Oh, the smell and the taste of a wonderful cup of coffee. For years, no one thought to mess with it except to add sugar and maybe some milk or cream. But we are nothing if not consumers hungry for more products and ideas, and flavored coffee has taken off just like a $5 cup of mocha choco latte. Adding flavors to coffee at home is pretty simple; all you need to do is a little experimenting and maybe make a small investment in a bean grinder.

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Start from scratch with a flavor and incorporate it into your ground beans. Place a piece of cinnamon stick in your bean grinder along with your beans to make a flavorful coffee ground. When brewed, the flavor is rich and permeates throughout the coffee. Use other spices, such as vanilla beans or chicory, in your grinder. Start with very small amounts and then add more to your next brew as desired.

If you’re not into grinding your beans, add spices and flavors directly to the grounds in your brew basket. Put in the desired amount of coffee and then sprinkle ground cinnamon or nutmeg on top of the grounds and then brew. The flavor won’t be as bold as when ground together with the beans, but it will be there.

If you prefer using a liquid flavoring, like a vanilla extract, put it in the coffee pot itself and let the grounds brew over the top of it. Of course, you can also add it to the pot when finished brewing, but the aroma of the liquid flavoring with the coffee is inviting

Don’t write off those flavored creamers, which are available in a range of flavors. Check the label for calorie content because they can pack a bit of a wallop in calories and fat.


  • Experiment. Go to a spice section in a whole foods market or even a spice store. If you like the smell, try adding it to your coffee. Spices like cardamon can be amazing in coffee.

  • European style coffee presses can be great for making flavored ground coffee.

References and Resources

I Need Coffee: Naturally Flavored Coffee