Cup of hot chai latte with spices like cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, star anise as a sweet warm winter dessert drink
The Best Spice Pairings That Will Elevate The Flavor Of Coffee
By Elaina Friedman
The next time you bust out your coffee gear, we highly recommend adding some spices to the mix to make that first sip of the day even more delightful. Whether you prefer to enjoy your coffee in liquid form or in a baked good, here are the best spices to bring out the roasted bean's complex flavors.
If you're looking to boost the natural flavors of your coffee, you can use the taste and smell of your favorite bean variety as your guide. The citrusy aroma of that single-origin bag of Ethiopian coffee you shelled out for would pair beautifully over ice with a squeeze of lemon for a take on the Algerian sweetened-coffee drink mazagran.
If your coffee is giving warm notes of cinnamon and clove, try adding a cinnamon stick and a few crushed cloves to your beans while your coffee brews. Recipe developer Carolina Gelen drops a couple of crushed cardamon pods and a splash of vanilla extract into her French press for a little extra pizazz.
Ground beans, brewed coffee, or instant coffee can serve as a flavor booster for all kinds of desserts. The acidic makeup of coffee can also lend itself to yeasted confections like cinnamon rolls and doughnuts, as it strengthens the "gluten networks" of the dough and makes it easier to work with, per King Arthur Baking Company.