Quick And Easy Coffee Mousse Cups



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If you’re looking for simple coffee desserts to make at home, this easy coffee mousse recipe is a great choice. With a rich, creamy texture and smooth coffee flavor, these little espresso mousse cups are sophisticated, easy coffee flavored desserts that are perfect to serve at your next dinner party or celebration.

Scooping spoon of coffee mousse from small white cup.

Why You’ll Love This Easy Coffee Mousse Recipe

There are a few reasons why I think you’ll love this simple mousse recipe:

  1. Perhaps best of all is that with just 4 ingredients they are quick and easy to make and can be stored in the fridge until needed. They really are the perfect make ahead dessert for coffee lovers.
  2. There’s no gelatine and not setting time in this quick mousse recipe, so no extra time is required to firm up your whipped cream mousse recipe.
  3. This coffee dessert recipe is a no bake recipe! 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.

If you love to make coffee flavored desserts, try this creamy espresso panna cotta or my easy coffee granita.

espresso mousse cups.

Espresso Mousse Equipment List

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

  • Double boiler, or a saucepan and heat proof bowl: If you don’t have a double boiler, you can simply place a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of water.
  • Whisk
  • Electric mixer: An electric mixer speeds up the process for whipping the cream, but a handheld beater or whisk will also do the job.
  • Spatula
  • Serving mugs or glasses: I recommend you use small serving cups – this coffee dessert is very rich and you don’t want any to go to waste!

Coffee Mousse Cups Ingredients

I love a short ingredient list when I’m cooking, and this espresso mousse recipe is just 4 ingredients long. The specific quantities and steps are listed in the recipe card below.

  • Heavy cream: The essential ingredients for making a creamy and velvety mousse.
  • Egg yolks: We just need the yolks, so divide your eggs and store the egg whites for another recipe!
  • Superfine sugar: Also known as caster sugar, it dissolves easily.
  • Espresso powder: Creates a rich but smooth coffee aroma and flavor without being overpowering.


Espresso Powder: Espresso powder can be expensive and hard to find, but it is often more available online. Espresso powder can be substituted for dark roast instant coffee granules, but they won’t have the same depth of flavor as good quality espresso powder.

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

Note: Espresso powder is NOT the same as ground coffee. Espresso powder will dissolve in liquids, whereas coffee grounds will not.

coffee flavored mousse in small white mug with spoon.

How To Make Coffee Mousse

Step 1 – Prepare the mousse flavor base. Place your egg yolks and sugar into the top pan of a double boiler and whisk over gentle heat for 3 minutes. It’s 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’s time to start beating your cold cream. Using an electric mixer (or whisk), whip the cream in a large bowl until firm peaks form.

Add the cooled espresso base mix and continue beating until incorporated and fluffy.

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’s 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 to chill for 30 minutes or so or until needed.

top view of espresso mousse cup.

How To Serve Coffee Mousse

This mousse is divine served plain. But if you want to dress it up a little, some things you could add include:

  • A swirl of whipped cream on top
  • Drizzles of chocolate sauce
  • Light dusting of cocoa
  • A side of berries.

Or all of the above!

How To Store Coffee Flavored Mousse

These coffee mousse cups should be kept covered in the fridge. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Unfortunately the recipe is not suitable for freezing.

top view of coffee mousse in white cup with spoon.

Recipe Tips For Success

  1. Don’t leave the stove or have the heat too high while you are whisking the eggs. Whisk over a constantly over a gentle heat and do not overcook.
  2. Beat the cold cream until you have firm peaks, otherwise your homemade mousse will be a little too soft. But also don’t overmix and turn your cream into butter!
  3. Try to find espresso powder for a smooth, lovely coffee flavor.
  4. Rest the espresso mousse cups in the fridge for a firmer consistency.

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smooth coffee flavored mousse in small white cup with spoon alongside.

Easy Coffee Mousse

This super easy coffee mousse is creamy and delicious. With just 4 ingredients it's the perfect make ahead dinner party dessert.
4.61 from 23 votes
Servings: 6 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup superfine sugar caster sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder see note 1
  • 2 cups heavy cream extra


  • Place the egg yolks and sugar in a double boiler (see note 2). Whisk over a gentle heat for 3 minutes.
  • Add 1/4 cup of heavy cream and espresso powder to the saucepan with the egg mixture and continue whisking until thickened and powder is dissolved.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and place in the refrigerator to cool for around 30 minutes.
  • In a separate large bowl, whip the extra cold heavy cream with an electric mixer or whisk until stiff peaks form.
  • Add the cooled espresso mixture to the whipped cream and continue beating until incorporated and fluffy.
  • Divide the mixture between 6 small individual serving glasses, mugs or ramekins.
  • Serve immediately or return to the refrigerator to cool and firm up a little more until needed.


  1. Espresso powder is fine water soluble granules. It’s not the same as ground coffee – which will not dissolve in your mixture. If you can’t find espresso powder in the grocery store, substitute instant coffee granules.
  2. A double boiler is two pots that sit atop each other, and use steam from the boiling water in the bottom pot to gently heat the ingredients in the top pot. You can also use a bowl resting over a saucepan.
  3. 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.
  4. This recipe will fill 6 small cups or glasses.


Serving: 1person | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 198mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 154mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1442IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Rachel Rodda
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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