If you’re not a coffee purist, but you don’t mind adding an extra ingredient to a delicious brew, you might consider adding nutmeg for a different taste. This warming and delicious spice from the inner seeds of nutmeg trees are invading the coffee scene as more and more coffee fanatics add it to their favorite blends.
What is nutmeg?
Scientifically known as Myristica fragrans, it naturally grows in Indonesia, Malaysia, and in southern India. Seeds are sundried for almost 8 weeks and stored in an airtight container to maintain their freshness for six months or more. To use, grate or mill the seeds to a rough powder form. It is so potent that you only need a small amount for a strongly flavored coffee.
Why Do We Put Nutment in Our Coffees?
Black coffee is an all-time favorite, but a lot of us love it even more with additional spices. Nutmeg adds flavor to your coffee, makes it more interesting and provides an exotic treat to your taste buds. It gives a hint of earthiness and a slightly sweet smell to your favorite coffee.
Is Nutmeg Healthy?
Quantity does matter when adding spices to your beverages. When used in large quantity (two teaspoons or more) nutmeg can cause serious toxicity. You may experience the following symptoms:
- abdominal pain
- dry mouth
- high blood pressure
- increased heart rate
Simply put, you would need to ingest a very large amount of nutmeg before the symptoms to occur if you drink coffee with nutmeg in it. When you’re flavoring foods, toxicity is highly unlikely to occur and it is considered harmless. Just keep it away from children, or those who would deliberately use it for its psychoactive effects.
Coffee Nutmeg Recipes
The simplest way to enjoy this flavorful spice is to add it to your favorite coffee beans, grind it and brew it together. But, if you love going beyond your comfort zone, here’s a unique coffee combination for a defying coffee nutmeg experience!
Vanilla Nutmeg Coffee. You’ll need coarsely chopped vanilla bean, two cinnamon sticks, half cup of pre-grounded coffee beans and 3/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.
- Put the coffee grounds in the filter basket, add the vanilla bean and grind.
- Brew the cinnamon sticks in the coffee pot, with 6 cups of water.
- Let it stand for at least five minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks.
Now, you can enjoy your spiced up coffee!
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.