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How to Make Coffee Panna Cotta

Coffee panna cotta is one of the decadent desserts we love to order most in restaurants.

It’s a light and refreshing; make – ahead dessert that’s ideal for an after-dinner treat.

Making panna cotta is easy. It’s a no-bake dessert that you can make in several hours.

Despite how popular it is, there are those who don’t know much about panna cotta.

If you are one of these people who love luxurious desserts, here is some information on coffee panna cotta and how to make it.

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What is Coffee Panna Cotta?

Panna cotta is an Italian name meaning cooked cream. It is a traditional Italian egg-free dessert with the consistency of custard that is made of gelatin. This popular Italian dessert originated in Piedmont, Italy.

It is often ordered in restaurants because of the elegant way it’s served, its creamy texture, and its unforgettable sweetness.

You can add different flavors to panna cotta to give it a unique taste. Some popular flavors are vanilla, mango, and coffee.

Panna cotta is eaten with a spoon and served with coffee syrup or warm sauces made from chocolate, berries, or caramel.

Coffee panna cotta is incredibly delicious and refreshing because of the warming flavor of coffee and the caffeine that gives it an extra kick.

It is an excellent dessert to have in summer, accompanied by seasonal fruits when the temperatures are sweltering, prompting you to look for something mildly sweet and cooling.


How to Make Coffee Panna Cotta


45 ml cold water

7g unflavored powdered gelatin

A cup of heavy cream

1/2 cup whole milk

1 shot of Espresso

50 g granulated sugar

1 Tsp vanilla extract


  1. Start making the Panna cotta by preparing gelatin. Pour the gelatin crystals over water in a small bowl. Leave the gelatin crystals to soften and bloom for 5 -10 minutes. You need the gelating to absorb water and attain a solid consistency.
  2. Heat milk, heavy cream, sugar, coffee, and vanilla in a pot on medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Remove the creamy coffee syrup from the fire, and whisk it until smooth, ensuring the gelatin dissolves completely. You may add Kahlua or any other coffee liqueur to the panna cotta mixture to make an alcoholic panna cotta.
  4. Let the panna cotta mixture cool down, and then pour it into ramekin dishes to keep the cream from separating from the gelatin. Put the panna cotta in the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours.
  5. Serve the coffee panna cotta with shavings of fruit or nuts, some coffee-flavored syrup, or salted caramel, and garnish it with a bit of mint.
  6. Although panna cotta can be eaten straight from the dish, it is best served on a plate with the desired garnishes gently placed on top. Well-set panna cotta should stand unsupported on the plate.
  7. You can store panna cotta in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Make sure you cover it with plastic wrap to maintain its freshness.

There are many variations of Panna cotta you can make. You can substitute granulated sugar with coconut, muscovado, or brown sugar.

People who do not take coffee due to its caffeine content can substitute the Espresso in this recipe for decaf coffee.

Some panna cotta addicts flavor this dessert with white chocolate, while others prefer floral flavors such as rose, elderflower, and lavender.

Because panna cotta is a sweet milky dessert, you can make coffee panna cotta with spices that go well with milk or coffee, such as cardamom or cinnamon.

Some people feel gelatin is hard to work with because it’s hard for them to get it to set. There are also those who think it has an unpleasant taste.

You can substitute the gelatin in this coffee panna cotta recipe with egg whites, giving it a smooth, melt-in-your-mouth consistency. The egg whites are blended in with the cream mixture before pouring it into ramekins.



Now you have a simple recipe for making coffee panna cotta that you can make whenever you need a refreshing cold dessert.

It’s a restaurant-style dessert you can make in minutes that will impress your guests or friends.

Use this recipe the next time you need a mouth-watering dessert to serve your guests after a hearty dinner.

A serving of panna cotta contains 254 calories, so it’s a decadent dessert you can only have once in a while. When you do, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience.


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