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Dessert inspiration: Coffee mousse

Our coffee mousse recipe

Do you like chocolate mousse? 🍫Do you like coffee? Join the best of 2 worlds and cook up a delicious coffee mousse! 🤩

Coffee mousse is a sumptuous dessert that will impress your guests or simply allow you to indulge in a little gourmet luxury. The exact origin of this variant of the classic chocolate mousse is unclear, but it's in keeping with the tradition of French cuisine that has given rise to many delicious chocolate preparations.

It can be served with whipped cream, chocolate shavings or dusted with cocoa powder for a sophisticated, gourmet dessert.

High-quality dark chocolate, often 70% cocoa or higher, is used to obtain a rich, intense flavor. When it comes to coffee, opt for a strong, full-bodied coffee, generally used to flavour the chocolate mousse.

And since we're generous (yeah, that's what we're like), we'll give you the recipe to wow your guests' taste buds (or just your own, if you don't feel like sharing).

So grab your spoons and enjoy this divine marriage of coffee and chocolate!

Un pot de mousse au café










  • 2/3 cup cold espresso
  • 4 teaspoons gelatin
  • 4 eggs, separated (very important)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup 35% whipping cream
  • Little extra: 1/2 cup coffee liqueur

Preparing the coffee mousse

1 - Sprinkle the gelatine over the cold coffee in a bowl, then place in the microwave for a few seconds.

2 - Whisk the egg whites in another bowl and set aside in the fridge.

3 - In another bowl (that's a lot of bowls), whisk the egg yolks and sugar until smooth. Then add the gelatine mixture.

4 - Whip the cream separately.

5 - Slowly fold the whipped cream into the coffee mixture, and do the same with the egg whites. Leave in the fridge for a few hours.

6 - We'll leave it up to you to make it all beautiful for your guests (or just in the bowl for yourself), and voilà!

Let us know what you think!

What's the history of chocolate mousse?

The history of chocolate mousse is rather intriguing, as there's no consensus on its precise origin. However, the roots of this airy chocolate dessert can be traced back to 18th-century Europe.

Chocolate itself was introduced to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century. In its early days, however, it was consumed mainly as a hot drink. The concept of chocolate mousse as a dessert came much later.

There are several accounts of the creation of chocolate mousse. One of the earliest records of a primitive version of chocolate mousse dates back to 18th-century France. Back then, it was a relatively simple preparation, consisting of a mixture of melted chocolate with eggs and sugar. However, it was denser than modern chocolate mousse.

Over the years, the recipe has evolved to become lighter and airier. The process of separating the eggs into whites and yolks, followed by mixing the stiffly beaten egg whites with the melted chocolate, was perfected. This technique was popularized by great French pastry chefs such as Marie-Antoine Carême and Auguste Escoffier.

Chocolate mousse became a popular dessert in France and other European countries during the 20th century. It has been featured in numerous cookery books and served in prestigious restaurants. Its simplicity and rich chocolate flavor made it a worldwide favorite.

Today, chocolate mousse is enjoyed in many variations, from classic versions to flavored variants, and is a common dessert in many cultures. It remains one of the most emblematic recipes in international patisserie, appreciated by chocolate lovers the world over.

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