Category Archives: Coffee Craze

Coffee Granita with Cardamom Whipped Cream


(photo from The Bitten Word)

Mmmm, coffee granita reminds me of my trip to Rome years ago when I happened upon Tazza d’Oro near the Pantheon. They made the BEST coffee granita (well, the first one I had ever tried) and they topped it with the perfectly whipped cream. It was so delicious and it was Italy…I mean, c’mon! The urge to find a replacement for it didn’t hit me until recently. Granita is one of those things that is pretty easy to make. It’s elegant and perfect now that our Bay Area “summer” has arrived.

And then there’s the Philz twist: How about coffee granita with cardamom whipped cream? Sounds like a frozen Tantilizing Turkish or Philharmonic blend…delicious!

Coffee Granita with Cardamom Whipped Cream
This recipe is from Bon Appetit’s April 2010 issue.

Ingredients
* 2 cups water, divided
* 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
(instead of using espresso powder, try making a really strong brew of Turkish or Philharmonic)
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 3/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

Preparation
*Bring 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar just to simmer in heavy small saucepan over medium heat, stirring mixture constantly until sugar dissolves. Stir in instant espresso powder and vanilla extract. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups water. Pour into 9x9x2-inch metal baking pan. Freeze mixture 1 hour; stir, mashing any frozen parts with back of fork. Cover and freeze mixture until firm, at least 1 to 2 hours longer and up to 1 day. Using fork, scrape granita, forming icy flakes. Return granita to freezer.
*Beat cream, cardamom, and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in large bowl until peaks form. Divide granita among bowls or glasses. Top granita with whipped cream.

More Coffee Bean Uses…


Do you have any extra coffee beans or ground coffee laying around getting stale? If it’s from us, hopefully not …but there are other uses for coffee beans besides drinking their brew.

Coffee beans in your purse? Yes, ladies, another thing that we should stash in our purses. A little bag of coffee beans…because when you are all out of mints or gum, you can suck on a coffee bean and your breath will smell clean and fresh!

Do you know what your olfactory bulb is?? It’s your sniffer, of course! That silly thing gets worn out if you smell too many perfumes and don’t let it rest properly. You can reset your sense of smell if you take a quick whiff of some coffee beans. It’s weird, but it totally works!

Some more smells that just don’t go away – you know the culprits – garlic, onions, fish… Even after a few times scrubbing at the sink with some soap doesn’t help. Coffee beans can help with that as well. You can rub a few coffee beans on your hands and the oils being released from the beans will absorb the smell. When the odor is gone, wash your hands in warm, soapy water. Double yay for our noses!

Don’t have any baking soda to freshen up your fridge? Use coffee beans instead! If there is any foul smell in your fridge, just place the beans inside a bowl and let it sit in your fridge. Odors be gone!

Coffee grounds are great for cleaning around the house too! The grounds can be used to clean any stain resistant surface, especially greasy kitchen surfaces and even greasy pots and pans! You know…that one you used to cook up some bacon this morning? And don’t worry, the beans won’t stain. They wipe right up!

Smell something gross in your kitchen drain and want to get rid of it? Slowly pour a cup of coffee grounds, mixed with boiling water, down the drain and odors will simply disappear.

Grounds for gardening… I know I’ve said this before. Adding coffee grounds to the soil used for your plants can be an effective way of helping them thrive. Use the coffee grounds sparingly in most of your garden so as to not raise the acidity of the soil and work it thoroughly into the surrounding soil.

How about using some coffee as your SECRET INGREDIENT in your sauces, glazes, marinades??
Here’s a sampling of some delicious looking recipes…
Turkey with cane syrup coffee glaze
Coffee Marinated Bison Short Ribs (I know! They are getting all fancy with the bison! I’m sure you could just use beef short ribs!)
Alton Brown’s Molasses Coffee Marinated Pork Chops
Brown Sugar and Coffee Barbecue Sauce
I think I see a pattern here…coffee seems to go hand in hand with sugar of some sort. Coincidence? I think not.

Another new beauty regimen! Have you been yearning for smooth, exfoliated hands? Grind up your coffee beans to semi-coarse (for that extra exfoliating action) and rub them around with some liquid soap while you’re washing your hands. Smooth hands will be your reward!

Brianna @ Whole Foods Cupertino

A couple weekends ago, we demo’d the Philz Coffee love and passion for the folks at Whole Foods Cupertino.

Our lovely Brianna and Greg knocked the socks off of a bunch of newbies…Giving them the choice between Jacob’s Wonderbar Brew, Tesora or Decaf Swiss Water Peru.

Take a look for yourself:

The next one is scheduled for Whole Foods in Oakland on this Saturday, May 29th from 2pm-6pm…so if you’re in the area, please stop by and grab a cup of coffee.

Super duper special blends in the house!

If you frequent Philz enough, you’ve probably run across some great mixtures of our blends. Experimenting baristas and our lovely regulars are due credit for these tasty creations!

Here are some of the standbys — Philtered Soul/Greater Alarm, Julie’s Ultimate/New Manhattan, the “PET” (Philtered Soul/Tesora with a dash of Ether thrown in)…and that’s just to name a few.

Turns out there is a new blend out there named the RUBY! It’s a great mix of 1/4 Julie’s Ultimate and 3/4 Red Sea that Katie, our 24th Street store manager, created!! I’ve heard from @rubyfuerza on Twitter about it and she’s a definite fan! She even tweeted this picture this morning:

So don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit at Philz Coffee…Ask the baristas if they’ve got something to share with you!

Coffee grounds into furniture?

I feel like almost anything can be made of coffee grounds these days. They are super useful (and not just in your garden or your coffee-fueled car)…this time for furniture!


A company named Çurface in the UK has been working and came up with coffee grounds as a fertilizer, slug barrier, furniture, and sheeting. The material is made from 99% recycled materials: recycled coffee ground waste snagged from offices, cafes and factories across the UK, and post-consumer plastic waste. Don’t worry though…the source materials are all cleaned and sterilized before being mixed and turned into sheeting!

Their commercial launch was at Ecobuild in March…

In the near future, Çurface is going to Milan where they will be working on a coffee shop installation.

Really special coffee

I may be a bit behind in some of my movie viewing but recently, I was able to see The Bucket List (thanks, Netflix!). I had heard good things about it and had it in my queue for awhile and it just finally worked its way up to the top and got sent out.

After watching it, I was intrigued about the coffee he was drinking…What was the name of it again? Kopi whatchmacallit? I looked it up — Kopi Luwak. Oh yeah, the one that an animal eats and digests…and then we make it into something drinkable…um, eww.

Here’s the animal — called a civet (that’s almost like a raccoon):

Turns out the stuff is pretty expensive at $349/lb — even more so than our beloved Jamaican Blue Mountain.

I know Doug mentioned this coffee awhile back…but it came back into the forefront of my mind when I saw The Bucket List that I just had to mention it again!

Ooh, and last but not least, you don’t have to worry…we, here at Philz Coffee, will not be carrying this anytime soon…

Le Whif of coffee!

Could you imagine not drinking your cup of coffee but “whiffing” it? That’s what the makers of Le Whif propose you do…It sounds illegal but it’s totally not.

Le Whif offers a breathable coffee powder that gives you a kick of caffeine (equivalent to a light espresso) but without having to drink the cup of coffee.

Personally, I like the taste of my daily coffee so I don’t think I would dig this caffeine delivery system very much. Also, at Philz, our great customer service goes hand in hand with our great coffee. If you just whiffed your coffee/caffeine, where is the customer service in that? You wouldn’t be able to see your favorite baristas and suddenly your coffee break has been shortened!