Even the most dedicated coffee drinkers need a break from the routine from time to time. When the standard half-and-half, whole milk or 2% don’t do the trick anymore, consider some of these add-in alternatives that will give your coffee a surprising boost of flavor and depth.
Cardamom is a spice usually used in Indian and Pakistani cuisine, and in the Middle East. Be advised, it is intense - but the right dash of this will give your coffee a richness and aromatic quality that is unmatched. Incidentally, if you’re going to buy cardamom, buy it whole and grind the seeds as needed to add to your coffee grounds or after brewing. The ground cardamom loses its flavor quickly, while whole cardamom will keep its potency for up to a year. Like we said, a little goes a long way.
Popularized in the U.S. by the introduction of Bulletproof coffee, this sort of thing has been done by sherpas in Nepal for generations. (Only there, it’s yak butter in tea.) It’s a great way to fortify your coffee, especially if you use a butter made from the milk of grass-fed cows. Many have hailed its weight-loss benefits, owing to recent research that fat is better for us than sugar, along with its rich flavor. The texture is a bit of an acquired taste, however.
A helpful blog pointed out the logic behind this: peanut butter goes well with chocolate, chocolate goes well with coffee, ipso facto, peanut butter must go well with coffee. While we don’t suggest using syllogisms in your cooking often, in this case, the reasoning is pretty solid. There’s a very low threshold beyond which you can completely kill your cup, however. It usually needs a little assistance on the palate in the form of a sweetener or, you guessed it, chocolate. Pair it especially with a coffee with nutty flavor notes.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
We’ve all read the articles about the unhealthful aspects of pumpkin spice lattes, but to be sure, they are tasty. For a touch of the flavor without the extra calories, try adding a little pumpkin pie spice (usually clove, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, with a dash of other spices) and cream into a cup of dark roast coffee. The aroma alone will be enough of a nostalgia fix to summon thoughts of hayrides and bonfires.
Speaking of aromatic add-ins, coconut oil is a great way for your cup of coffee to elicit thoughts of tanning oil, sunshine and beaches. Coconut oil is usually used as an alternative to butter in cooking; its presence in your cup of coffee will function similarly to in texture to butter, and its flavor is surprisingly muted, even if the scent is immediately noticeable.
The VitaPerk blend is designed to deliver a power-packed boost to your daily cup of joe. It contains half the recommended daily value of many vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin C, well known for boosting your immune system, and Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. This is a nutritious coffee supplement that sets you up for a more healthful day as part of a healthy lifestyle.
The takeaway: Just how versatile is coffee? Its well-earned reputation for distinctive, often predominantly bitter flavor hides the fact that there is a wide variety of add-ins that enhance and complement its character. From chocolate to booze, there’s something for every palate, for the next time taking it black just won’t cut it.