While there are many coffee purists who advocate and stand by black, black and black, it cannot be denied that adding a new extra ingredient to your cup of coffee once in a while provides a welcomed change. We have compiled several different and unique ways to flavor your coffee.
Different Ways to Flavor Coffee
Even though some of those might seem a bit outside of the ordinary, we encourage you to try them!
Yes! You read it right, a raw egg. Mixing a raw egg as part of making your coffee may not be the most appealing idea. Scandinavian egg coffee is, however, a popular traditional coffee brewing method originally practiced in Norway and Sweden. It’s now also gaining ground in the American Midwest. Why should you add an egg to your coffee? It clarifies your coffee, leaving behind a perfectly colored drink that has nil sediment.
A common household spice, Clove seems tailored made for your cup of coffee. Using this flavor combo goes back several decades. It gives your drink a classic, very musky, leather couch vibe. If you normally buy the spice whole, simply use a handy coffee grinder before you put the clove into your coffee grounds.
Chocolate will melt slowly into your coffee. As it does so, it will be emitting those wonderful flavors of sugar and cocoa. Once you finish drinking your coffee, you can go ahead and consume the remaining mix like syrup. The combination of chocolate and coffee will ensure you have a happy day. After all, that’s what chocolate does.
This is commonly added spice to coffee especially in the Middle East. It gives your coffee an amazing and exotic flavor. Cardamom is an Ayurvedic medicine known to help in neutralizing the stimulating and strong effects of caffeine. Simply sprinkle a pinch or two into the cup of coffee. You can also add a few cardamom seeds before grinding the coffee beans for brewing.
Cardamom is known to help control cholesterol, improve blood circulation, cure dental diseases, and help with infections like gonorrhea.
Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL)
Even though Pumpkin Spice Latte is relatively new and can cause a big dent on your wallet, as it’s mostly available in commercial outlets, it’s being seen as a good coffee flavoring option. You can also make it at home to save money and also be in control of how much sugar goes into your cup of coffee. If no pumpkin pie spice is available at home, mix 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, mace, ½ teaspoon ground allspice and 2 teaspoons ground ginger to make a homemade PSL.
While many might not like the idea of a shot in their morning cup of coffee, adding a small measure of alcohol to coffee is not new. For example, the classic Irish coffee is well-known and in Sweden, they even have a coffee drinking method they call “kaffegök” or “kaffekask”. This entails adding some strong distilled liquor such as vodka.
This type of booze-flavored coffee is also referred to as Russian Coffee by some people. Whatever it’s called in different parts of the world, it cannot be denied that a spiked drink is certain to put a spin on your standard drink.
This may not be the choice of many. But if you like licorice this may just be your perfect choice. When you blend star anise with high-quality coffee beans, the flavor you get is truly unique.
But take care not to over do it otherwise you might spoil your cup of Joe. For a single cup, a half a pod is adequate. Adding too much of the licorice-like flavor is likely to overpower your coffee.
Coffee and cocoa powder makes an incredible combination as you get the normal jolt of caffeine but with the sweetness associated with cocoa. You are essentially creating a mocha concoction.
The blend also comes with several health benefits as the cocoa flavanols are good for your blood pressure and boost the functioning of the blood vessels thus helping in fighting cardiovascular diseases. Cocoa, according to one study, has anti-inflammatory benefits, beneficial for blood platelet function and insulin resistance.
Ever considered throwing a scoop of ice cream into your cup of Joe? This will, however, turn the coffee into something like a dessert drink, but when drank on a warm day it might be what you are looking for. In Germany, there’s even a drink called Eiskaffee, a blended drink made using ice cream and coffee.
Salt is considered a good addition to your coffee as it softens the bitterness. Some people prefer adding it directly to their coffee grounds prior too brewing. Salt is an awesome addition to your cold brew as it helps in maximizing the flavor of your cold coffee.
We all love a cup of coffee but at times, it may become dull and routine. With the above unique ways of flavoring your coffee, you will have given your cup of Joe a new twist. Yes, coffee is not simply sugar and creamer! Get innovative and bold with any of the above flavors.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.
What to add to black coffee to make it taste better?
Typically, adding sugar and cream/milk is a good way to improve the taste of your coffee (and up your calorie intake). Adding syrups and flavoring is also popular – like adding a few pumps of vanilla syrup to your latte in Starbucks. You can also try adding a pinch of salt to reduce bitterness or making a bulletproof coffee with butter. If your black coffee really doesn’t taste good without adding ingredients, you might also want to try using a different brewing method or higher quality coffee.
What flavors go well with coffee?
Flavors that add creamy, sweet notes tend to go well with coffee as they enhance the rich flavor and dull the bitter notes. Vanilla, chocolate, caramel, nuts, and coconut go particularly well with coffee flavors.
How can I flavor coffee grounds at home?
You can infuse your coffee grounds with dry flavorings – like adding a cinnamon stick or star anise to infuse with your coffee grinds in their container. You could also try adding oils to the grounds shortly before you brew them – but avoid adding any liquid flavoring before hand as you want to keep your grounds dry so they don’t start to extract before you’re ready or grow moldy in storage.