Something about fall makes us crave hot coffee and comforting flavors, whether it’s a hazelnut-flavored brew or, you guessed it, a pumpkin spice latte. But visiting the corner coffee shop every day to get your flavor fix is an easy way to overspend on coffee (and, if you forget your reusable stainless steel travel mug, contribute to several environmental issues).
Being the brewmasters that we are, we took this issue behind the counter to figure out how you can make your own flavored coffee at home. It’s an easy, cost-effective way to upgrade your coffee — here’s how.
Stock up on a variety of pure extracts to have flavored coffee at your fingertips (or, you know, at your coffee maker). Chocolate extract means luxurious at-home mochas; vanilla extract gives you a sweet taste; peppermint extract is perfect for the holiday season (especially when mixed with chocolate extract). Other ideas? Almond, hazelnut, coconut, raspberry, maple, and orange extracts can be used on their own or in combination (coconut-almond, anyone?) for flavored coffee options to rival that of any major coffee chains.
Experiment with adding about 1 teaspoon of extract to the grounds of your drip coffee maker basket (just one drop of extract can pack a big flavor punch, so start small).
You know where we’re going with this. It is fall, after all.
Want the taste of fall in a cup? Add 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon, apple pie spice, or pumpkin pie spice to your coffee grounds. You can even make this in bulk too — add a couple of teaspoons to your bag of coffee grounds (or as you grind the beans) and shake to mix well.
Or, for a different way to make a mocha, add about ½ to 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to your coffee grounds and mix well. We love this combination around the holidays too.
You can even make your own twist on a chai latte, using cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, black pepper, and cloves. This might be best to mix in with your coffee in bulk, so that all the extra spices don’t clog up your coffee maker. Mmm, even just thinking about that combination makes us want to cozy up with a blanket and a book on the couch.
Homemade Coffee Creamer
Add a milky, velvety texture to your coffee with your own homemade coffee creamer (bonus: you’ll save money too). It’s a lot easier than you might think! All you have to do is whisk together a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk with 14 ounces of whole milk, and store it in the refrigerator; this is your base coffee creamer recipe. From there, you can add in various extracts, spices, or powders to make your own flavored coffee creamer.
Some ideas for you to try:
- Peppermint mocha: 1 tablespoon cocoa powder + ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract (add your homemade creamer and the cocoa powder to a sauce pan and simmer until the cocoa powder is dissolved)
- Vanilla bean: 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
- Hazelnut: 1-2 teaspoons hazelnut extract
- Toasted almond: 2 teaspoons almond extract
Combine with your batch of homemade coffee creamer, store in the fridge, and enjoy!
Now that your homemade coffee has an upgrade, make sure that your travel mug is upgraded too. Look for a vacuum insulated stainless steel travel mug that will keep your coffee hot for hours (bonus points if it’s spill-proof too). What’s your go-to coffee flavor?