Add natural spices in your coffee for a fall taste
By Jennifer Shaw
Living in Upstate New York, where our headquarters is, does have its advantages. The leaves have begun to change from that dark green to bright yellow, burnt orange and deep red. That means it’s time to trade in those iced coffee drinks for something to warm your insides (unless you're the kind of person who drinks iced coffee all year long).
While summer does offer a lot of fun, icy drinks, fall can be just as exciting with so many varieties of autumn-inspired flavors. Here are some of our favorite fall additives that give your coffee an extra kick.
Cinnamon is one of my favorites spices, I use it all year long. Coffee and cinnamon go together like cider and donuts, because the spicy sweetness of cinnamon expertly complements the bitter, nutty flavors of java. For those of you who want just a hint of cinnamon in your cuppa joe, store your beans or grounds with a couple of cinnamon sticks until the flavor has a chance to permeate. Want more intense spice? Mix powdered cinnamon with your coffee and let the combo sit for a day or two. The toughest part is the wait!
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Maple makes me giddy! Such a versatile substance with great flavor. If you don't mind a little sweetness in your coffee, you can simply add some pure maple syrup or maple sugar to your brew. For those who prefer to embrace the bitterness of your joe can instead mix a couple of teaspoons of maple extract to your whole beans before grinding and brewing. Who says syrup is just for pancakes?!
Pumpkin spice isn’t just for the holidays. Enjoy this wonderful flavor anytime! While you can buy a bag already flavored, it’s just as easy to make the perfect cup of coffee to go with your pie, right at home. Here's how to do it.
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Dunno about you, I’m nuts for almonds but feel like they are often underrated. To make your own almond flavored coffee, you can grind some toasted nuts to a fine powder and add them to your beans or grounds, but his may end up clogging the filter (never a good way to start your day!). You may have more success by simply adding a teaspoon of almond extract to your beans.
Ah, luscious caramel! Another sweet addition from baked goods to beverages. Many people are hesitant to make this thick, liquid gold. Fear not, making caramel is super simple: Just heat sugar and water until it turns into a nice golden brown. You can either add the warm syrup to your java, or, if it hardens, break it up into pieces and let the candies melt in your cup. Add a dollop (or two) of whipped cream to make it even more decadent!
Because coffee is great on its own but way better when accompanied by something sweet and carb-heavy, we think you might want to have some donuts, pie or even cake close by to go along with your favorite autumnal beverage.
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