Liven Up Your Morning Coffee

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Most of us start our days with a nice, hot cup of coffee. But, delicious as plain coffee is, it can get a little boring after a while. We all crave variety; it is, as a wise man once said, the spice of life. So why shouldn’t we have variety in our morning coffee?

Yes, you can go to Starbucks and get a venti-latte-extremo-cream drink. However, you need not wander farther than your home coffee pot for a cup of interesting coffee. And no, we’re not talking about the flavored creamers that can pack a lot of calories and a too-intense flavor. There are actually a number of things you can add to your coffee grounds to perk up the taste of your brew without overpowering it. We’ve listed a few of our favorites. Do you have anything that you like to add to your morning coffee?

 

1. Cinnamon and Nutmeg

A dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, added to the coffee grounds before brewing, will give you coffee a warm, comforting flavor. Cinnamon has also shown some health benefits, such as potentially lowering blood sugar in diabetics. Plus it is a powerful antioxidant! 

2. Mexican Coffee

This twist on a classic Mexican drink will really perk up your morning. Add about half a teaspoon of cinnamon and cayenne pepper to your coffee grounds before brewing. The result is spicy and warm, with just enough kick to make it interesting. You might want to add a sweet creamer to the coffee as well, to make it really indulgent. And if you’re having this as a treat rather than a morning necessity, a dollop of coffee liqueur such as Kahlua will give you a truly luxurious drink. 

3. Cardamom

To get a distinctive Turkish flavor, try adding ground cardamom to your coffee grounds. Alternatively, you can add a cardamom pod to the pot of hot coffee. This will give you a rich, interesting flavor. 

4. Orange Zest

You can add orange zest to your coffee grounds before brewing. The result is similar to the chocolate/orange combination: earthy, with a hint of bright citrus. If you’re using a French press, just add the orange peel to the grounds and plunge away! 

5. Extracts

You can add all kinds of extracts to your coffee grounds. Vanilla is perhaps the best place to start. Just add a few drops to the grounds before brewing, and voila! Here, it is best to let the entire pot brew before you grab a cup, to get the full vanilla flavor. It will be subtle, but comforting. This goes well paired with a light vanilla creamer or, if you’re having an after-dinner treat, a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

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