Homemade Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Creamy, rich Homemade Coffee Ice Cream recipe like you’ve never tasted before.  True coffee flavor infused right into the cream before churning, this is a coffee lovers dream come true. Super easy to make!

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I was never a coffee drinker, at work I would start my day with water or tea while everyone else was crowding around the coffee maker waiting….and waiting….and waiting, not so patiently might I add, for their morning jump-start.  It was like their drug, but I guess for our employer’s sake this was not a bad drug to be addicted to.  After I had my son, I became one of the addicts.  I would loiter around the office pantry waiting for the “coffee people” to make the good stuff.  Like a drug addict. The office coffee was horrid to say the least, I would skip it if that’s all that was around and drive my tired butt to Wawa to get a latte.  The “coffee people” usually made their special stuff around 9:30-10:00 so some mornings were tough unless I made a coffee run on the way to the office.

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Now that I’m home all day, I make it myself and have become quite the coffee snob.  When I decide to try something new and it doesn’t work out, it can ruin my whole day.  Ok, so not the WHOLE day but I’m very disappointed when I buy something that is less than stellar.  Coffee is expensive and you want to get your money’s worth.

SO, when I decided to make this coffee ice cream recipe I wanted to be sure that the flavor really came through….like a strong, rich cup of coffee combined with the perfect blend of cream and sugar.  Something that made you go “mmmmm” when you took a spoonful. This is that coffee ice cream.

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Most recipes call for brewed coffee or espresso powder.  I felt like the extra liquid made the end product less creamy and more icy.  And espresso powder…let’s not even go there.  I wanted the real deal….like what you got out of a coffee pot but with the cream and sugar already added….and cold. I wanted the best homemade Coffee Ice Cream recipe made with coffee beans. By steeping the beans in the cream mixture, you are able to extract pure coffee flavor without the extra water leaving you with a very rich, creamy bowl of coffee goodness.  This is a very strong and rich ice cream so you won’t eat as much….better for the diet!  Right?  And it’s super easy to make like this Vanilla Bean deal. And if you’re wondering how to make homemade Coffee Ice Cream without an ice cream maker, it couldn’t be simpler to do. It will just take a bit longer than using your ice cream machine.  Just pour the chilled base into an airtight container and pop it into the freezer. Every 30 minutes or so, give it a stir and return to the freezer. Repeat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

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Be sure to pick a coffee bean that you know and love already (I love Kona coffee because of it’s full, yet mild, flavor) because this is the real deal…like a frozen cup of that exact blend.  And feel free to use decaffeinated beans. I like a small bowl of this with some freshly, whipped cream.  My husband LOVES adding a heaping spoonful to his morning coffee….not a bad plan in my opinion.  The “coffee people” at the office would love this idea!  And if you’re not really the coffee lover I thought you were then maybe you’ll like this Bananas Foster or THIS Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream instead! OR if you are a chocolate love like me you HAVE to make this Chocolate Ice Cream….it’s the best ever.  I’ll be whipping up some more new flavors in the coming weeks so be sure to follow along on Instagram for all the SWEET details!



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Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Course: Dessert, Ice Cream
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee ice cream
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 11 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 410 kcal
Author: Kellie

Rich and creamy, this Coffee Ice Cream Recipe is for coffee lovers.....real coffee beans flavor the cream for a fantastic mellow flavor that's totally crave worthy.



  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups coffee beans whole (DO NOT GRIND!)
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • a pinch of salt
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, sugar, coffee beans, salt and 1 1/2 cups of the cream until hot but not boiling, stirring occasionally. (The coffee beans create a "lid" so you want to make sure the milk is not scalding on the bottom, the stirring releases some of the steam.) Remove from heat and steep at room temperature for approximately an hour.
  2. Once the mixture has cooled, pour the remaining 1 1/2 cups of cream into a medium bowl set in a larger bowl of ice water. Set aside.
  3. Reheat the milk mixture over medium heat (do not boil). In a small bowl, which together the egg yolks. Temper the eggs by slowly whisking 2 cups of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks a cup at a time. Slowly pour the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
  4. Over medium heat, stir the mixture constantly with a heat-resistant spatula being sure to scrap the bottom and sides of the pan thoroughly until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon, approximately 15 minutes.
  5. Strain the custard through a mesh strainer into the chilled cream and stir. Be sure to press on the beans to strain all the liquid. Stir in the vanilla and stir to combine.
  6. Chill the custard mixture in the refrigerator for a minimum of an hour and up to 8 hours. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Nutrition Facts
Coffee Ice Cream Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 217mg72%
Sodium 54mg2%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1145IU23%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


11 comments on “Homemade Coffee Ice Cream Recipe”

  1. Yum, I LOVE coffee ice cream! Even better –this is homemade. Look at those coffee specs in the ice cream! Delish!

  2. I love coffee ice cream, it combines my 2 favorite things together. Can’t wait to try it!

  3. I have an ice cream machine that lights up my day whenever used, but I’ve never made coffee ice cream. I will try your recipe, and the great idea of using the coffee beans!

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  8. We make similar coffee ice cream but I’m going to try your ideaof steeping the coffee beans in the cream (we use Kona coffee beans). We add crushed up chocolate oreo cookies at the end. Here in Hawaii they call it Kona mud slide. Thanks for the great idea for a richer coffee flavor.

  9. I made a batch of this today. Thank you for sharing!!  I had family over to try it out and they all LOVED it!!  So much better than other “best” recipes we have had!!!  Oh so creamy!!  Do you have a cinnamon ice cream recipe you would like to share??  This was so very creamy!!  Thank you!

    • Thank you so much! I do love this recipe so much and am glad you did too! I have a cinnamon ice cream but haven’t posted it yet….I’ll work on that this weekend. Thanks again!

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