9 Coffee Flavor Trends You Need To Know About
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Coffee is an integrated part of many cultures around the globe and a daily ritual that keeps people energized and productive. So now that people are comfortable with coffee and enjoy making it right in their own homes, some coffee aficionados are beginning to experiment with new exciting flavors that enhance the already bold taste of their favorite drink.
Here are some coffee flavor trends you might be familiar with, and a few that could surprise you.
1. Honey Cinnamon Latte
Whether it's served iced or hot, a creamy latte with honey sweetener and a hint of cinnamon goes down great. To make your own, use the Mr. Coffee® Cafe Barista to make a shot of strong espresso with a nice layer of crema on top. Froth your milk, then combine the espresso and milk in a cup with a tablespoon of raw honey and a half teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If you prefer your drink cold, pour it over a glass of ice and top it with a bit of whipped cream.
2. Coffee Tonic
Coffee tonic drinks are just hitting some of the trendier coffeehouses around the U.S., but you can get ahead of the game from the comfort of your own home. To make this refreshing drink, simply fill a tall glass with ice and pour in about six ounces of crisp, bubbly tonic water. Then use your espresso machine to make two ounces of rich, dark espresso. Slowly pour the espresso over the tonic and ice, give it quick stir and enjoy!
3. Lime-Infused Coffee
Recently, many coffeehouses have started serving up coffee with a twist, of lime that is. What might at first seem like an odd pairing turns out to be quite refreshing. All you need to do for this treat is make a regular iced coffee, then squeeze in a wedge of lime before taking a sip. The light citrus flavor of the fruit adds a bit of zest and fun to your daily drink. For something a little more breezy, stir in an ounce of peach nectar.
The clean, pure scent of lavender flowers is relaxing and can make you feel tranquil almost instantly. The dried petals have long been used in teas, but they have recently entered other facets of the beverage world. Not only have lavender drinks been popping up in bars and chic drinking holes, they've also been spotted on coffeehouse chalkboards. Because lavender is a delicate flavor, it works best when added to a mellow drink, like a latte. In fact, if you make a latte at home using the Mr. Coffee® Cafe Barista, you only need to stir in a teaspoon of dried lavender petals to get a delightful flavor profile.
5. Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Turn your kitchen into the hippest coffeehouse in town - serve up a creamy, flavorful and trendy Vietnamese iced coffee at home. Grind your beans fresh and brew your coffee with crisp, filtered water. Pour six ounces of coffee into a cup of ice, then add in a quarter cup of sweetened condensed milk. After a stir, enjoy this delectable drink with your friends.
6. Green Tea Infused Coffee
You might think that you need to choose between drinking tea or coffee, but with the right blend, you can get the benefits of both worlds. Here's how: brew a strong cup of green tea by using less water than you normally would - this will increase the intensity of flavor. Then, brew a cup of coffee using your preferred method. Combine a quarter cup of green tea with three-quarters of a cup of coffee. Stir in sugar and milk or milk substitute if desired, and enjoy a unique blend of flavors with an extra helping of good-for-you antioxidants.
Yes, you read that correctly. One of the growing coffee flavor trends is indeed butter. But, when you stop to consider that you normally put milk or cream in your coffee drinks, the idea might start to grow on you. To try this interesting, creamy flavor at home, you'll need a blender. Pour a cup of coffee into your blender along with a tablespoon or two of unsalted, grass-fed butter. Blend for a few seconds, or until the butter and coffee are completely combined. Return the mixture to your favorite mug and enjoy warm.
8. Real Coffee Cocktails
Introducing coffee to your favorite late-night drinks is something you can do at home, and you don't need to stick to the classic Irish coffee. Using a fresh carafe of coffee, some coffee liqueur and a few sweet ingredients like chocolate syrup, caramel and cookie chunks, you can have a sweet treat with a little something extra.
When coffee is still on the vine, it has a very similar color to that of ripe, plump raspberries, so it should be of no surprise that the two flavors taste very well together. In a blender, combine a half cup of fresh raspberries, a tablespoon of dark cacao, a quarter cup of milk and sugar to taste. Blend until well combined, then pour the mixture into a tall glass filled about halfway with ice and freshly brewed coffee. Top it with whipped cream and enjoy!