Adding Spices To Coffee


I see that I came up on someone’s search that said, “adding spices to coffee”; so I decided to write a little about what I do in that area. Those search terms picked up my, “More Food” which was the post about my Asparagus and Corn Recipe.

First of all, the absolutely best coffee is, by far, perked! You younger whipper snappers will not even know what I’m talking about! It’s called “progress”. Alas, I also have a coffee maker because I need to be quick in the mornings with getting the coffee out and love the programming feature of the automatic drips. I started adding spices to coffee well before these specialized coffees came out in the supermarkets. My favorite is grating fresh nutmeg into either my cup or with the grinds in the basket, though I do others, as well.

Another little special thing I do is add honey in place of sugar. Before I get into this any further, I must state “DIABETICS BEWARE”. Using honey is just as bad as eating sugar right out of the sugar bowl. I read this book one time on back water medicine that talked a lot about remedies containing apple cider vinegar and honey. At that time, I was really turned off by white sugar, so it seemed natural for me to use honey. At first, the taste was strange to me, but I liked it. Another factor that affects taste is the kind of honey you buy. If you look on the label, you will see a little blurb about what type of flower the bees were getting their pollen from. I started with NJ Wildflower Honey from a particular place called “Cheesequake Farms”; but then I went to another place and got honey labeled the same way and the taste was far different. Also, you can see that different honeys have varying colors, or hues to them. The darker ones have a more intense flavor than the light ones… kind of logical. In the supermarkets the most you see is clover honey that is “okay”, but once you start being aware of the differences out there, you just might want to try others. I would suggest paying that extra money for what they sell on those farm produce stands.

Getting honey with a bit of cone in it is great, too. I read that chewing on the cone can relieve sinus symptoms. My nephew did corroborate on this after he tried it. Another consideration before consuming a lot of honey, as I had when drinking at least 3 cups of coffee a day at work, is that honey is a great bowel regulator, though consuming a lot of it might give you diarrhea. I started using honey as a bowel regulator. I mean, you will GO the very next day and it’s a normal, natural “GO”. Since I am in danger of getting diabetes, however, I have stopped using it like that. Keep in mind that honey is pure sugar, though, it’s predigested so the body does not have to work as hard digesting honey as it does for white sugar.  Ah, I remember a special person once telling me that honey was actually bee excrement!  Well, that might turn some people off, but not me.  If you look at it, technically, it IS excrement, but not in the sense that we know.  After all, honey is what bees feed to their babies developing in the egg chambers of their hives.  Special honey, called royal jelly is given to the eggs destined to be queens.

Another thing you can do with coffee is add a teaspoon of cocoa to it and get mocha. I was definitely doing this LONG before it came out commercially. I loved cocoa and wanted to blend the two and got a bit of heaven right there on my counter. Try adding a bit of orange extract to it… if not with the coffee, definitely put it in hot chocolate. Chocolate and orange a marriage made in heaven. I even have a basic hot chocolate recipe of my own doing for people wanting to get the perfect hot chocolate, but without the time or the incentive to stand at the stove, attending to a proper hot chocolate recipe.

In a mug, mix a tablespoon or so of baking cocoa, preferably dutch processed, and equal amount of powdered coffeemate. Emulsify with a bit of hot water. Once this is done, add in milk and sugar, stirring. Microwave until piping hot. Ta da! To really get that chocolaty flavor, add a teensy pinch of salt. This recipe leaves plenty of room for experimentation. Add a little bit of something here and there. I’ve also added a teaspoon of instant coffee for that mocha taste. Better get with it now and perfect your own special cup before the cold winter sets in. I have special gigantic mugs to accommodate my lust for chocolate… ah!

If you don’t have much imagination, but love to try different flavors, you might want to try out International Gourmet or Coffeemate liquid creamers. I love the current Pumpkin Spice that is out in both brands. Very expensive, however, and after I am finished with what I have, I will just add my own spices to get the same flavor. Plus, if you really like the coffeemate creamers, getting the plain one is almost a dollar cheaper than the flavored ones. Something I was doing for awhile was getting actual cream to lighten my coffee. That is a real treat for the holidays. I use the heavy cream to get that really creamy taste, while actually using less product.

