A guide to the best flavored coffee: What’s your favorite flavor

    what is your best flavored coffee

    A cup of coffee is a magical, wondrous thing. There are no limits to the tastes and complexities you can find in your cup. Whether the unique flavor comes from the tropical climate your coffee grows in, or from added flavoring, there's something for everyone!

    I want to take a tour of the best flavored coffee out there. Every flavor and every color of the rainbow is available to you! Let's put a twist on your regular cup of Joe and discover your favorite flavor. 

    How is Best Flavored Coffee Made?

    Many coffee purists believe that we shouldn't dabble with the natural taste of coffee. They think we should let the climate, the soil and the coffee plant do its job. And we can do that from time-to-time. But for me, variety is the spice of life, and it's important to explore new things every day!

    Flavoring adds something extra to your coffee. It gives you the opportunity to combine coffee with your other favorite food or taste, and who wouldn't want that? It can transport you to anywhere you want to go. A sip of coconut coffee might take you to a hammock on the beaches of Hawaii. A  gulp of your pumpkin spice latte might give you that warmth of a cozy Christmas fire.

    How do the coffee experts make the best flavored coffee? First of all, they use only the highest quality 100% Arabica beans. It's important that they create great coffee with that rich, smooth taste. Choosing the right amount of flavoring is vital, too, as they never want to fully mask the taste of coffee.

    Roasters will usually add the spices or syrup to the coffee beans during the roasting process. The beans will remain in the mixer with the flavors for 15 minutes or so. This gives them time to absorb the aromas and the tastes. The porous texture of beans makes the infusion process easy.

    All you, the consumer, needs to do is brew the flavored coffee beans as normal! Unsure of which flavor to try first? Let's take a look at 7 great coffee flavors.  

    1. Banana Coffee

    You might have tucked into a slice of banana coffee cake, but have you ever had a cup of it? Banana flavored coffee isn't for everyone, but don't dismiss it before you try it! It can offer a tropical, refreshing hit of caffeine with that delicious fruity edge. It's especially awesome at breakfast time with some French toast or pastries.

    banana for banana flavored coffee

    Banana coffee contains just the right amount of banana so it isn't overbearing. We still love coffee, we want to be able to taste those coffee beans too! Most coffee roasters will use banana flavoring oil. For a mild flavor, just 1 tsp (table spoon) of flavor per pound of beans will do. For anything more intense, roasters can increase this up to 3 tsps (table spoons).

    My preferred way to drink banana coffee is to turn it into a cold smoothie. It's great as a hot drink, too, but adding ice makes it a perfect pick-me-up on warm summer days. You can follow a simple banana coffee recipe to make this, and add extras to suit your palate.

    Many people choose to add an actual banana to their coffee beans and blend everything together. For me, this can create a taste that's a little too fruity and can leave remains of the "mushiness" of the banana. I'd say buy a packet of banana coffee beans and you'll be impressed at the subtle taste. Here's a quick guide to creating a banana coffee milkshake.

    • Simply brew your banana coffee as normal, making 1 cup of brewed coffee.
    • Leave it in the fridge until it's cold, as hot coffee will melt ice too quickly.
    • There are two options for creating the iced drink. The first option is to fill a tall glass with ice cubes and pour the cup of coffee over them, topping up with milk. The second option involves a blender and will make a thicker drink. Choose full-fat milk or almond milk, depending on your preference.
    • Then comes the fun part! Banana goes with just about anything and you can make some quirky combinations here. If using a blender, add ingredients like oats, peanut butter, honey or chocolate spread. Otherwise, top your iced coffee with whipped cream and go nuts on the toppings!

    2. Orange Coffee

    orange for orange flavored coffee

    Another way to inject some fruitiness into your diet is to try a cup of orange coffee. Orange is a flavor that has made its way into all sorts of things. Orange chocolate, orange candy, orange chicken and orange cake. You may never have considered trying it with your coffee, but that's all about to change!

