June 25, 2018 1 Comment

When traveling throughout Italy, there is one specialty that is impossible to miss:  espresso! Enjoy it in the morning in cappuccino form, hop into a bar and order a quick shot at lunch, or experiment with it in desserts like tiramisu. Espresso can also be a delicious, cold treat -- Italians serve espresso over ice cream as affogato, or shaken over ice as caffé ghiacciato. There are virtually unlimited ways to enjoy espresso, and one of our favorites is Granita di Caffé!

granita di caffe frozen espresso

Granita di Caffé 

Known for its bold, rich, refreshing flavor, granita di caffé, or frozen espresso, is a Sicilian summer favorite. This perfect refresher combats the heat and humidity of summer with gusto. Made without milk or cream, this granita is light, perfect to transport in a cooler and enjoy at the beach or outside at a picnic. Make this icy espresso treat in bulk, throw it in the freezer and enjoy it all summer long! 

This simple recipe calls for only 3 ingredients: a strong, full-bodied espresso, sugar, and water. For this recipe, we use Geraci whole bean espresso, produced in San Giuseppe, Sicily. This blend is made of arabica and robusta beans which creates a balanced espresso, rich in flavor and perfect for this granita. Once you learn how to make Granita di Caffé, it'll quickly enter your summer rotation!

 Geraci Espresso


Serves 6 - 8



Geraci Whole Bean Espresso(3 cups, approximately 9 shots)

½ cup of sugar (increase or decrease depending on level of sweetness preferred)

1 cup of water



  1. Brew 3 cups of strong espresso. This can be made cup by cup in a typical espresso machine or in a stove top, stainless-steel espresso maker. 
  2. Heat sugar and 1 cup of water in a stove top pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Lower heat and slowly stir in coffee until sugar is dissolved. 
  4. Remove from heat and pour into baking dish; place in freezer. 
  5. Stir mixture every hour. Espresso will begin to freeze over time, and stirring will bring granita to the optimal slushy, crystallized texture.
  6. Once frozen, scoop into small glasses. If creamier texture is desired, serve topped with whipped cream.
  7. Kick back and enjoy!


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1 Response


July 11, 2019

Thank you for including the cup of water…. I’m making it right now and found without the water it’s rich bold espresso but the water which I added despite other sites not mentioning it – make it more refreshing. Sicilians do it best! Thank you

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