Caffeine: Tea Or Coffee For You?

Let’s talk about the non-scientific stuff first. I love both. I have a cup of tea (caffeine-free roiboos) every day in the morning followed by a cold brew done with 100% Robusta coffee bean Sumatra Ascogo roasted at one of Vienna’s best coffee roasters (Kafferรถsterei Alt Wien). Once a week we have also our Forza Napoli with a high percentage of Robusta at Nicholas Franze’s cafe. Matcha scores also high on our favorites (check in at Cha No Ma for gorgeous matcha, if you are in Vienna). But is caffeine ok in a healthy lifestyle? And, most important, how much?

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The Zero Calories Dessert #1

Coffee Granita

Have a look at the picture below if you do not know what a granita is: it’s a delicious Italian dessert with -probably- Arabian roots. We eat it especially in summer but to be honest it is like ice cream: it is always time for it ;-).

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Granita al caffรฉ at Caffรฉ Sant’Eustacchio in Rome

But zero calories ice cream? Are you kidding me?

Stefan and I are dieting and especially for me there is no much room for delicious ice cream and generally gorgeous high caloric treats, like dark chocolate and nut butter. This is also the reason why both of them are in the cellar right now ๐Ÿ˜‰ but more about this issue later. That’s why we developped the recipe below.
Long story short: here is the solution for all of you coffee lovers and sweet tooth people: it is refreshing, it is sweet and it teleports you in Piazza Navona in Rome when you eat it. You can use coffein-free coffee too -as we do- so that you can have this treat also in the evening.

Makes two big servings

  • three ice-cube trays (each ca. 250 ml water)
  • three teaspoons instant coffee (it makes it more fluffy)
  • 250 ml tap water
  • pinch of salt
  • sweetener to taste
  • optional: flavours, spices (cinnamon, vanilla, ginger…)
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Blend everything!

Blend everything in a powerful blender. Enjoy. A lot.
As most if not all of our recipes, it’s a mothership: vary it, experiment with it, make it better and have fun! Of course, let us know how we could do it even better ๐Ÿ˜‰

Suggestions:

…with cacao (no zero calories, but awesome)

…with matcha (add a bit more water)

…with the juice and zest of one lemon

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