    The zingy, citrus taste of orange flavored coffee is a pure delight. The best flavored coffee is infused by the experts. They use only the best coffee beans and a fresh flavor for that "just-squeezed" kind of taste. If you love a glass of fresh orange juice in the mornings, it could be time to replace it with orange coffee. You'll get all of the taste, accompanied by a vibrant caffeine hit to wake you up so you can tackle the day!

    You don't need to be in Italy or California to enjoy the best orange coffee. You can pick up a bag online. Most consumers are surprised by how much they love it! Many roasters use natural orange flavor, rather than artificial flavors. They can add real pieces of orange zest during the roasting process for the natural citrus taste and aroma.

    It makes for a refreshing cup, that will delight your taste buds and your nose. Drink it straight up with hot water, or use vanilla soy milk for a creamier version. For an even more refreshing option, try the iced coffee version.

    For a naughty twist on this drink, serve it after dinner with added liquor. Smooth liquors like Bailey's, brandy or amaretto go great with orange flavored coffee. Impress your guests with your mixology skills and blend the coffee and liquor in a cocktail shaker. Then strain into cocktail glasses and garnish with an orange wheel.

    3. Pecan Coffee

    Texas pecan coffee is a way to bring a taste of southern state to your table. Pecans come from Hickory trees, native to Texas and Mexico. They were the fall and winter food of Native American tribes and were even traded as money. They are buttery and a little sweet and have a whole host of health benefits. Ready to add them to your coffee?

    First of all, what benefits do we get from adding pecans to our diet?

    1. Pecans are a great source of protein, especially for vegetarians that need a little extra. They're high in protein and fiber, but low in saturated fats.
    2. They're bursting with important vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants.
    3. They're high in healthy unsaturated fats. Just a handful of pecans per day can lower your cholesterol.

    Now, we can add these benefits to our daily cup of coffee. Roasters can combine extracts of pecans during the slow roasting process. 100% Arabica beans and freshly roasted pecans make for a comforting, delicious cup of coffee.

    pecan for pecan flavored coffee

    An added benefit is that real pecans can be used - there's no need for artificial flavorings. Roasters add real pecan pieces from Hickory trees for a naturally nutty taste.

    The roast level is often a medium roast, and this allows the buttery pecan flavor to pop through just enough. It makes for a subtle, light flavor that is tasty enough to drink every day. For me, it's a great way to mix up my regular cup of coffee without being too drastic.

    I recommend drinking pecan coffee as a hot, luxurious drink. Don't be afraid to treat yourself by adding hot, steamed milk for a frothy drink. Add real pecan pieces or chocolate powder on top and enjoy at any time of the day!

    4. Maple Coffee

    Mmm maple syrup... It's an important part of the American lifestyle. Many of us will guiltily admit that we love adding maple syrup to our bacon, pancakes, and waffles! We can thank Canada for the sweet goodness, as it produces a lot of the stuff. In 2015, it produced 8.9 million gallons of maple syrup! The US is the leading importer of Canada's maple syrup products.

    Have you ever thought about pouring it into your coffee? For a soul-warming cup, it's easy to pour some maple syrup into your cup of coffee. You'll end up with something sweet, thick and a little bit special. However, I have to be the bearer of bad news here! Maple syrup has a whopping 52 calories per tablespoon.

    But fear not! As there are ways to drink maple flavored coffee without the calories. You can buy coffee beans that are already infused with the flavor. This results in no added calories to your cup of coffee. I recommend skipping on the sugar too, as this is one drink that is for sure sweet enough without any added sugar!

    Nowadays, we can get just about any coffee flavor if we look hard enough. What I love most about maple coffee is the warming, traditional sensation I get with every cup. It's a classic American flavor, best enjoyed at breakfast time on wintery mornings.

