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!)
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 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.