For the lovers of coffee out there, you do not have to endure the monotony of brewing your coffee the same way always. This is because there are numerous additions you can use in your favorite drink to jerk its taste for an interesting experience. Luckily, it is possible that you already have most of these additives in your kitchen and they are known to boost the health benefits of the drink. Here is a look at 10 great additions for your coffee.
The idea of adding raw eggs in your coffee could feel odd. However, it’s a common practice in Sweden and Norway. They add eggs to their traditional brew which is referred to as Scandinavian egg coffee to make it clear. Consequently, such coffee is rich in proteins and could be the perfect breakfast when you are working hard to cut some pounds.
In case you have been to the Middle East, this doesn’t come as a surprise. They have always added cardamom into their traditional brew. This spice tones down the stimulating qualities of caffeine whilst giving the brew an exotic flavor. To fuse your cardamoms and coffee perfectly, grind your coffee beans and cardamom seeds together then brew in the usual way.
You can ditch cream and sugar for a healthier coffee cup flavored with cinnamon. When added to coffee, cinnamon makes the brew taste sweet. This way, you cut processed sugar intake and calories. In addition, cinnamon is useful for relieving congestion, improving digestive health and lowering blood sugar. You can use cinnamon sticks or powder when brewing.
A good alternative for dairy milk is coconut milk. If you are comfortable with the smell of coconut, its milk comes in handy when looking for a dairy-free latte treat. What’s more, you could combine coconut and vanilla extract to come up with a dairy-free creamer.
Other than depending on sugar and artificial creamers, a few drops of pure vanilla syrup will sweeten your cup. Vanilla has a calming effect and coffee has been found to boost the release of endorphins in the body. Adding vanilla to your coffee doesn’t just make it sweet, but the drink will also help your moods and cause you feel at ease.
A common German beverage called Eiskaffee uses coffee and ice cream. A scoop of ice cream atop your coffee will turn it into a dessert drink, a perfect caffeine fix for that hot summer day.
Perhaps you’ve already heard about it. The craze for using butter in coffee grew after one Dave Asprey invented the Bullet Proof coffee recipe. Grass fed butter provides a great boost of energy to keep you going for the rest of your day. Having such a drink in the morning will boost the caffeine buzz, help you cut calories and increase fat loss. You can also add coconut oil to this blend. In fact, this coffee blend can become a perfect replacement for your normal breakfast.
Craving for mocha? Add a dollop of cocoa to the cup and pour in your coffee brew. Cocoa not only twists the taste of your coffee but also comes with numerous health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants, can lower your chances of contracting the cardiovascular disease and boosts production of serotonin in the body.
With fresh mint leaves, you can prepare simple syrup to make your coffee taste great. The drink is even more exciting when you bring in a third flavor like vanilla to your mint syrup. For those who love iced coffee, this is a great choice of flavor to try.
Lemons have been used as food additives for ages. Their zesty flavor always leaves one feeling fresh whether appearing in cakes, cold beverages or tea. It is no doubt it can make a great combination for your coffee too. When added to your cup of Joe, it also helps reduce the bitter taste common with most strong brews of black coffee.
Do you love experimenting with coffee? I’m curious to know what other additions you have been using in your favorite drink.
Rudy Caretti has more than 15 years of experience in the coffee industry, a passion that started in Italy within the family business and brought him to found Gimoka Coffee UK with a group of friends, who share the same passion.
Since he roasted his first batch of coffee seeds as a teenager, he was fascinated by the many ways it can be processed to get the many different distinctive flavors we all love.
As a coffee connoisseur, Rudy has always been aware of the vital role played by coffee in most people’s social life and he is especially active through the company’s social media and blog. He loves sharing his knowledge with readers around the world, writing and posting articles that range from the coffee brewing techniques to raising awareness of the importance of responsible production to help protect the rights of farmers and protect the environment.