How to Make Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Home made chocolate covered coffee beans are a great treat to share with friends at a simple dinner or a special occasion. This recipe will really impress your guests because it uses 3 different types of chocolate: dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate. Sweet on the outside and bitter on the inside, these mini snacks have a wonderful combination of flavors.

As a bonus we are going to add a little spicy chili powder to the give a boost to the dark chocolate as well as pair grated coconut for a more exotic taste. The possibilities with chocolate covered coffee beans are endless, so give free reign to your imagination and invent your unique combinations.

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans Recipe

Cooking time: 4 hours (+ 1 night in the fridge before consumption)


  • 110 gr (4 oz) dark chocolate
  • 110 gr (4 oz) milk chocolate
  • 110 gr (4 oz) white chocolate
  • 85 gr (3 ½ oz) coffee beans
  • 15 gr (3/4 oz) grated coconut
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Step by Step Preparation:

#1 Separately melt the 3 chocolate bars in bain-marie or double boiler (which means using a saucepan placed above another pan filled with boiling water).

Melt chocolate for covered espresso beans.

#2 Add chili powder to melted dark chocolate.

#3 Add 2/3 grated coconut to melted milk chocolate.

#4 Divide your coffee beans into 3 groups (one for each kind of frosting) and immerse them in hot melted chocolate.

3 types of chocolate covered coffee beans

#5 Delicately remove them with a pair of tongs and place them on a baking sheet.

#6 Put your coffee beans in the fridge for about 30 minutes (or until the frosting has completely hardened).

#7 Immerse again your coffee beans in melted chocolate and repeat the whole procedure.

#8 After another 30 minutes in the fridge, repeat the procedure one more time.

#9 Sprinkle milk chocolate coffee beans with the remaining grated coconut and place them all back in the fridge.

#10 Let the chocolate covered coffee beans rest in the fridge for one night (or not less than 6/7 hours) before consumption, to make sure the chocolate frosting has properly hardened.

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans in jar

Best Coffee for Chocolate Covered Beans

You might be wondering what kind of coffee beans is the best choice to make these original sweets. Let’s explore the different possibilities.

Coffee Roast Level

When making chocolate covered coffee beans aim for a medium to medium dark roast. Lighter roasts can taste acidic whereas the darker roasts can taste bitter. Aim for the middle.

Chart showing different coffee roast levels by color

Use beans in the 2 to 5 range for best results. Chart courtesy of Len Brault

Coffee Varietals

Coffee Arabica: Arabica is native of Ethiopia and it gives small and flattened beans. Despite their size, they’re very aromatic and fragrant. This is the most common varietal in specialty coffee and likely what you will use for this recipe.

Coffee Robusta: Robusta is native of Congo and its beans are round shaped and very rich in caffeine. For this reason, they are also very bitter, so they are not a good choice for this recipe. It is preferable to taste this variety of coffee as a drink when blended with Arabica.

Coffee Liberica: Liberica is native of Liberia and it has big and well-shaped beans. It is not a prized variety, but it is well-suited for this preparation.

Coffee Excelsa: Excelsa is a recent variety (it was only discovered in 1904) native of Northern Africa. Its beans have a medium size and their aroma is very similar to the Arabica ones, so that they are the perfect choice for this recipe.


There are many recipes online for making chocolate covered coffee or espresso beans that more basic. This recipe combines the strengths of three different forms of chocolate along with the heat from chili powder and the sweetness from coconut to make something special. Enjoy!

Serve Espresso Beans covered in chocolate


Double Boiler (Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon CANADA

Bain-marie – Wikipedia page on this cooking technique.

Bean Box – Coffee subscription service that uses the top coffee roasters from Seattle.

Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans – Our original recipe.

Ivana Petricevic

Ivana Petricevic

Ivana is a coffee enthusiast and loves to learn, write and share thoughts about coffee with others. She is currently working with her husband and a group of coffee lovers on the site Coffee Supremacy.
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