The Easiest Way to Coffee Nirvana? 🤔 Here Are 6 Ways!


Coffee talk real talk... To say that I love coffee is an understatement. It is by far one of my favorite ways to start the day as I’m sure it is for many of you. I love the whole brewing coffee ritual and helps me get in the right mindset in the morning. Want to know the easiest way to coffee nirvana? There are some things to add to your coffee grounds that can improve the flavor and alter the whole coffee drinking experience you might want to try.

I am sure you all probably have a few favorite things to add to your coffee, or maybe, just one that works for you, day in and day out. Some people take their coffee straight up black, while others like myself, prefer to “dress” them up a bit. Whatever the case, there are some amazing things to add to your coffee that you may not have tried yet.

Artificially flavored coffee is always the least suitable option since many contain chemicals, dyes, and who knows what else. Instead, opt for some of these more natural things to add to your coffee. Just add the ingredients straight into the grounds before brewing and BOOM, you’re done!


Cinnamon is one of the most delicious things to add to your coffee grounds I’d suggest you try.It gives your coffee a lovely fall-like flavor for no calories or sugar. It’s also an excellent way to stabilize your blood sugar since cinnamon is high in the mineral chromium that aids in blood sugar management. (Cinnamon and coffee combo here!)

TRY THIS: Bulletproof Coffee recipe: 12oz brewed coffee + 1 tbsp Ghee + 1 tbsp Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil; blend, pour, and enjoy!

Vanilla Bean or Extract

If you have real vanilla beans at home, open one up to expose the vanilla beans inside the pod and add those to your grounds. You can also just use vanilla extract (about a teaspoon) to make things easier.

Try this combo: Vanilla + Cinnamon for a downright delicious snickerdoodle taste!

Cacao Powder

Cacao powder with coffee grounds is one of the best combinations to try. It’s like a homemade mocha in your morning cup. Just add about one teaspoon of ground cacao to your coffee before brewing. You can also use roasted cacao nibs, and brew those with your regular coffee grounds.


Ahh! There is something so delicious about mint and coffee. Philz Coffee has sure made a downright delicious combo featuring mint. You can make your own by using peppermint oil extract or fresh mint leaves in your coffee grounds. Just a little bit, though; peppermint is incredibly strong and may be too overwhelming in high amounts.

Try this combo: Cacao + Mint... it's so delicious and will remind you of a thin mint or mint-chocolate chip ice cream!


For a Mexican-inspired spiced coffee, add a dash of cayenne pepper to your grounds before brewing. The heat from the peppers can give you an extra pep in your step. Just a little, cayenne goes a very long and strong way!

Try this combo: Cayenne + Cacao + Cinamon for those Mexican hot chocolate taste!


Like gingerbread or gingersnaps? Add a few slices of real ginger root or dried ginger powder to your coffee grounds. In just minutes you’ll have a delicious ginger-flavored coffee that might also make it easier on your stomach since ginger is a natural digestive aid.

Try this combo: Ginger + Vanilla + Cinnamon for a gingersnap experience!

And if you like your coffee on the sweeter side, I recommend using stevia drops coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is very low on the glycemic index, and it’s also a good way to get a brown sugar flavor for fewer calories. It’s also much more nutritious since it’s unrefined.Just a teaspoon is all you need.

Superfood Mint Mojito Iceed Coffee - Philz Healthy Bae


One word:  Philz. If you're from the Bay Area you know exactly what I'm talking about! 😉 Anddd... I could use this coffee right about now.

Since moving to Portland from San Francisco/Silicon Valley, there isn't too much I miss. Philz Mint Mojito Iceed Coffee, is one of them. Minty, creamy, sweet, frothy, and so tucking delicious! 🤤

I tried recreating this smooth coffee using superfoods, and it turned out really good. It isn't exactly Philz, but it is very reminiscent of the amazing flavor profiles. Here's what's in mine 👉🏼 10oz Heart Coffee's Stereo Blend, 1 tsp MAJU's Organic Gelatinized Maca Powder, Sweetleaf Stevia Liquid, Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised Collagen Peptides blended up in my NutriBullet PRO . Add to a cup with ice and top with fresh mint leaves. 👌🏻

Superfood Mint Mojito Iceed Coffee - @PhilzCoffee Healthy Bae
Superfood Mint Mojito Iceed Coffee - @PhilzCoffee Healthy Bae

What You'll Need

10oz Heart Coffee's Stereo Blend, (of coffee of choice)
1 tsp maca powder
2-3 drops stevia
1 scoop collagen peptides
3-4 fresh mint leaves

What You'll Need To Know

1. Brew a cup of coffee. I used the pour-over method for this.

2. Add all ingredients, except the mint, into a high-speed blender and mix for 30 seconds.

3. Blending it will create a frothy consistency.

4. Add to a cup with ice and top with fresh mint leaves.

Reecipe makes 1 cup.


Culture Through Coffee


Turkish coffee, culture, coffee, turkey More often than not, I stare at the blank screen waiting for inspirations. I daydream of a Roman holiday or strolling the streets of Old Istanbul, searching for a cafe to sip on Turkish coffee. The other morning, after a painful night sleep of only getting a few hours of zzz's, I stumbled downstairs and realized my daydream not that far. An ibrik sitting on the kitchen counter; Turkish coffee beans finely ground.

There is a certain je ne sais quoi to Turkish coffee. I first fell in love with the taste of it in 2010 while in Istanbul. After arriving back into the States, I knew I needed more and I needed to know how to make it. Fortunately, my mother-in-law, born and raised in Istanbul, taught me how to make it that November and its social importance. Just like food, coffee is truly important culturally in Turkey; the company and setting are the main event - coffee is just an excuse.

Turkish coffee, famed for the way it is made, is not made from unusual ingredients — Arabica beans and fresh water and sugar are typical — it is the age-old brewing method that give it its unique, strong flavor. The ground coffee and fresh water are boiled on low heat in a copper pot till a light foam develops; the finished product is served in cups along with the grounds, which sink to the bottom of the cup and are frequently read by fortune tellers to determine the fate of the drinker.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon of extra finely ground coffee (very fine powder consistency; I used Mehmet Efendi Turkish Coffee) which can be found online or Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Markets
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, or 1 cardamom pod
  • sugar (optional)

What You'll Need To Know 1. Pour in cold water in the ibrik. If you do not have an ibrik, a small saucepan will work. You should use one cup of cold water for each cup you are making and then add an extra half cup “for the pot”. Add a teaspoonful of the ground Turkish coffee and cardamom per cup in the water while the water is cold and stir. The amount of coffee may be varied to taste, but do not forget, there will be a thick layer of coffee grounds left at the bottom of your cup for properly made Turkish coffee. Do not fill the pot too much. If you need to add sugar, this is the time to do it.

Turkish coffee, culture, coffee, turkey

2. Heat the pot as slowly as you can on low heat. The slower the heat the better it is. Make sure you watch it, to prevent overflowing when the coffee boils.

Turkish coffee, culture, coffee, turkey

3. When the water boils pour some--not all--of the coffee equally between the cups, filling each cup about a quarter to a third of the way. This will make sure that everybody gets a fair share of the foam forming on top of the pot, without which coffee loses much of its taste. Continue heating until coffee boils again, which will be extremely short now that it has already boiled. Then distribute the rest of the coffee between the cups.

Turkish coffee, culture, coffee, turkey

Since there is no filtering of coffee at any time during this process, you should wait for a few minutes before drinking your delicious Turkish coffee while the coffee grounds settle at the bottom of the cup.


Have your tired Turkish coffee? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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