With the theme this week I wanted to experiment with something simple. A lassi variation seemed perfect. So I first decided to make ice cubes from coffee. Then for a little added texture I used instant espresso coffee in the lassi as well. Variations in spices are really easy to suggest, if you have different preferences.

Ingredients

2 cups strong brewed coffee
mixed spices, optional @1 tsp.
1 cup thick Greek plain yogurt, fage
1 tablespoon instant Espresso (Medaglia D\' Oro) powder
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon zested fresh ginger
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seeds or cardamom (I use an old coffee bean grinder)
1/4 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
1-2 tablespoons honey, such as acacia or tupelo, to taste
1 small fresh banana
2 coffee ice cubes, crushed

Directions

Step 1
Make two cups of brewed very strong coffee or espresso. The way I prefer to brew my coffee is to heat filtered water to 190-200 degrees. In a filter cone place the freshly ground coffee beans. Add optional spices such as fennel, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger at this point, too. Pour in a tease of the hot water (about 1/4 the amount) to wake up the ground beans; let that small amount of water slowly filter through. Then pour in the remaining water to complete the brew. I have used Jamaican blue coffee beans.

Step 2
Let two cups of brewed espresso or strong coffee cool. Then pour into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 5 hours. You will have 14 cubes for use. Great for iced coffee, too.

Step 3
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process. Chill, if desired.

Step 4
Garnish with a sprinkle of orange zest,cardamom, cinnamon, cocoa or other spice as desired.