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4 ways to add flavor to your coffee before you brew it

How can you add flavor to your coffee grounds before you brew? 

When it comes to flavored coffee, you’re either sitting back making excuses for how the added flavors are just a way of covering up the natural flavors of coffee or you’re indulging in that gingerbread latte mid-December. I’m not choosing sides, but I’m just saying, there’s something to be said for that Pumpkin Spiced Latte on a crisp Autumn morning and that blueberry iced coffee hitting the spot every July.

Most traditionally flavored coffee beans are a result of flavoring oils that are spritzed and mixed with the beans after the roasting process. These aren’t just any oils, though. At times, certain flavors require nearly 100 different compounds to achieve the desired taste! Typically, coffee flavoring oils are made up of both natural and synthetic flavor chemicals and we have professional flavor chemists to thank for brewing up these magical potions

Health and fitness are on the rise, so naturally, we’re all on the hunt for a healthier, natural alternative way of getting the flavor kick we crave. Let’s let the dirty little secrets pour out.

Here are a few ways you can add flavor to your coffee.

1. Add spices directly to your coffee grounds.

This is easy, simple and nearly calorie-free! Spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg can be sprinkled directly over the fresh grounds in your brewer. As hot water is filtered through the grounds, the flavor of the spices will be extracted into your cup.

2. Spice up your beans’ life! 

Store your coffee beans with whole spices. Mix your favorite spices into the beans. (whole nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon sticks, etc.) By doing this, the spices will gradually infuse directly into the beans. The longer you keep them mixed together, the more pronounced the flavor will be.

3. Add coffee oils to your beans.

As stated above, most flavor chemists mix up coffee oils. Just the same, with any flavoring oil you may have, give your beans a light shower and let them soak before grinding them. The longer they sit, the stronger the flavor will be.

4. Get a little frisky, add a little whiskey.

Pour your favorite bourbon into a jar and add your coffee beans! Shake well, place in a cool, dark place for about 24 hours, and brew that sh*t up. Nothin’ like whiskey without a hangover.

Are you the spicy, kick in the pants hot toddy coffee drinker? Or do you like a calming, comforting warm vanilla brew? Tell me, what’s your flavor?  

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