These easy-to-make flavored coffees taste just like the expensive name-brand coffee drinks at your favorite coffee shops, but enjoy them in the privacy of your own home.
Hot Coffee & Iced Coffee Drinks
If coffee-runs for your special latte is separating you from your last dollar bills for the week, then it’s time to start making your own flavored-coffee drinks at home. Use inexpensive bulk ingredients from your local grocery or healthy-food stores.
Before making flavored coffees, start with a favorite dark or light-roast (even decaf) version of the low-cost, or sale-brand coffee, in bulk-can size. The price should be only slightly more than a single bag of specialty-brand coffees, but will generate more than twice the volume of homemade, flavored coffees.
Make nut-flavor coffees, such as hazelnut, pecan, cashew, Brazil, or Hawaiian-macadamia nut by purchasing raw or unsalted nuts in small bags, and then grinding them right along with coffee beans. Use the store self-serve grinder, just take the empty package to pay, along with the rest of your groceries.
You can also grind your nuts and coffee beans at home, in a hand-crank grinder, a one-touch electric coffee-bean/nut grinder, or a food processor (following appliance instructions). Store ground coffee by flavor, to brew in your home coffeemaker, and add sweetener or creamer as desired.
For vanilla or cinnamon-spice coffee, grind together the bulk coffee-beans as mentioned above, but with these spice items. Either grind a small package of 1 to 3 cinnamon sticks, or 1 long vanilla bean (again saving the empty packages to pay at grocery checkout) along with the coffee beans, at store or home.
To create Pumpkin Pie Spice, or Apple Pie Spice coffee, simply purchase and add 2 teaspoons of either pre-made ground spice, directly into your coffeemaker filter, over pre-ground coffee beans. Do not add finely-ground spices to the bottom of the coffee filter or it may clog, preventing coffee from draining properly into the pot.
If you cannot find Pumpkin Pie Spice at your store, it is easy to make by combining 1 part ground cinnamon, 1 part ground ginger, ½ part ground nutmeg, and ½ part ground allspice. Apple Pie Spice is easier to make, combining 1 part ground cinnamon, 1 part ground nutmeg, and ½ part ground allspice.
Save extra cups of leftover, flavored coffee from the coffeepot, to get cold in the refrigerator, or freeze in ice-cube trays. You will also need fresh milk, nut milk (see “How to Make Sweet Nut Milk”) or chilled cans of evaporated, non-sweetened milk.
When you are ready for a refreshing iced-coffee drink pour cold, flavored coffee into a tall glass, about half full. Add the desired amount of sugar, honey, or stevia sweetener, fill with your choice of milk, stir, and add ice cubes. These taste just like the expensive name-brand coffee drinks from your favorite coffee shop, but enjoy them in the privacy of your own home.