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Flavoring coffee

post #1 of 10
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Any tips? I find flavored ground coffee has an artificial taste. I don't like flavored creamers because they're sweet. I am particularly interested in cinammon spice, and chocolate flavors. Adding cinammon directly to my cup makes it float ontop. Chocolate separates. Adding to the grounds doesn't penetrate, any ideas?

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post #2 of 10

Maybe try steeping a cinnamon stick in water and then using the steeped water to brew your coffee. Strictly guessing, haven't tried it.

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Many variables here.  First, how are you brewing the coffee?  Next, what coffee are you using? Do you grind it fresh, store it, or buy it pre-ground? 

 

Without any of that info,   I recently purchased some pre-ground espresso from the Grocery store, called Pilon. It has a pretty decent flavor of chocolate to it, without being sweet at all.  Other than that, it is crap as coffee.  It does have a taste of cocoa to it though.

 

Rough chopping cinnamon and brewing in a french press is probably the best bet for that flavor. Otherwise, you'll have to steep some powdered cinnamon in water until it reduces down to a paste, spread it over the ground coffee, and slowly brew it from there.  This is because the cinnamon needs to hydrate and bloom a bit before it starts putting off oils into the brew.

 

The chocolate will be a bit trickier.  It has an Earthy flavor that blends with coffee, so you need a really robust chocolate to make it stand out; a nice bold dark chocolate would probably be great.   I'd think the most effective way would be to  generate a bunch of chocolate shavings with a microplane.  Then, take said shavings and mix with your ground coffee in a double boiler on very low heat. So low that it barely melts the chocolate shavings. Add just enough water to dampen out the mix, and stir it around until its all one brown paste. Then, brew from there. 

 

Both of these seem like they'd work best with a French press. At the very least, I'd recommend using a Chemex.


Edited by dsplayname - 2/21/14 at 10:34pm
post #4 of 10
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Hubby gets chocful o nuts from costco for our everyday automated drip.  He beats me to the kitchen every morning so it's all I got.  Rarely do I have the leisure to pull out my french press or grind my own coffee, we're cheapos when it comes to coffee.

 

Today I sprinkled cinammon in my coffee but it's bitter as heck.  I wish this wasn't so difficult.

 

Has anyone ever combined coffee and tea?  I have wonderful little tea bags called "india spice" that I want my coffee to taste like - cinammon, cardamom, etc.  

 

I'm quite happy with my drip coffee, I know it's not the most ideal way to make coffee but it is what it is.  

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Howabout making a flavoured syrup?  Make a cinnamon or whatever flavour syrup you want, strain, store, and to your coffee?

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post #6 of 10

Put the ground cinnamon in the grounds before you brew the coffee. If you grind your own beans then you can buy coffee flavors and then add the flavoring yourself.

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post #7 of 10

Has anyone tried mixing chicory into their coffee?

post #8 of 10

Cafe du Monde from New Orleans still makes a coffee-chicory blend. Besides being a New Orleans thing, it seems to be the coffee of choice for Vietnamese coffee. It;s a little bitter, but it does make a nice coffee drink mixed with sweetened condensed milk and served either hot or iced, the way the Vietnamese serve it. It's probably the only sweetened coffee drink I'll willingly drink.

 

 

http://www.lacrawfish.com/Cafe-Du-Monde-Coffee-Chicory-P90.aspx?gclid=CPSA442L4bwCFa47MgodoSkAEA

 

 

My French neighbor also uses chicory to mix with her coffee to cut down on caffeine and also because she is extremely thrifty and wanted to stretch her coffee. She grew up drinking chicory after the 2nd world war in Paris, when coffee was simply not available to most people because it was rationed or very, very costly. She doesn't love it, though.

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Howabout making a flavoured syrup?  Make a cinnamon or whatever flavour syrup you want, strain, store, and to your coffee?

 

Syrup means sugar - bleh can't do that.

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Put the ground cinnamon in the grounds before you brew the coffee. If you grind your own beans then you can buy coffee flavors and then add the flavoring yourself.

 

I don't grind my own beans, I have put ground cinammon in the grounds but it doesn't do much for imparting flavor, not unless I put alot of cinnamon and that's probably a waste of cinammon.

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