10 Ways to Flavor Coffee Without Buying Flavored Coffee
Do you love a little extra kick in your coffee? Flavored coffees have been popular for a few decades now, and they just get more and more popular. Unless you’re content with the traditional staples though – Hazelnut and Vanilla – flavored coffees are also expensive. If you’re not willing to lay out $2 for a tiny packet of coffee that will make ONE pot, you’re not doomed to a skimpy choice of two different flavors. There are lots of ways to flavor your coffee without buying flavored coffee.
Here’s How You Can Flavor Your Coffee At Home
- Make your own vanilla coffee by storing whole coffee beans in an airtight can with a couple of vanilla pods. Coffee beans are extremely absorbent and will pick up the vanilla flavor practically overnight. The longer it’s stored, the more intense the vanilla flavor will be.
- Prefer cinnamon? Lightly scrape a couple of pieces of stick cinnamon and bury them in an airtight can of coffee beans. Grind as needed. Of course, you can do the same thing with a can of ground coffee, but fresh ground is so much better.
- Invest in a tin of Flavour Creations. The tiny sugar-free tablets pack a powerful punch of pure flavor in several different varieties, including Almond Amaretto, Cinnamon Pecan, Dutch Chocolate, English Toffee, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Irish Creme and White Chocolate Raspberry. They cost about $2 for a tin of 48 tablets, and work just fine on hot or cold coffee.
- For a delicious taste treat, add dried orange peels to a can of coffee and let the coffee soak up the flavor. After you brew it, add a spoonful of chocolate powder and enjoy a decadent orange chocolate coffee.
- Use flavored syrup to flavor brewed coffee. There are a number of different brands on the market, including Torani, which is used at many gourmet coffee shops and comes in 80 different sugar-sweetened flavors and 30 sugar-free syrups. You can find it online for as little as $2.50 a bottle.
- For a sweet after-dinner treat, try maple cream coffee. Brew a pot of coffee. While it’s brewing, heat one cup of half-and-half with one-third cup of maple syrup, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and two cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan. Don’t let it boil. Blend with coffee half and half, or use it as you would a coffee creamer.
- You can also make your own coffee blends in a blender. Start with ground coffee in the blender. As you blend, add flavorings, scraping down the sides of the container to mix well. Try grated lemon peel or orange peel, vanilla or rum flavoring, or cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Store the coffee in a covered jar in the refrigerator.
- Blend up some flavored coffee creamer to keep on hand. Mix 2 cups of powdered coffee creamer with two cups of powdered chocolate drink mix,”cup of powdered sugar, three-fourths a teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg. Add one or two teaspoons to hot brewed coffee.
- Add a half teaspoon of anise seeds and a half teaspoon of cardamom seeds to enough coffee beans for one pot of coffee. Grind for drip grind or finer. Brew coffee to make spicy Indian coffee.
- Try adding a few drops of your favorite flavor extract to a brewed cup of coffee. Some especially good choices: rum extract, vanilla extract, orange or lemon extract, maple extract or anise extract.