Coffee Granita With Kahula-Cream and Shaved Chocolate

There are distinct advantages to making granita. One is that you don’t need an ice cream maker or any special tools. Chances are you have all the necessary equipment: measuring cup, spoon, metal pan, and fork. Of course you need a refrigerator, since this is a frozen dessert. Before you start preparation clear a shelf in your freezer.

This is a budget-friendly dessert, another advantage. Thanks to the few ingredients–juice or coffee, sugar, and your choice of garnishes–it’s relatively cheap to make. Use frozen whipped topping instead of real whipping cream to lower the cost even more.

A variety of flavors is the third advantage of granita. And you have many to choose from: orange, lemon, lime, grape, grapefruit, cranberry, cherry, pineapple, pomegranate, or a mixture of juices. The choices are yours and depend on the menu and your palate.

Fewer calories are the fourth advantage, something that’s important to me and may be important to you. Granita has fewer calories than regular ice cream. You also have the option of using a sugar substitute.

Easy preparation is yet another advantage. Still, you need to keep scraping the ice regularly. Otherwise, you will have a pan of hard ice, not the snow-cone mixture you want. It’s best to make this recipe the day you want to eat it. It can be made a day ahead, however. Take the pan out of the freezer and, as soon as it starts to thaw. Start scraping with a fork. Continue to scrape until the granita looks fluffy.

I’m sensitive to caffeine, so I used decaffeinated coffee for this original recipe. You may use half-regular and half-caffeinated coffee, or regular coffee, or flavored coffee, such as cinnamon. The Kahula (coffee-flavored liqueur) in this recipe is optional. It you choose not to use it, sweeten the whipping cream with 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Serve the granita in plain or fancy bowls. Instead of chocolate, you may garnish the dessert with ground cinnamon, a sprinkle of cocoa powder, or colored cookie sprinkles. The dessert is sweet, but not overly so, just the right ending to almost any meal, I think it’s a winner!


2 cups strong, decaffeinated coffee

1/3 cup granulated sugar (or your choice of a sugar substitute)

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup whipping cream

2-3 tablespoons Kahula (may be omitted)

1 plain chocolate candy bar, such as Hershey’s


1. Put whipping cream bowl in fridge.

2. Brew coffee. Add sugar, vanilla extract, and cool to room temperature.

3. Transfer liquid to an 8-inch metal baking pan.

4. Put pan in freezer. As soon as it starts to freeze, scrape with fork every half hour. Scrape from the sides towards the center.

5. Freeze until granita is firm enough to spoon or scoop.

6. Whip cream in chilled bowl until soft peaks form. Stir in Kahula.

7. Shave chocolate bar over small bowl with vegetable peeler.

8. Spoon into 4 serving dishes. Garnish with Kahula-flavored whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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Espresso Benefits to Your Health

There are probably hundreds of millions of people all over the world that wake up to a freshly brewed serving of a pot of coffee or espresso. If you are one of these people then you’re probably going to be happy to find out that espresso is actually very good for your health.

Coffee actually has some of the same benefits as well naturally, but we’ll get to why some coffee drinkers are not reaping the full benefits of the coffee beverage that they love.

The Benefits of Drinking Espresso

Scientists and researchers have done studies to indicate just how beneficial a cup of espresso or coffee in the morning can be. From the prevention of Parkinson’s disease to lowering your chances of getting diabetes and colon cancer, there are plenty of benefits from that caffeinated beverage in the morning.

In addition, though, espresso and coffee drinkers are able to enjoy better overall mental performances as well as better immune system. But you may be wondering where all these benefits come from. After all, you’ve probably heard over and over that consuming too much coffee each day can actually be damaging to your heart.

The Source of the Benefits

However, there is one part of the coffee that is the best for your health as is described above and that is the fresh flavor that is derived from the coffee beans. The reason that the fresh flavor is the culprit of most of the health benefits is because the freshly brewed coffee beans contain very rich antioxidants that are great for your health.

One of the reasons that espresso is even better for you than regular coffee is a result of the steam being pushed through the ground coffee beans. This occurs so quickly that much of the flavor and antioxidants are in that single cup of espresso.

On the other hand, regular black coffee drinkers may gain some of the benefits from the antioxidants, although the most beneficial cup of coffee to your health that you will ever have is the first cup! After the first cup of the regular coffee is squeezed out then the benefits of the coffee diminish because there are less antioxidants in the second, third, or fourth cups!

Research Has Shown the Benefits

Even though many people may disbelieve that espresso is good for your health, many researchers have shown that drinking at least one serving of espresso a day can be beneficial to your health.

However, having an espresso is good on one hand, but doctoring it up with all sorts of sweeteners, creams, and cinnamon is something that will simply lessen the effects of the good benefits of espresso.

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Be Your Own Barista!

Be Your Own Barista

It’s not always ideal to drive through and pick up a coffee at your favorite coffee shop. No need to worry, you can find out how to make your own fabulous cup of coffee from your own home. You can be your own Barista! It’s important to know the quality of the bean, the type of roast you desire, how to grind your coffee properly if purchasing a whole bean, the brewing strength and other important details to make your creation just right.

History of Coffee

To begin your journey, you will want to select a high quality bean that was harvested from a farmer who has pride in the product they deliver. Some of the countries known for impressive coffee beans are Brazil, Columbia, Kenya and Guatemala. The type of bean you are looking for is based on the type of coffee you desire. Arabica & Robusta are the two main types of coffee beans found. Arabica is known for its smooth and acidic flavor and Robusta is stronger and slightly more bitter in flavor.

The Roast

Understanding the roasting process can make a big difference in the boldness of your drink. A darker roast doesn’t mean that the coffee will contain more caffeine, instead, it means the bean was roasted for a longer period of, thus cooking out some of the caffeine and giving the coffee a stronger flavor. A light roast is considered to be less caffeine, however, it actually contains more caffeine because they are not roasted as long. The caffeine level decreases the longer the beans are roasted.


The Grind

In order to keep your coffee beans fresh, never pre-grind them. Keep them in an air tight container to keep in the flavor. Depending upon what kind of coffee you like, it will determine how you grind your beans. If you are using a French Press, you will want to have your beans ground coarsely. Your typical coffee pot will use a medium ground. Espresso machines use the very finely ground beans.


The Brew

When you are ready to brew your beans, water will play an important role. I recommend using spring water. Using distilled or softened water, it removes minerals and changes the intended flavor. Measure out your coffee properly or use a pre-selected K-cup. It is also important to keep your coffee pot clean. You can use vinegar to run through your coffee pot to remove oil and other buildups to ensure a fresh cup every time.

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