Black Forest Coffee

Discover the delicious fusion of black forest gateau and smooth golden coffee. This wonderful recipe is ideal for the end of a meal, or as a special treat. The taste is inspired by the traditional German dessert black forest gateau, with its layers of gorgeous chocolate and maraschino cherries. The coffee, cherries and chocolate blend perfectly to create a drink that is luxurious.

Yet, this indulgent delight is not hard to make. If you follow the instructions carefully, a black forest coffee can be prepared in very little time.

What Will I Need?

Here is a list of the basic ingredients you will need to serve up to eight cups of black forest coffee:

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Black Forest Coffee

  • 1000ml / 35fl oz coffee
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 200g maraschino cherries (or 50g + 4 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice)
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate sprinkles

Tip: Don’t be afraid of experimenting slightly. For example, adding cherry brandy will give your recipe a kick – perfect for a dinner party.


Before you begin make sure you have enough hot coffee for you and your guests. (This recipe works best with freshly ground coffee.)

Step 1: If using a French press cafetiere (as in these illustrations), first crush 150g of maraschino cherries, removing stones as you go.

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Crush Cherries

Step 2: Brew your favourite coffee using your preferred method (we recommend a French press).

Step 3: Mix coffee and syrup. Wait a few seconds and then, if using a French press, add the cherries. It is important to add the cherries last; this is so you don’t impair the delicate flavouring. Press the filter down now, removing the coffee grounds and cherry solids from the drink. If you’re not using a French press, simply add cherry juice.

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La Cafetiere Optima 8-Cup Coffee Press (AMAZON.COM)

Step 4: Stir well to ensure all the flavours are blended evenly. Your drink should be smooth and rich in colour. Pour as many cups as needed.

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Pour Coffee

Step 5: Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and remaining cherries. This is your chance to get creative. Be inspired by the traditional black forest gateau. Photographs of the elaborate decorations can be found all over the internet.

Step 6: Sit back and enjoy with friends!

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Enjoy Black Forest Coffee

Jessica Bailey

Jessica Bailey

Jessica Bailey is a coffee lover writing on behalf of La Cafetiere, specialists in French press coffee makers and accessories for fine hot drinks. An English language and literature graduate, Jessica loves to write - especially about one of her favourite things - coffee!
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