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Coffee Bean Truffles Recipe

Who would have thought that cream, two kinds of beans, and a species of tropical grass could yield the most decadent, intense, and feel-good-inducing treat? Of course, coffee beans, cocoa beans, and sugar are what we are talking about forming our delicious coffee beans truffles recipe …

Coffee produces dopamine, the euphoria hormone, which is why your morning caffeine fix makes you feel so alive. Chocolate is practically a feel-good pharmacy – containing three substances that lead to a feeling of well-being and, in large enough quantities, a sense of falling in love! No need to elaborate on sugar. Sugar = happiness. We've known this since we were kids. Cream adds a feeling of satiety and rounds out this near-perfect treat.

Coffee, chocolate, sugar, and cream – four simple ingredients which happen to be incredibly delicious even on their own. Coffee-bean-infused chocolate truffles are a meetup of these four basic elements.

Coffee Bean Truffles Recipe

Four simple ingredients which happen to be incredibly delicious even on their own. Coffee-bean-infused chocolate truffles are a meetup of these four basic elements.
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PREP TIME 3 hrs 25 mins
COURSE Dessert
CUISINE American



  • 120 gram dark chocolate broken into small pieces
  • 60 gram heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 36 gram salted butter
  • 60 gram vanilla sponge cake finely crumbled
  • 6 teaspoon hot freshly brewed espresso
  • 1 teaspoon Patron coffee-infused tequila optional
  • 7 teaspoon finely ground coffee beans
  • 7 teaspoon granulated white sugar extra


Coffee Bean Infused Cream

  • Measure the cream and place it in a jar with a lid.
  • Add the whole coffee beans.
  • Cover with a lid and agitate it gently.
  • Place in the fridge for about 12 hours to infuse.

Coffee-Infused Chocolate Ganache

  • Remove the infused cream from the fridge. Next, remove the jar's lid and heat the cream in the microwave at full power for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Strain the cream to remove the coffee beans.
  • In a separate bowl, add the chocolate and the butter.
  • In another small bowl, mix the cake crumbs with the hot espresso and the coffee flavoured tequila. Set aside.
  • Place the cream in a microwave-safe bowl or jug and heat again for 30 seconds to a minute until the cream is hot and foamy. Watch that it doesn't bubble over.
  • Remove the cream from the microwave and pour it over the chocolate and butter. Stir until the chocolate and butter have melted into the cream, and the mixture is smooth and shiny.
  • Mix the soaked cake crumbs and the sugar. Stir until combined. It may appear to be curdled, but it isn't. It's just the cake crumbs.
  • Pour the mixture into a plastic container (use a container that you can easily scoop from). Cover with a lid and allow the mixture to cool completely in the fridge. The mixture needs to harden all the way through before the next step.

Rolling And Dusting The Truffles

  • Mix the finely ground coffee beans with the extra granulated sugar in a small bowl.
  • Remove the ganache from the fridge. Scoop a teaspoonful of the ganache with a melon baller. If you don't have one, use a teaspoon. Roll it into a small ball with your hands.
  • Place the ball into the bowl with the ground coffee beans and gently toss it to coat.
  • Place the truffle on a plate and continue with the rest of the ganache mixture until it is finished.
  • Cover the plate and leave to harden in the fridge until ready to serve. Makes 28 truffles.
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Coffee Bean Truffles Recipe

This truffle recipe is elegant in its simplicity and packed with as much feel-good potential as possible for its diminutive serving size. The grown-up version includes coffee flavored tequila, but you can omit it if you prefer to make it family friendly. 

When it comes to recipes with simple ingredients, quality is key.

Chocolate: Buy the best quality dark chocolate you can get your hands on. 50% cocoa solids are preferable, but you can go higher if you are so inclined. Do not, under any circumstances, use baking chocolate (we beg you!) Remember that the higher the cocoa solids, the firmer your truffles will be.

Coffee: You will need whole coffee beans and a shot of freshly brewed espresso for this recipe.

Leftover Cake Crumbs: This is a great way to use it if you have some leftover plain vanilla sponge cake. Even bits of a flopped cake disaster will work. As long as it's quite plain, it will work as a vehicle for the coffee flavour. The addition of cake crumbs also lends an interesting textural element. Many truffles are homogenous in texture all the way through, so the swirls of crumbs add interest to the mouthfeel when you take a bite.

Time And Patience: These, too, are crucial yet underrated ingredients. The best way to inject coffee flavour into cream is through cold infusion. The absence of heat prevents the bitter elements of coffee from getting into the cream. This does, however, require a bit of time, so plan ahead to make this.


Question: Can I use white or milk chocolate?

Answer: No. The text of ganache depends on a higher percentage of cocoa solids, which milk and white chocolate simply do not have.

Question: Can I use store-bought cake?

Answer: Yes! As long as it's not heavily flavoured with anything.

Good To Have Tools

  • Microwave-safe bowls
  • Small coffee or spice grinder 
  • Tea strainer 
  • Melon baller tool (optional)
  • A bean-to-cup coffee machine is helpful but not essential.

Coffee Beans Truffles Recipe: Summing Up

At its most basic, chocolate truffles are simply a mixture of cream and good quality chocolate. And when we need a feel-good hit, that's usually enough to satisfy a craving. However, this recipe takes it up quite a few notches and elevates the simple formula to a special treat. It can be something you make for a loved one, it can be a special homemade gift, it can be a pick-me-up after a bad day, and it can simply be a dose of self-care at the end of the day. These little morsels have played all these roles for me at different stages in my life. Because it's packed to the brim with flavour and depth, you may find that just one or two of these truffles are enough to satisfy your coffee/chocolate cravings. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy!

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