Saturday, December 31, 2011
I have several salvage groceries locally and I started stocking up on coffee last February when I learned about the impending coffee shortage.
I found many "individual" packets of coffee 6/$1 which equates to a can for $1.00!! Most were regular roast and I prefer flavored.
This started my quest for "how to" make my own flavored coffee. Of course, nothing comes easy for me and I learned I really love Pumpkin Spice Coffee! They too were 6/$1 but I am almost out of them.
Well, I discovered that I can use regular Pumpkin Pie Spice and just put it in the basket before my coffee grounds - Voila! - Pumpkin Coffee!
My dad left me 2 cans of Apple Pie Spice and since the spices are the same, I tried it - hmmmm. Ok, not as good, so I added a bit more cinnamon and again, Voila! - Pumpkin Coffee!! When I checked out some recipes, sure enough - Pumpkin calls for more cinnamon.
I also inherited quite a bit of Unsweetened Cocoa but hadn't had much success making chocolate coffee. So this morning I tried by putting the cocoa in the basket before my grounds but added a bit of cinnamon to cut the bitter and it is wonderful!
You will have to experiment but I am using 3 tsp of spice to one 12-cup pot of coffee. I can hardly wait to try cocoa in my next pot of Hazelnut Coffee!
If you find other variations, please share!
For the tea drinkers - my favorite is Nutcracker Tea and according to Celestial Seasonings, it has Vanilla and Cinnamon in it - not sure how you would do it, but yum!
P.S. The chocolate tastes best with some cinnamon - at least it did to me.
P.P.S. a tsp of cocoa and a tsp of cinnamon in my pot of hazelnut is awesome!
P.P.P.S. a pinch of cherry koolaid in your pot of chocolate coffee is also nice! My sister had given me a packet of Cherry-Chocolate Coffee that was really expensive - koolaid is really cheap!