My Material Life

Spiced Coffee

The coffee shops started serving their special holiday drinks as soon as November hit, but I won’t start on the eggnog lattes until after Thanksgiving.  I love eggnog lattes, but they are much too rich to indulge in for two months out of the year, let alone one.  I have been enjoying a completely guiltless coffee treat for the last couple of weeks though.  I’ve simply been adding cinnamon to the ground Guatamalan coffee grounds I buy at Peet’s.  This is an old trick , usually suggested with cardamom.  Both spices taste great with coffee; I use one or the other.  I stir ground cinnamon into the grounds, so the water doesn’t get stuck moving through the coffee.  A cinnamon stick or two would probably work as well.  For cardamom flavor, I use a couple of pods.  You could even try a little bit of cocoa powder stirred into the grounds.  Have you been to Penzey’s in Menlo Park yet?  Their spices are well worth the trip.

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