Who doesn’t love a nice big cup of flavored coffee. What if you could make your own flavored coffee at home? It’s more a treat than anything else. Most of the time I prefer it unsweetened and black; however there are days when I crave a coffee syrup or flavored coffee as a special treat. Flavored coffees and syrups can be expensive, which is why I learned to make homemade coffee flavors at home. One way you can make your own coffee flavors is with homemade coffee syrups. The base for flavored syrup is a standard simple syrup.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- vanilla beans
- desired flavor, pumpkin, cinnamon, etc.
To make this simple syrup, combine one cup of water with one cup of sugar and let it come to a boil. Reduce heat and stir until the sugar granules are completely dissolved.
Now it’s time to add your flavoring. To make vanilla syrup, simply add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the syrup. If you have vanilla beans on hand, you can use the inside scrapings or the actual remaining bean pod.
Another delicious flavored simple syrup for coffee is pumpkin! This is particularly wonderful to have on hand during the winter months. Again, just add a teaspoon of pumpkin extract, or if you can’t find it, a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. For a rich cinnamon simple syrup, use a teaspoon of cinnamon and replace your white sugar with brown sugar for an absolutely indulgent flavor.
To make homemade flavored coffee, purchase a bag of good whole coffee beans. When you grind them, add flavors of your choice. Try dried fruit and almonds in the coffee grinder. You can also grind coffee beans with cinnamon, pumpkin spice or cocoa beans. If you enjoy the taste of oranges, shave orange zest in to your ground coffee. Extracts can also be added to coffee beans when you grind them, giving you flavor options such as vanilla, anise, black walnut, butter rum, brandy or caramel.