Learning how to flavor coffee grounds is quick, fast and easy!
…and best of all, literally calorie and sugar-free and very natural when you do it in the best and, well, most natural way. Better still, you can easily and effortlessly make flavored coffee with all of your favorite flavors and have a truly amazing cup of coffee.
You can flavor your coffee grounds with chocolate, cocoa, lavender, hazelnut, coconut, ginger, star anise, pumpkin pie spice or any other spice and a range of other delicious flavors for an absolutely amazing coffee.
Keep reading to find out just how easy it truly is.
Healthy Ways To Flavor Coffee
It is, in my opinion, very important to find healthy ways to flavor coffee as it is one of the first drinks that you have in the morning – probably every morning. Thus, I am not a fan at all of using coffee flavoring oils as a means of adding flavor to coffee.
I will cover the topic of using such oils as a matter of balance for those that may wish to do so.
If you are seeking healthy ways to bring delicious flavors to your morning coffee, then you may skip over the next section.
Read: How do they flavor coffee beans?
How To Flavor Coffee Beans With Oil
There are hundreds of different coffee flavoring oils that you can use to flavor your coffee beans. The flavors range from literally anything you can think of, from Amaretto, Pecan Pie, light coconut flavor to popular coffee flavors you will find in Starbucks.
Due to the use of oils, unless natural oils are used you can be assured of chemical-ridden flavored coffee.
The technique is as simple as it is effortless. Take one to three teaspoons of the flavored oils per pound (450g (more or less)) of freshly roasted coffee beans.
Toss your coffee beans well for two minutes and then let them sit for half an hour to and an hour. The longer you leave your beans to sit in the oil, the stronger the flavoring will be.
Be careful to read the manufacturer’s instructions for the coffee flavoring oil as concentrations may vary.
Read: Is there sugar in flavored coffee?
How To Infuse Coffee Beans With Vanilla Extract
You can infuse your coffee beans with vanilla extract by using flavored oil and using the technique described above.
there is no reason why you would not want to make a much better and healthier option for your morning brew and enjoy the benefit it brings to your health by not using the chemical approach of using manufactured non-natural oils or using an extract. Vanilla coffee is so easy to make by using the real thing.
With vanilla beans, organic if you can find them. Simply cut them and put them in an airtight coffee cannister with a one way valve with your freshly roasted coffee beans.
Keep them there for 24 hours to 48 hours. I suggest that you test after 24 hours and make a coffee with some freshly ground beans and test for flavor. If the vanilla flavoring is not strong enough, you can try again in another 24 hours.
48 hours should be enough time. Once your desired level of vanilla taste has been reached, remove the vanilla beans and store in your coffee canister.
The longer your coffee is in contact with, and in the environment of the vanilla beans, or whatever spice or flavoring you have added, the more it’s taste will be absorbed by your coffee beans.
The best flavored coffee is made this way and does help to ease and remove the bitterness of coffee and thus, a requirement for less sugar in your morning cup of coffee.
Cinnamon In Coffee Grounds
To flavor your coffee with cinnamon is very easy. You have two options, both of which are very healthy and do not end up with that yuckie clump of cinnamon in your coffee.
Very little equipment is needed that you don’t already have — a coffee maker, a simple drip coffee maker or pour over is fine too. A coffee filter and, of course, some coffee grounds and some cinnamon.
The process is so easy and simple. Put some cinnamon in with your coffee ground and make your coffee as you regularly would. The flavor simply seeps through while it is being brewed with the filter stopping the cinnamon from physically getting into your coffee.
You can also make coffee with non-soluble or semi-soluble chocolate or cocoa powder with coffee in this way. With both, chocolate and cinnamon here, you can make a whole pot of coffee easily using this method.
The other method.
This is just as easy and makes cups of coffee that are just as delicious. This alternate method simply involves using some raw and natural cinnamon sticks. Chop them up and put them in an airtight coffee canister with a one-way valve with your freshly roasted coffee beans.
