Fall-ify Your Coffee

One of the most beloved coffee seasons of the year is in full swing! 

Love it or hate it, it's that time of year when the scarves and boots come out and we liven up our menus with hearty, comforting, and sweetly satisfying flavors. Luckily for all of us coffee lovers, getting in the spirit is much easier than it may seem... 

Homemade Pumpkin Spice

 Recipe and photo via   A Cozy Kitchen

Recipe and photo via A Cozy Kitchen

What you'll need:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (3 parts ground cinnamon, 2 parts ground ginger, 2 parts ground nutmeg, 1 part ground allspice and 1 part ground cloves)
  • 1-2 shots espresso (or a 4oz cup of our Noir Blend Soft Pod)

 

For Hot:

In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat and stir until steaming. Remove from heat, add vanilla and spice, and whisk until foamy.

Pour as much as you like into a mug and top with your desired amount of coffee!

Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.

For Iced:

Follow the pumpkin spice puree directions above, then follow below-

Pour into a cup filled with ice. Add the espresso or coffee on top.

Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.

 

Easy Autumn Twists

  Recipes and image via  Bon Appetite

Recipes and image via Bon Appetite

Getting in the autumn mood doesn't have to be hard! Try one of these simple additions to your cup of joe.

Nutmeg

Too easy to pass up, just grate fresh nutmeg straight into your morning coffee or latte!  If you don't have nutmeg seeds, already ground nutmeg will do just fine!

Maple

Instead of sugary syrups and sweeteners, try adding a little maple syrup to your coffee!

A totally natural and delicious sweetener, maple is about as deliciously comfortable as laying by ripping fireplace… 

Nutella Sauce

Heat up Nutella with cream and whole milk to thin it out. Then, add a little bit of cocoa powder and a little bit of vanilla. Once the syrup is ready, you'll want to have it on everything, but just make sure you drizzle it into your coffee first. Top with whipped cream and more cocoa powder if you're craving a more decadent treat.

Brown Butter Cafe Brulot

  Image and recipe via  Food52

Image and recipe via Food52

If you're feeling a little more adventurous, give this one a try. A simplified version of New Orleans famous after dinner cocktail, this brown butter cafe brulot is sure to impress your dinner guests this holiday season. 

What you'll need:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Rind of 1 lemon, white pith removed
  • Rind of 1 orange, white pith removed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur (such as Triple Sec or Grand Marnier)
  • 2 cups hot, strong-brewed black coffee - We recommend our Espresso Forzuto soft pod, or Go Bold RealCup
  • 4 cinnamon sticks, as garnish (optional)

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter over medium-heat and cook until light brown and fragrant, about 5 minutes, swirling occasionally (watch carefully so as not to burn).

Stir the brown sugar into the browned butter, then add the citrus rinds (I use a vegetable peeler to get the rind off of the pith of the fruit), 1 cinnamon stick, and cloves and stir. Cook about 2 to 3 minutes until fragrant.

Briefly remove the saucepan from the flame to safely add the orange liqueur to the buttered spices and citrus mixture. Return to the flame and bring to a low simmer for 3 minutes, then add the brewed coffee and simmer another 4 to 5 minutes.

Ladle into glasses, garnish with cinnamon stir sticks, if you like, leaving behind the solids in the saucepan, and enjoy while hot.

 

Do you have a favorite Autumn coffee recipe? Share below! And happy sipping!