5 Fall Ingredients to Add to Your Coffee
With the cooler fall weather, we all start to crave the flavors associated with the season—including pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon. Autumn also means the tendency to switch out iced coffees for warm brews. Instead of settling on plain varieties of coffee, you can upgrade your drink with five fall ingredients. When you add the flavors to the coffee depends on several factors. Some fall spices require brewing with the coffee, while others get added before taking your first sip. The following are the top seasonal picks to spice up your cup.
A common misconception is that cinnamon only works as an additive while sweetening your brewed cup of coffee. In fact, you can add cinnamon sticks to your coffee beans. Break up a cinnamon stick and mix in with the beans to get a warmer, subtler aroma than simply using the powdered versions. The easiest way to add fall ingredients to a brew is to rely on a French press.
No one can think of the fall season without thinking of pumpkin-flavored coffees. Although you will generally choose pumpkin spice to add to your coffees and lattes, you can change things up by selecting pumpkin pie spice. Pumpkin pie spice is a delectable blend of spices made to taste like the fall dessert. A few dashes in your cup will go a long way.
As an alternative to sugar, try to sweeten your coffee with maple syrup this fall. A small amount of syrup goes a long way in your coffee, so taste test as you add a small dollop at a time. To make a special dessert treat - in moderation - put a dollop of maple syrup whipped cream on top of your coffee. To make a batch, just whisk together 1/2 cup of heavy cream, one tablespoon of pure maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Whisk until it's light and fluffy and add to your morning brew. As an alternative, add the maple extract to the whole beans before brewing.
Hazelnut has a delicious, decadent flavor that will satisfy your craving for a sweeter cup of coffee in the morning. Instead of adding the hazelnut directly to the brew, mix the hazelnut extract with creamer and blend in.
One of the latest trends in fall coffee is to use cardamon seeds. Cardamon seeds are often found as an ingredient in Turkish coffees. Put cardamon seeds on the bottom of the cup before brewing, or crush the pods to include them in your grounds.