Quick And Easy Coffee Mousse Recipe

Published: // Updated: March 20, 2024
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If you are looking for simple coffee desserts to make at home, this easy coffee mousse recipe is a great choice.

With a creamy texture and subtle coffee flavour, these little espresso mousse cups are sophisticated, yet easy coffee desserts to serve at your next dinner party or celebration.

With just 4 ingredients they are quick to make and can be stored in the fridge until needed. They are the perfect make ahead dessert for coffee lovers.

homemade coffee mousse in small white cup with handle for single serving.

Why I love this easy coffee mousse recipe

There are a few reasons why I love this simple mousse recipe

With just 4 ingredients, this recipe for coffee mousse is super easy to prepare with ingredients you are likely to have in your fridge and pantry.

There is no gelatine in this quick mousse recipe, so no extra time is required for your whipped cream mousse recipe to set.

This coffee dessert recipe is also no bake! No bake coffee desserts are a great option for dinner parties and large family celebrations. Simply make the coffee mousse cups the day before, pop them in the fridge and you have a delicious coffee mousse dessert ready to go.

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Espresso mousse equipment list

Whilst this isn’t quite a one bowl recipe, there aren’t many pieces of equipment required to whip up this espresso coffee mousse dessert.

  • Double boiler, or a saucepan and heat proof bowl
  • Whisk
  • Electric mixer
  • Spatula
  • Serving mugs or glasses

If you don’t have a double boiler (like this one), you can simply place a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of water.

An electric mixer speeds up the process for whipping the cream, but a handheld beater or whisk will also do the job.

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Ingredient list for coffee mousse cups

I love a short ingredient list when I’m cooking, and this espresso mousse recipe is just 4 ingredients long:

  • Thickened cream
  • Egg yolks
  • Castor sugar
  • Espresso powder

Like many coffee cake recipes, this coffee mousse recipe without gelatin includes espresso powder. It gives a subtle coffee aroma and flavour without being overpowering.

Espresso powder can be expensive and hard to find in Australia but it is often available online. Click here to check if it is available now.

The cost and challenge to source espresso powder makes it a great coffee gift idea for those who love to bake with coffee.

Espresso powder can be substituted for dark roast instant coffee granules dissolved in a small amount of water, but they won’t have the same depth of flavour as good quality espresso powder.

Alternatively, if you have a good home coffee grinder, you can also try to make espresso powder from scratch.

How to make coffee mousse

Step 1 – Prepare the mousse flavour base

Place your egg yolks and sugar into a double boiler and whisk over gentle heat for 3 minutes. It is important not to leave the eggs unattended as they will over cook.

Once the eggs are whisked for 3 minutes, add the espresso powder and 1/4 cup of thickened cream and continue whisking until the mixture thickens.

Once thickened, remove from the heat and place in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes.

Step 2 – Beat the cream

While the base mix is cooling in the fridge, it is time to start beating your cold cream.

Using an electric mixer (or whisk), whip the cream until firm peaks form.

Add the espresso base mix and continue beating until incorporated and fluffy, and stiff peaks form.

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Step 3 – Divide into serving cups

Divide the mixture into your serving cups or glasses.

This coffee mousse recipe will fill 6 small cups. If you want a more decadent coffee cream dessert, divide the mixture between just 4 larger glasses or cups.

And that is it! If you want a soft creamy mousse, there is no need to refrigerate. However if you prefer a firmer coffee dessert, simply pop in the fridge for 30 minutes or so or until needed.

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Tips for making the best coffee mousse recipe

Don’t leave the stove or have the heat too high while you are whisking the eggs. Whisk constantly and do not overcook.

Beat the cold cream until you have stiff peaks, otherwise your homemade mousse will be a little too soft.

Rest the espresso mousse cups in the fridge for a firmer consistency.

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Coffee mousse

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This super simple creamy no-bake coffee mousse is the perfect make ahead dinner party dessert.


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup castor (white) sugar
  • 1/4 cup thickened (heavy) cream
  • 2 tbsp espresso powder (or instant coffee)
  • 2 cups thickened (heavy) cream


  1. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a double boiler. Whisk over a gentle heat for 3 minutes.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of thickened cream and espresso powder to the pan with the eggs and continue whisking until thickened.
  3. Remove from the heat and place in the refrigerator to cool.
  4. Using an electric mixer or whisk, beat the cold thickened cream until stiff peaks form.
  5. Add the cooled coffee mixture to the cream and continue beating until incorporated and fluffy.
  6. Spoon the mixture into individual serving glasses, mugs or ramekins.
  7. Serve immediately or return to the refrigerator to firm up a little more until needed.


This simple coffee dessert can be made ahead of time and will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Ensure you tightly cover each mousse cup.

This recipe will fill 6 small cups or glasses.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 364Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 4g

Please note that nutrition information is a computer generated estimate and should not be interpreted as a dietitian's advice. Values can vary greatly among brands, amounts and ingredients used.

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Rachel Rodda

Founder of Coffeewise, Rachel is a passionate coffee drinker, Specialty Coffee Association member and former barista who loves to research and share practical tips on brewing great coffee at home. Read more about me here.

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