An easy coffee gelato ice cream recipe. 

I love a good coffee ice cream. Hagen Daaz makes a really good one, but this recipe is just as easy as going to the grocery store, and tastes even better. There are only 4 ingredients, and you probably already have them at home. This is definitely a new favorite ice cream/gelato recipe. It had perfect consistency and flavor. Use a good quality instant espresso since it will be the only flavor you taste.

A hand pours a shot of espresso over vanilla ice cream to make affogato, an Italian dessert.

If you love coffee like I do, don’t miss my classic Italian Affogato recipe made with vanilla ice cream and a shot of espresso! It’s the easiest way to make a coffee ice cream dessert! 

Yield: Serves 6

Coffee Gelato

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes

A delicious creamy coffee gelato ice cream recipe made in the ice cream maker for a wonderful Italian dessert.

A bowl of homemade coffee gelato ice cream.


  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water


  1. Whisk yolks and sugar in large bowl to blend. Bring milk to boil in heavy medium saucepan. Gradually whisk hot milk into egg mixture; then whisk in espresso mixture. Return mixture to saucepan. Stir over medium heat until custard thickens and leaves path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across, about 8 minutes (do not boil). Refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours.
  2. Process custard in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Freeze in covered container. (Can be prepared 3 days ahead. Keep frozen.)


Bon Appetit May 1997