Coffee Ice Cream

Caffeine lovers rejoice! This coffee ice cream is for you.

This ice cream is super easy to make and so tasty. I love using a nice full strength coffee bursting with caffeine. It makes for an incredible ice cream that has an added benefit of giving you an energy boost.

Coffee beans and ground coffee on a bench

Everyone has different opinions on what a good coffee tastes like. The recommended amount of coffee in this ice cream can easily be adjusted to your taste. I used a 1/2 cup but you can 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. I had this ice cream the first time and was lying up for hours!

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

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Prep Time: 20 mins
Yields: 1L (1Qt)


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


  1. Add cream, milk, sugar and coffee to a medium saucepan and, stirring frequently, heat until simmering. Don't allow to boil.
  2. Whisk eggs in a separate bowl until pale in colour.
  3. 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.
  4. Continue heating and stirring the milk mixture on a medium heat until it thickens and can coat the back of a spoon.
  5. 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.
  6. Add ice cream base to your ice cream maker and churn following the manufacturer's instructions.
  7. Once churned, freeze for at least 3 hours until hardened.

Additional Info

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


User Rating

4.7 (7 Votes)



24 Replies to "Coffee Ice Cream"

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    Herlina Kwee September 25, 2017 (3:38 pm)

    Love a good coffee ice cream. I’d add some coffee/chocolate liquor to make it a bit more grown up treat ?

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      Nate September 28, 2017 (7:45 am)

      Agreed Herlina, a big dose of Baileys works a treat.

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    Melissa September 25, 2017 (3:41 pm)

    That looks like such a fun ice cream to try! I thought it was way harder to make.

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      Nate September 28, 2017 (7:46 am)

      Thanks for stopping by Melissa. It’s easy to make this and worth the effort 🙂

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    Mily jain September 25, 2017 (3:50 pm)

    Wow my two favorite things in one post! Coffee and icecream!

    • comment-avatar
      Nate September 28, 2017 (7:47 am)

      I’m glad you like Mily!

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    Abbigayle Warner September 25, 2017 (4:08 pm)

    oh my goodness this looks incredibly yummy! <3

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      Nate September 28, 2017 (7:48 am)

      Thanks Abbigayle, it is pretty tasty 🙂

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    Susan September 25, 2017 (4:14 pm)

    Coffee Ice Cream is my favorite! Sooo good! There are some instructions (letting sit overnight) that I never knew. Will have to try!

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      Nate September 28, 2017 (7:49 am)

      Thanks for visiting Susan. Yes, you should definitely give this ice cream a try next time. Well worth the effort I think.

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    Charnè Coetzee September 25, 2017 (5:28 pm)

    Two of my favorite things! Thanks for this. Def gonna try it

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      Nate September 28, 2017 (7:50 am)

      Great to hear Charne, thanks for checking out my post!

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    Jeff Honeywood September 26, 2017 (9:58 am)

    I think I need to put my ice cream maker base in the freezer. I love coffee and ice cream, and don’t know how I haven’t made this yet.

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      Nate September 28, 2017 (7:51 am)

      Get that ice cream bowl freezing Jeff! Thanks for your comment.

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    Yesenia September 26, 2017 (11:07 am)

    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.

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      Nate September 28, 2017 (7:52 am)

      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.

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    Tatjana September 26, 2017 (1:53 pm)

    This looks yummy and combines the 2 things I liked most: coffee & ice-cream. Will book mark.

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      Nate September 28, 2017 (7:53 am)

      Hi Tatjana, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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    Heather September 27, 2017 (3:08 pm)

    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!

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      Nate September 28, 2017 (7:56 am)

      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 🙂

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    The Happy Whisk (Ivy) September 30, 2017 (6:24 am)

    Very nicely done. I love the taste of coffee frozen desserts. I used to love this coffee or maybe it was mocha. It was so long ago now but thank you for inspiration.

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      Nate September 30, 2017 (6:31 am)

      Thanks for stopping by Ivy and I’m glad to provide some inspiration. Have a great weekend!

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