Pumpkin Spice coffee is a hit during the
holidays. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE
Most people have their favorite holiday traditions. One of ours is holiday-flavored coffee, typically a “Pumpkin Spice” blend (a.k.a. “Autumn Harvest”) with pumpkin pie spices—cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.
Big coffee sellers have expanded their offerings over the years.
HOW TO FLAVOR YOUR OWN COFFEE
You don’t have to buy flavored coffee: You can make your own from regular whole beans or ground coffee. While flavored coffee is typically made by soaking the beans in flavored extracts, the home approach takes the old-fashioned route with real spices.
Whole Bean Technique
Mix crushed cinnamon sticks and a few optional cloves with whole beans at a 1/2 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons ratio of spice to coffee). Store in a tightly capped jar for 2-3 days to allow the flavors to infuse. Grind together and brew.
Ground Coffee Technique
Mix 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice per 1 tablespoon ground coffee. Stir and brew. Add a splash of vanilla or rum extract and serve.
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