How to Flavour Coffee Beans

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Apurva Sethi
Apurva is a fashion and food enthusiast. She chose fashion as her career and food as her passion. She is greatly fond of trying out new cuisines at different places and making them at home, in her own style. She also loves to seek and learn new things about the food industry constantly. So, here she is, to share her easy-peasy ways of cooking.

Coffee is one of the most loved beverages around the globe, without a doubt. When it comes to adding various flavours to your drink – for example, a slight touch of hazelnut or French Vanilla can change the flavour profile in a way that breaks the monotony. 

Even with all the modern-day online coffee bean subscription services and numerous flavour profiles available these days, it is not always easy to flavour your coffee beans with perfection.

In this read, we will discuss the best ways to add flavours to your favourite coffee beans. 

1) Specialty Coffee Bean Oils

One of the most common ways to give a different flavour profile to your beverage is by using speciality coffee bean oils such as coconut, peppermint or hazelnut.

All you have to do is add between 1 and 3 teaspoons of oil per 1 pound of coffee before you go for the grind. Let the beans absorb the oil for around 45-60 minutes for a stronger flavour.

2) Spice It Up Using Spices

How about adding a smooth touch of cardamom, cinnamon or nutmeg to your coffee? These spices can give you a refreshing taste and the process is quite simple.

Mix your coffee beans with the spices and let the mixture infuse for some time. The longer you let the mixture sit, the better flavour you’ll get.

3) Addition of Syrup

Coffee bars and cafes often use maple syrup to give a rich, full-bodied taste to your coffee drink. In a home environment, all you have to do is add high-quality coffee syrup to your favourite beans and spin it for 15 minutes for that perfect infusion.

4) Flavour Extracts

If you have a liking for various flavours such as chocolate, vanilla, coconut, orange, etc., you will love the way your coffee tastes by adding these flavour extracts.

These calorie and sugar-free extracts can give a nice touch to your morning cup of Joe.

5) Use of Cocoa Powder

The addition of cocoa powder has become increasingly famous in recent times, not only due to the rich flavours it brings but also its health benefits.

Since cocoa powder has antioxidants, it is known to keep your blood pressure in check.

6) Infuse Your Beans with Alcohol

Infusing your coffee beans with whiskey is another way to experiment with your coffee-drinking. Pour your favourite bourbon into a jar with an airtight seal and add your favourite coffee beans.

Shake the jar for a few minutes and store it in a cool place for at least 24 hours. Once you have achieved the desired flavour, allow them to dry before you grind them.

7) Adding Ginger

Ginger is widely known for its anti-cancer, anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties. With countless other benefits as well, it is a healthy way to combine your coffee drink with ginger now and then.

8) Sweet and Soothing Lavender

With a slightly herbal touch, the addition of lavender can give your coffee beverage a nice and soothing effect. Lavender is good for those who experience mild sleep-deprivation or anxiety problems.

9) Pumpkin Pie Spice

This flavour has become increasingly popular among various flavoured coffee brands in recent times. This is usually a blend of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, and can give a smooth, nutritional touch to your coffee drink.

10) Add Sweetness with Honey

With all the antioxidants and minerals it has, honey can be a nice, healthy addition that gives a sweetened flavour to your coffee drink.

11) Condensed Milk

Storing or buying traditional dairy can cost a lot of bucks in some countries. Sweetened condensed milk works well in such places and it blends perfectly with both hot and iced Vietnamese coffee.

12) Butter for Keto Diet Lovers

Use of butter in coffee has picked up popularity in recent times, mainly by following a rather strict diet plan, such as the keto or other intermittent fasting diet plans.

You can add butter to your coffee and coconut oil that helps keep a check on your overall appetite.

Flavoured Coffee Beans – What to Look For? 

If you are not in the mood to make an effort, you can also go for flavoured coffee beans. These are easily available at cafes, stores and online marketplaces, etc. 

But there are a few things that you need to consider before making the purchase:

  • The Beans – Arabica beans are recommended for flavoured coffee rather than Robusta beans.
  • The Quality – If there are a lot of syrups and oils used, it is usually because the bean itself is low-quality, don’t go for it.
  • The Brand – Renowned brands usually make their information public regarding their flavouring process. If you see a brand with little-to-no information on their websites, find a better one.

Our Final Thoughts

There is no doubt about the fact that most of us love to have our coffee straight. However, slight variations to your coffee profile can sometimes give you that unique, refreshing taste that you might not have known otherwise.

And if you are going to add flavours to your coffee, we suggest to do it the right way! 

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