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Not Your Average Joe: Five Spices to Add to Coffee

December 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous

If you’re getting a little burned out by the taste of your morning cup of java, here’s a little treat for you – you can actually mix spices into your coffee grounds to change the flavor of your brew. These subtle additions can make a big difference, and once you try spicing your coffee you might never want to go back to plain.

  • Cinnamon is a popular spice for coffee, especially in Latin American countries. Just a tiny pinch will add a bounty of flavor to your cup, and it blends well with espresso drinks such as mochas.
  • Cardamom is an Indian herb that adds a licorice taste to your coffee. It’s also very potent, so you only want to use a little bit, but it’s great for getting rid of a little of the natural bitterness of the coffee bean and replacing it with a more inviting flavor.
  • Dried orange rind is an unusual addition to a coffee cup, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. The acidity of the citrus blends well with the acidity of the coffee, making for a richer and more complex flavor profile.
  • Allspice is an uncommon addition to a cup of coffee, but actually works remarkably well. The tart, complex flavor is great for adding a little touch of winter warmth to a morning cup of java.
  • Finally, consider sweetening your cup of coffee with honey instead of sugar in the morning. The more complex, flowery flavors of artisanal honey are a great companion to coffee with milk.

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