So I headed to the store and loaded up on all the necessities required for some fancy coffee brewin’ and talked the hubby into playing photographer for the afternoon while O napped.
We just recently started grinding our own coffee beans at home and it really makes a difference! The smell of the coffee beans is amazing! I love opening the container up every morning.
Easy Flavored Coffee: Drop a cinnamon stick – whole or broken in half – into your coffee filter with the ground coffee, then brew as usual. I was short on cinnamon sticks the first time I tried this out, so I used ground cinnamon in place of the cinnamon sticks. I have to say, the sticks added more flavor, but the ground cinnamon worked just fine if you’re looking for something simple to spice it up a little.
Simple Caramel Cafe au Lait: Place a square of your favorite caramel-filled chocolate bar in the bottom of a coffee mug. Pour the hot coffee directly over the chocolate, then add warm milk or cream and stir until the chocolate dissolves. You could take this in so many directions! White Chocolate with peppermint would be great, Hazelnut and chocolate… ooooh, the possibilities are endless! And now I want chocolate! 😉
Vanilla Syrup: Simple syrups are so easy to make and add a kick of flavor to your tea or coffee. For the vanilla syrup, you will need to heat a vanilla bean pod, sugar and water in a saucepan until the mixture comes to a simmer. Let the liquid cool till it thickens into a syrup. You can make the homemade syrup a bit sweeter and store in a mason jar, adding the syrup to your iced or hot drinks whenever you want!
Maple Whipped Cream: Now, this is a personal concoction I came up with during the holidays! I used maple syrup in place of white sugar to sweeten my coffee and would kick it up with heavy whipping cream as a special treat. Blend together heavy whipping cream, maple syrup and just a bit of white sugar until it forms peeks. I would drop big spoonfuls into my coffee. This really could qualify as a dessert! If you ONLY try one of these coffee recipes today, do yourself a favor and add some maple whipped cream to your next cup-a-joe!
I would love to know if you try any of these tips + which one was your favorite. Sometimes it’s just nice to be able to make a jazzed up coffee at home, without running out to grab one everytime a craving hits! You can find us on Instagram @thewildrevival