As a country, we spend an insane amount of money on coffee. According to a Workonomix survey by Accounting Principals, the average working American spends $20 per week on coffee they don’t make themselves, coming out to an average of $1,040 per year on bought cups of coffee. With all the delicious flavors you can get at your local Starbucks, this isn’t a surprise, but there is another, cheaper way to get your flavored coffee fix. Let’s assume that a decent bag of beans costs about $8 and lasts one average coffee drinker about 2 weeks, give or take. That means you’re spending $208 a year on coffee. What will you do with an extra $832 in your pocket?
Drinking flavored coffee at home doesn’t mean buying flavored beans, it means buying coffee beans and adding the flavor yourself, at will, in your own kitchen. Not only will you save money by being creative and self-reliant, you’ll also be able to flavor each cup of coffee differently. It’s particularly good for decaf drinkers, as they tend to be a little shafted in the flavored coffee department. Here are 5 ways to get you started.
Check your spice cabinet. Throwing some ground spices into your coffee grounds as you’re brewing is a super simple way to add flavor. Add about ⅛ teaspoon of your chosen spice or spice mix to ground coffee and brew as normal. This is a simple, natural, and usually calorie-free way to add an extra kick to your coffee. As we learn from the Van Houtte Coffee Roasters, this is an ancient practice from many parts of the world. In Ethiopia, ginger is a common flavorant. In Mexico, many cups are flavored with cinnamon. In the Middle East, it’s common to brew with cardamom.
Some recommended spices to try are cinnamon, apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, clove (a little can go a long way here), cardamom, black pepper, and ginger.