Let’s Make Coffee Jelly a la Saiki Kusuo from the Disastrous Life of Saiki K.!

It’s safe to assume that the majority of people like to drink coffee in some form. It’s also safe to assume that if you’re reading this right now, you probably like anime. So where do these things overlap? Well, for today, they bring us to one of the favourite foods of Saiki Kusuo - coffee jelly!

That’s right, we said coffee jelly, and no, we don’t mean some new kind of preservative to spread on your toast in the morning (but are we onto something there...?). Coffee jelly is actually a popular dessert in Japan, so it doesn’t seem out of place to see it featured in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. But for the rest of the world, it’s more uncommon.

If you’re curious to learn more about what coffee jelly is and how to make it, or just want to be a bit more like Saiki K., you’ve come to the right place!

A Dessert and a Stress Relief!

To explain what coffee jelly is, we need to first be all on the same page - we are using the word “jelly” as it’s used in the U.K. and some other parts of the world, to mean a gelatinous dessert and NOT a jam. Everyone understand? So that means that coffee jelly is exactly what it sounds like; a jiggly, soft and chilled dessert, typically served cubed, that tastes like coffee rather than a more traditional sweetened fruit flavour.

Coffee jelly is made from black coffee, so some people may find it a little bitter. To make it more palatable, Japan serves coffee jelly in parfaits, with whipped cream, and as part of other sweeter desserts. But they also serve it by itself for black coffee lovers to enjoy!

So that brings us to Saiki K. and his love for coffee jelly. If you’ve enjoyed the anime The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. on Netflix, you might recall his love for coffee jelly. With how crazy his life is, we can’t blame him for needing a little pick-me-up. Coffee jelly has the benefit of being both a dessert AND a coffee, so he doesn’t have to choose between two common antidotes for stress and busy schedules. Saiki K. likes his coffee jelly with a bit of whipped cream, so that’s how we are going to be teaching you how to make it today!

Japanese-style Coffee Jelly (gluten-free)( 2 servings )

What you need:

brewed coffee (skip instant coffee for a better result)
1 cup

sugar (adjust to taste)
1 tbsp

gelatin powder
1/2 tbsp

2 tbsp

whipped cream
Your favourite

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    First, mix the brewed coffee and sugar in a saucepan. You can use whatever your favourite kind of coffee is, but it will taste much better if you use real coffee instead of instant. You can also adjust the amount of sugar used next time you try this recipe if 1 tbsp is too much or too little for your taste.

  2. 2

    Next, heat the coffee and sugar until its almost boiling, but turn off the heat before it reaches a full boil.
  3. 3

    Mix the gelatin powder and water in another bowl, then add it to the pot.

  4. 4

    When the mixture cools, pour it into a large bowl or smaller serving containers and put it in the fridge to solidify.

  5. 5

    Serve the coffee jelly in whatever kind of bowl you like, and top with whipped cream dollops for the full Saiki K. experience!


Final Thought

If you’re a coffee fan and are interested in trying one of your favourite flavours in a new way, why not coffee jelly? It has the benefit of a rich coffee taste but as an excellent dessert; and while it can be enjoyed year-round, we especially recommend it in the summer as something refreshing on a hot day! And even if your days are not as stressful and strange as Saiki Kusuo has to face, there’s nothing quite like the pick-me-up of some good coffee - or in this case, coffee jelly! It makes all days more bearable.

Have you ever had coffee jelly before? Are you going to try to make it now? Have you tried out our recipe? How was it? Would you like to see any other anime recipes like this one? Drop us a comment!

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Author: Jet Nebula

Living the dream in Tokyo, where you can find me working at a theme café catered towards women. When I’m not writing for Honey’s, I’m working on original dystopian science fiction or blogging about Tokyo’s trendy coffee scene. I spend my free time in Harajuku and Shibuya wearing alternative Japanese street fashion. I love video games, J-rock, tattoos, and Star Wars.

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