Coffee Ice Cream:

  • Balance: Treat yourself to Coffee Ice Cream in a diet that's already full of fruits, veggies, and other good stuff. Think of it as the cherry on top, not the main dish.
  • Just Right: A little goes a long way. Enjoy a small bowl to satisfy that sweet craving without going overboard.
  • Make Your Own: Whip up your own batch using a coffee cream recipe. This way, you can cut down on sugar and maybe even try out some milk alternatives if that's your thing.

Even though Coffee Ice Cream is more of a delight than a health food, it’s all about how you fit it into your day. A scoop here and there, especially if you make it yourself, can be part of enjoying life’s little pleasures.

Coffee Ice Cream Around the World

Coffee Ice Cream Around the World takes us on a flavorful journey, showing us how this beloved treat blends with diverse cultures and traditions. From the rich, dense Coffee Gelato in Italy to the innovative Coffee Ice Cream Mochi in Japan, each country adds its own unique twist, making Coffee Ice Cream a global delight. Let's explore how different places around the world celebrate their love for coffee and ice cream, merging local flavors with this universally adored dessert.





Coffee Gelato

A denser, more flavorful version with intense coffee flavor, often made with espresso.


Coffee Ice Cream Sundae

Classic Coffee Ice Cream topped with hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry.


Coffee Ice Cream Mochi

Sweet rice dough filled with creamy Coffee Ice Cream, blending traditional and modern tastes.


Café com Sorvete

A dessert drink with strong Brazilian coffee poured over Coffee Ice Cream.


Dondurma with Coffee

Chewy, stretchy ice cream with a coffee flavor, offering a unique texture.


Café Liégeois

Layered dessert with coffee and Coffee Ice Cream, topped with whipped cream.



Espresso shot poured over Coffee Ice Cream, a simple yet elegant dessert.


Coffee Ice Cream with Condensed Milk

Coffee Ice Cream drizzled with sweet condensed milk, inspired by Vietnamese iced coffee.


Coffee with Ice Cream is where we at Presto Coffee show our true love for blending the rich, bold world of coffee with the smooth, creamy realm of ice cream. This delightful combination is for those who treasure both their coffee breaks and sweet indulgences, offering the best of both in every scoop.

When making your homemade Coffee Ice Cream, starting with our top-notch coffee makes all the difference. Our coffee bags and selection of the Whole Bean Coffee guarantee that your ice cream will boast an authentic, deeply satisfying coffee flavor. It's our way of ensuring that your dessert isn't just good, but truly exceptional. Pair your homemade Coffee Ice Cream with a warm Baileys Coffee for a perfect dessert. Our 'How to Make Baileys Coffee' recipe is super simple.

This mix of Coffee with Ice Cream, whether it's a classic scoop or an innovative espresso poured over ice cream, celebrates a fusion of flavors that coffee aficionados and ice cream lovers alike can't resist. Here at Presto Coffee, we're all about elevating your coffee experiences, and what better way than combining it with the universal joy of ice cream?

Love coffee-infused desserts? Don't miss out on our classic Italian affogato recipe, a perfect combination of coffee and ice cream.


1. Can I use instant coffee to make coffee ice cream?

Yes, instant coffee is a great alternative if you don't have fresh coffee beans on hand. It dissolves easily and can be adjusted to taste, making it a convenient option for your coffee icecream recipe.

2. Is coffee ice cream suitable for children?

Coffee Ice Cream contains caffeine, similar to regular coffee. It's best to give it to children in moderation, considering the caffeine content which might be unsuitable for them, especially close to bedtime.

3. How do I store homemade coffee ice cream to keep it fresh?

Keep your homemade coffee ice cream in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Press a piece of parchment paper directly onto the surface before sealing it to prevent ice crystals from forming.

4. Can I make coffee ice cream without an ice cream maker?

Absolutely! You can make delicious coffee ice cream at home without fancy equipment. A simple mix of heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and cooled coffee, frozen until set, can do the trick.

5. What's the best coffee to use for coffee ice cream?

For the richest flavor, use freshly ground best coffee beans from Presto Coffee. The quality of the coffee significantly impacts the taste of your coffee ice cream.

6. Can coffee ice cream be part of a balanced diet?

Yes, when enjoyed in moderation, coffee ice cream can fit into a balanced diet. It's all about portion control and balancing indulgence with nutritious food choices throughout the day.

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