Try Some Tasty Add-Ins before Brewing Your Next Cup of Coffee ...


Coffee is by far one of my favorite ways to start the day as I’m sure it is for many of you, and there are some things to add to your coffee grounds that can improve the flavor and the whole coffee drinking experience you might want to try. Artificially flavored coffee is always the least best option since many contain chemicals, dyes, and who knows what else. Instead, use some of these more natural things to add to your coffee and let me know what you think! Just add the ingredients straight into the grounds before brewing and you’re done!

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Cinnamon Cinnamon is one of the most delicious things to add to your coffee grounds I’d suggest you try. It gives your coffee a lovely fall-like flavor for no calories or sugar. It’s also a great way to stabilize your blood sugar since cinnamon is high in the mineral chromium that aids in blood sugar management.


Cinnamon is a versatile spice that can be used in many different ways. Not only does it add a delicious flavor to coffee, but it also has many health benefits. Studies have shown that cinnamon can help to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation. It can also help to reduce cholesterol levels and improve digestion.

Cinnamon is high in antioxidants, which can help to protect the body from free radical damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. It is also a good source of minerals, including iron, calcium, and manganese. Furthermore, cinnamon has anti-bacterial properties and can help to reduce the risk of infection.

Cinnamon is easy to add to your coffee grounds. All you need to do is sprinkle a small amount on the grounds before adding hot water. You can also add cinnamon to other drinks, such as tea, smoothies, and hot chocolate. To get the most out of the flavor, try toasting the cinnamon first before adding it to your drink.

Adding cinnamon to your coffee is a great way to enjoy a delicious and healthy drink. Cinnamon can help to improve your health and give your coffee a delightful fall-like flavor. So, the next time you make a cup of coffee, don’t forget



Ginger Like gingerbread? Add a few slices of real ginger root or dried ginger powder to your coffee grounds. In just minutes you’ll have a delicious ginger-flavored coffee that might also make it easier on your stomach since ginger is a natural digestive aid.


Vanilla Bean or Extract

Vanilla Bean or Extract If you have real vanilla beans at home, open one up to expose the vanilla beans inside the pod and add those to your grounds. You can also just use vanilla extract (about a teaspoon) to make things easier.


Vanilla is a classic flavor that pairs beautifully with the rich notes of coffee. When using vanilla beans, slice the bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds inside—mix these tiny, aromatic specks with your coffee grounds for an infusion of natural vanilla essence. For convenience, a dash of vanilla extract will deliver a similar, albeit less potent, flavor. Remember, a little goes a long way, so start with a small amount and adjust according to taste. This simple yet transformative addition will turn your everyday brew into a more exotic and indulgent treat.


Peppermint Oil

Peppermint Oil The Starburcks Peppermint Latte is one of the most popular drinks of the winter season and you can make your own by using peppermint oil extract in your coffee grounds. Just a little bit though - peppermint is incredibly strong and may be too overwhelming in high amounts.


Peppermint oil is an excellent addition to your coffee grounds before brewing. It adds a unique, refreshing flavor to the beverage that is popular during the winter months. It can also provide a variety of health benefits. Peppermint oil contains menthol, which has been shown to help with digestion, reduce nausea, and boost the immune system. It is also known to help with headaches, muscle pain, and skin irritations. However, it is important to be careful when using peppermint oil. It has a very strong taste and can be overwhelming in large amounts. Start with a small amount and adjust it to your taste.


Cocoa Powder

Cocoa Powder Cocoa powder with coffee grounds is one of the best combinations to try. It’s like a homemade mocha in your morning cup. Just add about one teaspoon of ground cocoa to your coffee before brewing. You can also use roasted cocoa beans, such as Crio Bru, and brew those with your regular coffee grounds.


Cocoa powder is a great way to add a delicious twist to your morning coffee. It's a popular combination that adds a chocolatey flavor to your cup. You can easily add one teaspoon of cocoa powder to your coffee grounds before brewing. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, you can grind up roasted cocoa beans, such as Crio Bru, and add them to your coffee grounds. Adding cocoa powder to your coffee can help reduce the bitterness of the coffee, and can also add a variety of health benefits. Cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants, which can help protect against heart disease and cancer. It also contains dietary fiber, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels. So, why not give cocoa powder a try in your next cup of coffee?



Cayenne For a Mexican-inspired coffee, add a dash of cayenne pepper to your grounds before brewing. The heat from the peppers can give you an extra pep in your step. Just a little though - cayenne goes a long way!


When you're feeling particularly adventurous or simply crave that smoldering kick, cayenne pepper might just become your go-to secret ingredient. It infuses your coffee with a subtle, smoky heat that is incredibly warming, especially on cold mornings. The spice not only elevates the flavor complexity but can also help boost your metabolism—a double win! Remember, moderation is key; you want to complement your coffee, not overwhelm it. Pair this fiery brew with a sweet treat to balance the heat and savor a truly unique coffee experience.


Coconut Sugar

Coconut Sugar To give your coffee a brown sugar flavor without using refined sugar, just add a little coconut sugar to your grounds before brewing. Coconut sugar is very low on the glycemic index and it’s also a good way to get a brown sugar flavor for fewer calories. It’s also much more nutritious since it’s unrefined. Just a teaspoon is all you need.


Coconut sugar is an excellent alternative to refined sugar when it comes to sweetening coffee. It has a low glycemic index, meaning it won't spike your blood sugar as much as refined sugar would. It's also more nutritious, as it's unrefined and contains minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Coconut sugar has a brown sugar flavor that goes well with coffee, and only a teaspoon is needed to sweeten your cup. Additionally, it's lower in calories than refined sugar, making it a great choice for those looking to reduce their caloric intake.


Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup You can use either maple syrup or maple flavoring to add to your coffee grounds if you'd like a breakfast flavored coffee. I find that organic maple extract works better since it's lower in sugar and not so syrupy, but the real syrup would work too.


Maple syrup isn't just for pancakes! Stirring in a bit of this sweet, woody nectar can truly transform your morning brew. For a subtle hint of maple, add a teaspoon directly to your coffee grounds before brewing. It imparts a natural sweetness and an aroma that feels like a cozy, autumnal hug. Plus, it’s a delightful way to sweeten your coffee without refined sugar. If you're adventurous, try pairing it with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg to really enhance those comforting, spicy notes. A little goes a long way towards a luxurious, seasonally-inspired cup.


Hazelnut Extract

Hazelnut Extract Hazelnut is one of the most popular coffee flavors out there and if you'd like to make your own, all you need to do is add a litle hazelnut extract. Extracts can save you money instead of having to buy flavored coffees, so give them a try if you haven't already.

Give these things to add to your coffee grounds a go this week and let me know if you have your own favorite idea. Do you drink your coffee a certain way you’d like to share?

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I like cardamom too! And cocoa.

I dash some cinnamon on my coffee grounds. Love it.

Woww 😃

Infuse 1 tablespoon each nutmeg, lavender, cloves, cinammon, and brown sugar in a loose tea strainer for 15-20 minutes in fresh coffee Great iced as well

Cardamom gives good flavor too!

4 tbs of coffee 4 cloves 2 cinnamon sticks and grate a bit of nutmeg

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