Coffee panna cotta recipe without gelatin – Coffee desserts

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This coffee panna cotta is a creamy dessert with a strong coffee flavor and vanilla notes. It is easy to make, and if you like to drink your coffee with cream and sugar, this is a nice dessert for you. Like an iced coffee, but better.

You will enjoy coffee desserts after you try this one!

By the way, grab this easy panna cotta recipe to make for romantic evening! By the way, it’s a great dessert for International Coffee Day (1st of October).

Coffee Panna Cotta

Coffee, coffee, and again coffee

I’m a great fan of coffee, are you too? Not the person that drinks hundred cups per day… I prefer my morning to start with a good cup of quality coffee. But it can start with creamy espresso panna cotta too, why not? Make it in the evening, it will set overnight in the fridge, and you can enjoy it in the morning instead of coffee with milk!

There are many coffee trends like serving coffee in Waffle cons or even with mushrooms! Yes, yes, you hear me right. In general coffee becomes creamier and sweeter. I can say this coffee panna cotta is actually our way of serving Cold brew.

Did you know Finnish people drink the most coffee in the world? Imagine, it is 12 kilos/ 423 oz per person? And the biggest coffee exporter is the country in the other part of the world – Brazil.

coffee panna cotta

Coffee panna cotta toppings

I decided to serve this coffee panna cotta in martini glasses, decorated with coffee beans. Coffee beans are optional and you may not eat it. But to my mind, it is a beautiful “straight to the point” decoration.

Additionally, you can decorate this dessert with some chocolate spirals, whipped cream or top with some berries and mint leaves.

What is panna cotta dessert

This dessert will look great on any celebration as well as romantic evening (or maybe romantic breakfast?). And it has such a beautiful name, makes a restaurant feel… Well, don’t tell anyone, but Panna cotta in translation from Italian means just “boiled cream”…

Do you like Panna Cotta dessert as much as we do? Then also check our Orange Panna Cotta recipe!

Orange panna cotta is creamy and fresh dessert, one of the Christmas dessert ideas you can make for your family. Easy no bake desserts that you will enjoy! Orange and white dessert, served with peppermint leaves and shredded chocolate. panna cotta orange sauce , easy orange panna cotta , best panna cotta recipe , orange panna cotta recipes , citrus panna cotta

Panna cotta without gelatin

I made this coffee panna cotta with agar agar, which is an excellent alternative to gelatin. Agar-agar is suitable for vegetarians. It is made from red marine algae, it is almost as strong as gelatin and doesn’t add any specific taste or color to the final dish.

So this is vegetarian panna cotta recipe! To make it vegan, just substitute regular milk with coconut cream.

You can prepare this dessert in advance and it can last for a couple days in your fridge (if you can resist it so long).

Check also our Rhubarb and strawberry mousse made with agar agar!

If you want more interesting recipes – check out our pinterest page!

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coffee panna cotta
Coffee panna cotta without gelatin - Coffee desserts
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Chilling time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
10 mins

This coffee panna cotta or espresso panna cotta is a creamy dessert with a strong coffee flavor and vanilla notes.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cold, easy, romantic dessert, single serving
Servings: 2
Calories: 402 kcal
Author: Cooking Journey
For coffee panna cotta:
  • 4 tbsp strong brewed coffee (espresso)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 200 ml heavy cream / 6,7 oz
  • 5 g Agar-Agar powder / 0,2 oz
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 coffee beans
Coffee layer:
  • 100 g strong brewed coffee (espresso) / 3,5 oz
  • 2 g agar agar / 0,7 oz
  • 2 tsp demerara sugar
  • 6 coffee beans
  1. Place cream, coffee, sugar, vanilla essence and coffee beans in a saucepan. Stir on a low heat until it becomes warm.

  2. Add agar agar and stir on a low heat for 2 minutes. Leave in the same pan to infuse for 5 minutes.

  3. Strain the mixture. Pour cream and coffee mixture into prepared glasses and leave them in a fridge for at least 1 hour until it sets.

  4. Meanwhile, prepare top layer. Heat coffee with agar-agar and demerara sugar for 2 minutes. Let it cool a little.

  5. Pour the coffee layer on the almost set panna cotta layer and leave it in fridge until everything sets completely (about half an hour)

  6. Serve, decorated with coffee beans.

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