How to Spice up your Coffee – A Few Simple Additions

Welcome back to the What Supp Blog, where we discuss all things optimisation. Today’s post will strike a cord with a fairly high percentage of the population; coffee. I won’t bang on about the various health promoting benefits of coffee, (and there are indeed a number), but rather I’ll give you a few options to pimp out your coffe like a pro.

So I’m going to run through a few additions. You can try singularly or mix and match. Let me know how you get on!

Right, first up;

1. Salt

While adding salt to coffee might sound just plain wrong, it’s actually a simple hack that will cut the bitterness of coffee and add a pleasant “salted caramely-ness” to your fave hot morning get-me-up.

Just add a few granules of salt – ideally coarse sea salt – to your coffee grinds before using your preferred brewing method.

2. Rosemary

Fresh rosemary is another mind-blowing addition to a fresh cup of coffee. In addition to providing a delicious piney flavor, this herb also infuses coffee with extra antioxidants and concentration & mood boosting properties.

Take a 3-inch sprig of fresh rosemary, slide your hand down the stem to shuck off the leaves, add the leaves to your coffee grounds, and proceed with your brewing process.

3. Orange Peel

Combining citrus and coffee may seem like a mortal sin, but in places like Italy, espresso is often served with a lemon or orange peel on the side. Adding orange brightens the coffee’s flavor, counteracts the bitterness, and adds a pleasant citrus scent. Orange peels also have even higher levels of vitamin C than the flesh, so this is a great recipe to try when your immune system needs a boost.

Grab an orange and zest the peel until you have about a teaspoon of orange zest, then add the zest to the coffee grounds and brew as usual for a citrusy-chocolatey goodness.

4. Cardamom

Cardamom is a spice commonly used in the Middle East, most notably in sweet and savory recipes like garam masala, chai tea, and Turkish coffee. When added to coffee, it creates a spicy & sweet combination that warms you straight to your soul. Cardamom is also a powerhouse spice that touts potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.

Simply add a few pinches of ground cardamom to your brewed cup of coffee. Or if you’re really feelin’ fancy, you can add the whole pods to your whole coffee beans before grinding.

5. Ginger

Ginger is in the same family of spices as cardamom and lends a similar warming property to your morning coffee. Ginger is widely known as a digestive aid and is soothing to the GI tract. If you’re someone that struggles with tummy troubles and coffee, you might want to try this method.

Before brewing, add 1 tsp ground ginger or a few slices of fresh ginger root to your coffee grounds.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that touts an incredible array of health benefits, with a great capacity to support recovery and joint health.

Turmeric doesn’t taste that good in coffee. Sorry. But it does add some awesome health benefits. Try throwing in a ¼ teaspoon of ground turmeric to your coffee grounds before brewing. If that sounds a tad hardcore, add a good coconut milk creamer to your brewed coffee, and then sprinkle in some ground turmeric for a golden milk-esque experience.

7. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil not only adds an interesting winter feel to coffee, it can also aid digestion, and the aroma is known to reduce stress and promote mental clarity and alertness.

Proceed with caution though people. Peppermint oil is potent stuff. Just add a single, measly drop to your coffee grinds and brew as usual. If you don’t want to overdo it on the minty-ness, opt for a brewing method that uses a paper filter. And make sure you’re using food grade peppermint essential oil that’s safe for ingestion.

8. Cayenne

Cayenne is another interesting coffee addition, but it’s clearly not meant for the faint-hearted coffee lover. Capsaicin, the main component in cayenne peppers that gives them a spicy kick, is known to increase circulation, suppress appetite, and may even boost metabolism.

To harness cayenne’s fiery flavor, drop in a tiny pinch of ground cayenne pepper to your grounds before brewing.

9. Vanilla-Flavored Ice Cubes

Pure vanilla, aside from tasting and smelling pretty good, touts health benefits ranging from improving anxiety and depression, lowering cholesterol, and even reducing fevers.

To make the ice cubes, combine 6 ounces of almond or coconut milk, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, and (optional) 2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup. Add the mixture to an ice cube tray, and let it sit in the freezer overnight. The next morning, brew your coffee as usual, let it cool, and then add ice cubes.

Ok then, hope you feel inspired. Please leave a comment and give a like if there was anything of use in there for you!