Jamaican Coffee Brownies with Pecans Recipe


The famous coffee flavors both the brownies and their ganache topping.

Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is prized for its bold, clean flavor, but good espresso beans and strong brewed espresso work well, too.


  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 15 tablespoons (2 sticks minus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons finely ground Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips (6 ounces)
  • 6 tablespoons freshly brewed Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
  • 30 thin strips crystallized ginger


Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9x2-inch metal pan with nonstick spray. Combine sugar, butter, cocoa, ground coffee, and salt in large metal bowl. Place bowl over saucepan of simmering water and whisk until butter melts and ingredients are blended (texture will be grainy). Remove bowl from over water; cool mixture to lukewarm if necessary. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Sift flour over and fold in. Mix in pecans.

Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake brownies until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool brownies in pan.

Place chocolate chips in small bowl. Bring brewed coffee to simmer in small saucepan; pour over chips and stir until melted and smooth. Let ganache stand until cool and beginning to thicken, about 1 hour; spread evenly over brownies. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; let stand at room temperature.) Cut brownies into 15 squares. Top each with 2 ginger strips.

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Amical Coffee

Star Street in Wan Chai is the raising star these years for delicate restaurants, behind this street, there is an alley called Sun Street, and there you will find a gem on the 1/F of an inconspicuous building. There it is, Amical Coffee.

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It was really quiet on a Friday afternoon, which I think I just found another workplace. There are quite a lot of choices on coffee and I ordered Mocha and Espresso Macchiato on that day, and I continued to explore the coffee shop. Besides espresso drinks, they also have all kind of filtered coffee including French Press and Siphon. When I finished looking at the menu, I noticed a huge unique painting on one of the walls, which seems like a old style coffee machine.

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There aren’t many seats but they have a lovely balcony, though you may not have a pleasant view but at least you’re not sitting next to busy streets smelling gas from cars.


Espresso Macchiato

And here it comes the espresso macchiato. Bitter but rich, mouthful of aroma and after taste, I prefer just a tad more foam for it.

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The Mocha

Sweet, too sweet. What a great contrast after the espresso. I don’t drink mocha much but I can still tell mocha lover will love it, because it doesn’t taste like artificial cocoa syrup.

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I will definitely come back and try other kind of coffee. Note that they are closed on Thursday

1/F, 1 Sun Street, Wan Chai
5489 5330