Tired of paying for the overpriced flavored coffee, or maybe you’re just tried of standing in line behind the guy ordering up a half and half everything who’s not sure if he wants that shot of espresso? Whatever your reason, adding common spices that you already have in your kitchen is a great way to take your cup of bulk coffee to the next level.
Spices of all kinds, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, nutmeg etc., can add a great deal of flavor at almost no extra cost, not to mention that you’ll never again be measuring out your creamer to be sure you stay in the appropriate calorie range. So if your ready for something a little bit different for your morning routine, then it’s time to spice up that coffee.
Cinnamon: A touch of cinnamon into your cup is a great way to start the day, or you might want to be a little bolder and add it to your grounds before brewing. Not only will it add a touch of sweetness, you’ll be in an aromatic Christmas wonderland long before the first drop hits your tongue. You’ll want to adjust the amount according to your taste, but if your not sure then grab a couple of cinnamon sticks to use as a stirrer to get the taste to you liking.
Nutmeg: It adds that touch of spicy and nutty to your coffee. You’re probably already sprinkling it onto of iced coffees on a regular basis anyway, so why not try limiting your whipped cream mustache and go right for the cup?
Cocoa: Don’t be afraid to go for a mocha taste. A pinch, an absolute, not more than a pinch, will help to pull out a more chocolate like flavor and bring your coffee up to a whole new level.
Pumpkin Spice: No one is going to complain about the smells of thanksgiving. Pumpkin Spice is the same way. It might not suit all taste, but the smell is unforgettable. You’ll probably want to go for a touch of cream here and let the sugar be optional, but the taste is unforgettable.
Vanilla: Bean or extract, the choice is yours, but vanilla is a base in almost every type of coffee flavor known to man. It can be a little on the pricey side so be cautious, and you may even want to throw it it with beans to be ground if the extract method doesn’t do it for you. But either way, vanilla will quickly become one of your coffee mainstays.
Caution to the Wise:
1. Spices can be strong, so if your trying to replicate the same taste day in day out, go for dried and extracts.
2. Fresh extracts leave a taste in your grinder so either grind them up in a processor or know that the beans themselves will be coming at you with more flavor than you anticipated.
3. Coffee matters when it comes to taste. The stronger the roast, the less the spices will stand out. So, you’ll want to take some time to experiment and know that not all coffees are going to come out the same when you brew them up.
4.Use filtered water. It doesn’t need to come from a bottle, but if your tap water has that iron taste or a something you can’t quite define, then get a cheap filter and let your water mellow out a bit. Not only will be you able to appreciate the tastes of your beans even more, but your flavors will stand out even better on nothing but their own merit.