Wake up and smell the coffee! The world consumes nearly 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day. So why not drink flavoured coffee, now and then?
Coffee is the second-most popular beverage in the world! Although Americans drink the most coffee, the world’s top drink is still tea, mainly because tea is the national drink of China and India.
Nevertheless, fine coffee is only gaining in popularity in every country, thanks to online gourmet stores. Some experts consider coffee to be as healthy as tea – but that’s a separate topic. Most people instinctively add sugar or an artificial sweetener to their coffee, making it unhealthy. So we have come up with 6 healthy ways to make flavoured coffee.
Here are 6 easy ways to flavour your java at home.
Replacing cinnamon with your usual spoonful of sugar in your java isn’t a new concept. Still, this is our number one coffee-flavouring tip because it is an effective distraction from coffee’s bitter taste. No sugar or calories either! Use powdered cinnamon in your filtered coffee, or simply break a few cinnamon sticks into your coffee roast for the robust cinnamon flavour to sink in.
Why it’s worth a sip: Natural cinnamon does more than just elevate your brew. Human Nutrition Research Center study showed that just half a teaspoon of cinnamon enhances the activity of insulin, helping control type-2 diabetes. Cinnamon extract contains polyphenolic polymers, which act as antioxidants, opposing the effects of added sugar.
- Cocoa powder
Stirring unsweetened cacao powder into your coffee is one of simplest ways to reap the health benefits of dark chocolate. It is important to use 100% cacao powder to get the real richness of pure sugar-free dark chocolate without any added sugar, instead of the sugary mocha flavoured coffee you normally see at coffee shops.
Why it’s worth a sip: Dark chocolate is nutritious because it is a rich source of antioxidants called flavanoids. These are believed to help ward off environmental cell damage, improve blood flow to the brain and heart. Cahealth drink, cao powder may also lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol (HDL) and protect LDL against oxidation.
- Vanilla extract
Vanilla isn’t just for baking cakes, and for desserts. It may be a traditional sweet-dish flavour, but by adding a few drops of vanilla root extract into a hot cuppa coffee, instead of sugar, you get a burst of flavour without the sugary calories. Start with one drop and add more if you like it because a little bit of vanilla extract goes a long way.
Why it’s worth a sip: Natural vanilla extract contains a variety of antioxidants, including vanillic acid and vanillin. Vanilla extract may also possess cholesterol-lowering and anti-inflammatory properties. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published a study where vanilla extract contained 26 to 90% of antioxidants depending on the concentration of the extract.
- Orange juice or rind
If you drink black coffee, then give this flavoured coffee a try. Espresso and orange juice seemed to be a whacky combo at first, but it exploded in popularity in Phoenix, Arizona in 2016. American coffee shops are calling the concoction “Good Morning” or “Sunrise”, and social media has boosted its discovery. Of course, if one citrus flavour works, then why not another? Lemon rind in hot espresso is one you can experiment with to tickle your taste buds in the morning.
Why it’s worth a sip: Fresh orange juice (and lemons too) act as natural sweeteners. Plus you get your daily dose of vitamin C. And if you are sceptical about mixing your OJ with espresso, simply rub an orange peel or a lemon peel around your coffee cup rim for a taste test.
There is nothing like spiced coffee to warm up a chilly morning! And nutmeg is the perfect spice for that warm and cosy vibe. Add a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon powder, with ground cardamom to your morning brew, and you have got yourself a perfect winter kick-start to the day. You can also grind a pod of green cardamom with the coffee beans in the morning and sprinkle some nutmeg and cinnamon into the brew. Remember to use a tiny sprinkling of nutmeg, as it is a strong spice, in this flavoured coffee.
- Ground coconut flakes
If nutmeg and cinnamon are winter spices, then try adding unsweetened shredded coconut to your coffee grinder in the summer. Add roughly one teaspoon of coconut flakes per coffee cup for tropics-inspired coffee without the added sugar.
These flavoured coffee ideas give you more reason to love waking up to your morning brew!