Keep them there in the canister for 24 to 48 hours. Make a test cup of coffee with the beans to find out if you have strong enough a taste of cinnamon. If and when you do, remove the cinnamon from the coffee canister and store your beans well.
This is the better, in my opinion, most convenient way of making cinnamon-flavored beans. However, little to no health benefits of cinnamon will get into your cup of coffee. If the health benefits of cinnamon are what you want to add it for, then use the first option.
What To Add To Coffee For Energy
If the caffeine is not doing the job for you, then there are some things you can add to your morning brew to make amazing coffee that has a bit more of an energy kick, and a healthy energy boost.
- Coconut oil: good natural cold-pressed extra virgin organic coconut oil is by far the best. Coconut oil is full of healthy fats that are easy for your body to absorb and is a fast, easy-to-use energy source for your body.
- Cacao: Adding cacao powder to your daily coffee is great for boosting your energy and flow of happy brain chemicals and hormones like endorphins and dopamine. A great start to the day. Just for clarity, I am not talking about chocolate at all. Cacao powder is chocolate before the sugar is added.
- Cinnamon: I’ve already shown you above how to make cinnamon coffee. Use method one above to benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties. If you have sore joints or general stiffness when waking up.
- Egg coffee: one of my favorites and I would make a whole pot of coffee like this if I could. I’m talking about Vietnamese Café Trung, their famous egg coffee which is not only taste, it is very healthy and energy boosting with cacao, and protein from the egg. Of course, plenty of caffeine.
- Cardamon: This is a spice you can sprinkle into your coffee grounds to flavor your coffee grounds and make using the same method as described above in the cinnamon coffee. Cardamom has been proven to increase your circulation, which will have an energy boosting effect.
- Cayenne Powder: Spicy and will definitely wake up your taste buds and you too in the process! In my coffee I did not enjoy it so much. It works well with dark chocolate and gives very contrasting flavors.
Frequently Asked Questions About How To Flavor Coffee Grounds
What Can I Add To My Coffee Grounds To Add Flavor?
You can add anything you want to your coffee. All those great spices that you use when baking are all good with coffee. Cloves, allspice, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, star anise are all great options.
Can You Put Vanilla Extract In Coffee Grounds?
Yes, you can add vanilla extract to your coffee grounds. Doing so will add a sweet and smooth taste to your cup of coffee.
Rather than adding vanilla extract, why not buy a fresh vanilla pod, slice it and add it to your coffee canister and let the flavor of your vanilla pod be taken on by your ground coffee and get more naturally flavored grounds.
How Much Vanilla Extract Should I Put In My Coffee?
If you want to add vanilla extract to your cup of coffee, use 1/4 of a teaspoon for a whole pot of coffee. Taste a drop first to get an idea of how strong the vanilla extract is.
How Do You Add Spices To Coffee?
There are two ways of adding spices to your coffee. The easiest way is to sprinkle your ground spices right in to your coffee grounds and brew you coffee.
A fresher and better way is to add the spices to your coffee beans or coffee grounds and leave them there for short while in your coffee canister to absorb the flavor and aroma of the spice. Don’t forget to remove them later as they will continue to absorb the flavor and become too strong.
What Does Adding Cinnamon To Coffee Grounds Do?
Cinnamon when added to coffee gives you a nice extra boost of energy and helps to stabilize your blood sugar levels, which aids in the prevention of an energy crash.
How Much Cinnamon Should I Put In My Coffee Grounds?
As a rule of thumb 1 gram of ground cinnamon, 1/4 of a teaspoon per 8 ounce (240 ml) cup of coffee is an ideal amount to use.
Frappé-Ing It All Up – How To Flavor Coffee Grounds
How to flavor coffee grounds is easy, very easy. It is very rare that you need to flavor the grounds themselves. You are far better, and it is far easier to flavor the coffee beans. When you grind them, you have flavored coffee grounds.
You can add a wide range of spices to your coffee grounds while you are drip brewing or pour over brewing for healthy flavored coffee.
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