22 Jan Five Simple Ways to Flavor Your Coffee at Home
Did you know that you can enjoy delicious, flavored coffee from the comfort of your kitchen? Whether you prefer spices, sweets, or even a little scotch, there are plenty of ways to flavor coffee beans at home. Here are five different methods you can try.
1. Sprinkle Spices on the Grounds
Flavoring coffee with spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom, became popular in the 1950s when the quality of mass-produced coffee deteriorated. To compensate for the rather bland flavor of most coffee during this era, people started sprinkling the spices on their grounds.
While this method originated during a time when most people used drip brewers that had coffee filter baskets, it still works well with today’s basic drip coffee maker. The best part? It’s incredibly easy to complete and only takes a few seconds. Plus, the process works for both paper and permanent coffee filters. All you have to do is sprinkle your choice of spices on top of your coffee grounds. Then, brew your beverage as you normally would. The water will pick up the spices as it flows through the grounds, adding an extra kick to your morning cup of joe.
2. Store Spices with Coffee
In addition to sprinkling spices on your grounds, you can also store spices directly with them. Throw a nutmeg, clove, or stick of cinnamon into a bag of coffee, and the beans or grounds will slowly pick up the flavor. The longer you leave the spices in, the more prominent their flavor will be.
This is an especially good option if you want the flavors of pie spices, but don’t use a typical drip coffee maker. Submersing spices in a French press or AeroPress could create too strong a taste, so infusing the beans or grounds beforehand is preferable.
3. Soak Coffee Beans with Oils
Some of the best flavored coffee comes from using oils, which are similar to extracts. Oils are available in a wide variety of flavors, providing you with near-endless options. To flavor coffee with oil, mix a small amount of oil with whole coffee beans. Then, toss the beans to distribute the oil evenly and let them sit for a day. Finally, brew as normal, and you’ll have a nicely infused coffee flavor.
4. Sweeten Brewed Coffee with Flavored Coffee Syrup
Perhaps the best-known way to flavor coffee is to simply add a flavored syrup to your cup after it’s done brewing. Many of the syrups that cafés use are available for purchase, which makes it easy to add your favorite coffee flavoring to any cup made at home.
This method is especially well-suited for group events. If you’re making coffee for a bunch of people, you can offer flavoring syrup to whoever would like it – and anyone that wants plain coffee can keep theirs unflavored. Plus, even if you’re only offering one pot to the group, each person can choose the specific flavor they want.
5. Use a Favorite Spirit
If you know how to flavor coffee with spirits, you can enjoy an adult cup of coffee that’s truly unique. Just pour your spirit of choice on the beans and let them sit for a while. Scotch, rum, tequila, and many other spirits work well and taste great, too.
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Once you learn how to flavor your coffee, you can enjoy an endless array of delicious beverages throughout the week. So, have some fun experimenting to see what fits your personal taste.
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