On chilly winter days, curling up with a warm mug of coffee is a great way to relax and soothe your soul. Hawaiian Ka’u coffee from Hawaii’s Local Buzz is a delicious indulgence on its own. Grown in volcanic soils and clean mountain air, it features subtle flavors you won’t find in lower-grade coffees.
Purists may argue that it would be a crime to adulterate this wonderful coffee with added flavors, but we say variety is the spice of life. To make a flavorful spin on your everyday cup, try adding a few winter spices to your brew.
This aromatic coffee mixture will remind you of your grandma’s pumpkin pie. Simply add 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice mix to every 2 – 3 tablespoons of ground coffee beans. You can purchase a commercial pumpkin pie spice mix or make your own by stirrring together 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp ground allspice, 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, 1 tbsp ground ginger, 3 tbsp ground cinnamon. You can store the mixture in a sealed jar and use as needed.
Make this mixture ahead of time, and save it in a sealed jar in the cupboard. You can add 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon to your coffee grounds whenever you crave a spicy mug of goodness. All you need is:
- 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 Tbsp. ground cloves
- 1 Tbsp. dried orange peel
Another spice blend to store in your cupboard, this mixture has a balanced flavor that may remind you of apple pie. Place these ingredients in a jar, and use about 1/4 teaspoon per tablespoon of coffee:
- 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
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