Another thing I put in coffee is dark brown sugar. That is a flavorful kick if I ever tasted one. I suppose you can use light brown sugar, too, but remember, I always go for the “darkest” possible offering of a product. Brown sugar… or even molasses… Yes, I’ve used molasses and it’s another heavenly flavor for coffee. Have you ever tried mixing coffee and tea together in the same cup? Another nice change, but not for the squeamish. Nothing bad or bad tasting about it, it’s just the “thought of it” that would deter some people.

Yep, I’ve tried a lot of things in coffee, but never soy sauce!

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I am a wife and mother of an amazing eight year old boy. When school starts, I don the hat of “advocate”. This is very new to me and so, like everything else in my life right now, a necessary transition. I can see already that I will be honing my communication skills as well as sharpening my assertiveness. I am married to an amazing man, who, spoils me to no end. Not in a material way... NO I'm wrong. When he can, he does spoil me materially as he is well acquainted with my infatuation and love all electronic gadgets. I am a self professed EGG, “Electronic Gadget Groupie.” The most important way he spoils me is with taking over attending to our son's needs. My eye has always been caught by sparkly things, the beautiful, and the unique.

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2006 ~, in Food/Health Related, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I’ve been drinking boring coffee lately- time to spice it up! I think that the nutmeg and orange extract sound great.

  2. Thank you this has been very helpful

    Honey is mentioned in God’s word the bible a few times:

    Proverbs 24:13 My son, eat honey, for it is good; and let sweet comb honey be upon your palate. 14 In the same way, do know wisdom for your soul. If you have found [it], then there exists a future, and your own hope will not be cut off.

    It also says:
    Proverbs 25:27 The eating of too much honey is not good; and for people to search out their own glory, is it glory?
    28 As a city broken through, without a wall, is the man that has no restraint for his spirit.

  3. Thank you very much, Rosa…. and thank YOU for the bible quotes. I will go back and read them.

  4. Nice article, thanks for sharing! Do you know of other spices that go well in coffee, though? When I was in East Africa, there were two ways to get coffee– bitter, which was basically black and strong, and “sweet”– which was actually kind of spicy and flavored either with ginger or cinnamon.

    I will try the nutmeg, but I’m trying to develop a nice menu of options for myself in terms of spices. I never learned exactly how the Kenyans prepared the “sweet” coffee, but I miss being able to order it that way. Will let you know if I ever figure out how to replicate it!

    • Hi Carol… Thanks for commenting. Yes! Please let me know how that works out. Recently, I’ve been cutting back on caffeine so I don’t drink as much coffee, but I still love to experiment with it. I am thinking that freshly ground anise might add something nice to coffee. I used it yesterday in a cake and it’s pretty refreshing. I have not used it in coffee lately, but I’ll let you know how I like it. I’ve also just discovered the nectar of the Blue Agave plant. It’s of a honey consistency and very sweet, but I read that it does not spike your blood sugar levels; which would be of interest to diabetics. One level tsp. per cup is plenty. Once I learn more of it, and experimented with it, I’ll probably write a post as it’d be pretty important news to many.

      The best way to discover new spices (without breaking the bank) is to get one or two new ones per paycheck and just try them out. Another way to discover new spices is to read the ingredients of foods you like to eat, then check out some of the individual ones found there. Check out an herb book from the library and read up on their properties before purchasing. I am dying to try out Saffron. Very expensive for such a little bit, but from what I’ve heard, it’s worth it. One of these days I’m going to take the plunge.

  5. Very very interesting reading!! Must try some of them!!

  6. have you ever used hot chilies in any way in your coffee. I know someone who loves very got spicy food and was wondering about heat in coffee. I myself don’t like coffee so can’t experiment.

    • If you like hot chocolate, I’ll bet that experimenting with heat in that would be very nice. For myself, I love hot and spicy, but it doesn’t like me anymore, so I refrain from it. I think the chillies would go over nice in coffee, but especially with chocolate or mocho flavors. I’ve used cayenne pepper powder in sweet things and really liked it. Last time most recently was the homemade cranberry sauce this past Thanksgiving. Mixed that and processed pineapples into the sauce and I love how that tastes, but don’t eat very much of it. I’ve heard that cayenne pepper is not supposed to affect your stomach like the other peppers… but again, that’s just something I heard.

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