Why We Use Coffee in Dessert Recipes

Adding coffee to any dessert creates a whole new world of possibilities, satisfying the taste buds of those with a sweet tooth and anyone on the look for an air of sophistication.

Lovers of coffee will already be aware of the endless possibilities of mixing and matching different blends to create a unique taste to quench their first. Coffee, though, can also be utilised as the not-so-secret ingredient to ramping up your dessert from a mild delight to an all-singing-all-dancing showstopper to any meal.

Coffee breathes new life into even the simplest of desserts – for example, a sprinkle of coffee on vanilla ice cream creates an edgy taste that goes down a treat. Ground beans, however, have so much more potential than playing a supporting role, with so many tantalising recipes featuring coffee as the main attraction.

Frozen Cinnamon Coffee Dessert

If you are yearning for a delicious, yet simple, dessert that features premium coffee beans as part of a delightfully sweet plate, then you simply must try frozen cinnamon coffee. The name itself is enough to put you on the edge of your seat.

The ingredients for this delight include:

  • Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans – check this website out for a range of single origin blends
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ light brown sugar


  1. Grind down the coffee beans with the stick of cinnamon to make a cup of espresso and dissolve both the white and brown sugars into the coffee, leaving to cool down.
  2. Freeze the coffee in a bowl and cover with cling film.
  3. Once frozen, beat the coffee mixture and return to the freezer, allowing it to freeze until it reaches a consistency similar to sherbet.
  4. Serve with liqueur, whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Using Any Blend of Coffee

The beauty of using coffee is that almost any blend can be used based on your own taste. If you are a seasoned coffee drinker, you will already know what flavours suit you best, and you may wish to play it safe when using coffee as an ingredient in your cooking.

Playing it safe, though, takes away a lot of the fun of cooking with coffee, with a plethora of flavours just aching to be tested. Experiment by blending two or three types of coffee beans together to create a unique taste that will have all of your guests begging to be let in on your methods. It’s up to you as to whether you give away your secrets!

Why Single Origin Coffee is Premium

Single origin coffee is sold at a premium because, in theory, the beans are from the same location, instead of a mixed and match blend. This creates a distinct and pure taste that all true coffee aficionados are familiar with and grow accustomed to.

Baristas around the world deal with the use of premium coffee and seek new and innovative ways in which to brew the beans to achieve optimum flavour. This is a science all in itself, and once you master the art not only will your drinking standards drastically improve, so too will your cooking. The health benefits of coffee are also another positive that should be considered when using as part of your recipe.

Be Daring

Using coffee beans in desserts is not something that comes naturally to many, but to dare is to do and to be bold is to be brave. Take a chance and innovate your dessert with your favourite blend of coffee beans for an unforgettable dining experience.

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