A bowl of coffee ice cream with a jug of coffee next to it.

Coffee Ice Cream

Caffeine lovers rejoice! This coffee ice cream is super easy to make and delicious.

Everyone has different opinions on what a good coffee tastes like. The amount of coffee in this ice cream can be adjusted to your taste.

Coffee beans and ground coffee on a bench

I used a 1/2 cup but reduce to 1/4 cup for a mild flavoured ice cream. Add 3/4 cup of coffee for a “knock your socks off” ice cream dessert.

Warning: Don’t eat this one just before bed if caffeine keeps you awake.

If you’re more of a beer fan, why not try this beer ice cream recipe that I promise you’ll enjoy.

A bowl of coffee ice cream with a jug of coffee next to it.

Coffee Ice Cream

A fresh, flavor-packed ice cream for anyone that loves their coffee.
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: coffee, ice cream
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Freeze time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 cup thickened cream
  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coffee of your choice
  • 4 egg yolks


  • Add cream, milk, sugar and coffee to a medium saucepan and, stirring frequently, heat until simmering. Don't allow to boil.
  • Whisk eggs in a separate bowl until pale in colour.
  • Slowly pour 1 cup of the heated milk mixture into the yolks all the while whisking; then pour back into the milk mixture while continuing to whisk.
  • Continue heating and stirring the milk mixture on a medium heat until it thickens and can coat the back of a spoon.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes then pour through a strainer. Add to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Preferably overnight.
  • Add ice cream base to your ice cream maker and churn following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Once churned, freeze for at least 3 hours until hardened.


Reduce the coffee by 1/4 cup for a subtle tasting coffee ice cream. Add 1/4 cup for a stronger version.

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  1. My daughter loves coffee ice cream. And I happen to have one of those coffee makers on your pics. The 3-cup one. I’m definitely saving this recipe. I’ve never made ice cream before but there’s always a first time. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for visiting Yesenia. Those coffee machines are great aren’t they, old school. My wife has a collection of them in different sizes lol.

  2. Ok, I’m probably going to be stoned for saying this, but coffee isn’t a flavor I like (I know – I’m crazy). However, I know so many people do, and this recipe looks delicious and easy to do – I’m pinning it to share with my friends who enjoy coffee!

    1. Hi Heather, until a couple of years ago I would have agreed with you. I hated coffee. It’s a flavour that one day I just decided was okay – must be old age? Thanks for visiting and for sharing 🙂

  3. I made this icecream and it was sensational. I used 3/4 cup of coffee (Nespresso India) as I love strong coffee and was so pleased with the flavour. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!


  4. For some reason the consistency was a little icy – don’t know why / but the flavour was great. Use half of cup of expression coffe.
    Any ideas ??

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