    Maple coffee

    I recommend trying this drink as a premium coffee. Brewing the beans into a cappuccino, macchiato or latte will make for a satisfying and delicious cup.

    Saying this, if you buy the best flavored coffee with added maple, you can be assured that roasters use the highest quality beans. Arabica beans make for an aromatic cup, that's mild enough for added flavors to emerge in just the right amount. If you want to make the drink as a straight up espresso or Americano, that will taste fantastic too.

    5. Strawberry Coffee

    Strawberries are the preferred fruit of many, many people. They are one of the few ways for you to get your sugar fix, without breaking the diet. One cup of strawberries contains just 49 calories and they're full of antioxidants and good, natural sugars. They're also high in Vitamin C, as well as other vitamins and nutrients. Basically, they're a huge health booster and you should be eating more of them!

    strawberry for strawberry flavored coffee

    Strawberries are one of the most versatile fruits too. You can combine them with just about anything. Cream, chocolate, and coffee being just a few. These combinations go so well together, now you can even pick up "strawberries and cream flavored coffee" and "chocolate strawberries flavored coffee". I don't know where to begin!

    Strawberry coffee

    Let's start with this fruity infusion. Strawberry coffee is a popular choice, and it won the gold prize at the 2016 Sydney Royal Food Show! The coffee is fresh and aromatic. When ground, it smells just like fresh strawberries.

    The coffee beans are carefully chosen from the best locations, like Sumatra and Ethiopia. They are then likely to be roasted to a medium or dark level when the strawberry flavors are added. You'll notice delicate strawberry tones that don't overpower the coffee flavor.

    Strawberry chocolate coffee beans

    This is one type of coffee that you don't need to brew! You can buy a bag of strawberry chocolate coffee beans and pop the beans like candy. Coffee beans are coated with strawberry flavored chocolate and then left to dry.

    They're so tasty that even those who avoid strong coffee flavors tend to love them. What a great option when you don't have time to brew coffee, but need a tasty energy boost.

    6. Gingerbread Coffee

    The taste of gingerbread conjures up traditional festivities in my mind. Baking gingerbread and decorating it with icing, while your house fills up with aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and burnt sugar. Gingerbread flavored coffee is usually enjoyed seasonally, too. Most of the large coffee chains release the drink as a limited edition option. This encourages consumers to flock to the stores and share their purchase on social media.

    Roasters develop these tasty beans to perfection. Only the finest Arabica plants are used for a good natural flavor and balance. After drying, they roast the coffee, before placing the beans in natural oils of gingerbread.

    The resulting flavor is nothing short of sensational! It will bring you straight back to your childhood with that warm, spicy kick. What's even better is you'll get a caffeine kick along with it and can enjoy this drink at morning, noon or night.

    So, how do you make a gingerbread coffee to rival the large coffee shops? I would save this drink for a special occasion and go all out whenever you make it! It's easy to whip up a luxurious latte with this easy gingerbread coffee recipe. It's possible to make this by buying your own cinnamon, ground ginger, and vanilla extract and brewing it with coffee. I say why do this, when you can buy the coffee beans already infused?

    gingerbread coffee
    1. Simply ground as many coffee beans as you will need. A grind consistency like sugar is usually a good starting point.
    2. Brew an espresso using gingerbread coffee beans. It always makes things easier if you have an espresso machine when making a drink like this! Follow the instructions carefully to make sure you get a high-quality shot of espresso.
    3. Use the steaming wand to heat up full-fat milk. Angle the milk jug to achieve a thick, smooth micro-foam. You want the mixture to be around 2/3 hot milk and 1/3 foam.
    4. Pour the espresso into a tall glass and follow with the warm milk, then the foam. You can then add any extras you choose. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder, add cinnamon sticks or chocolate decorations. Enjoy around the Christmas tree with your family!

    7. Mint Coffee

    Like many others, I love a cup of coffee every morning. I love it so much that I forget the unpleasant smell it leaves on my breath! Most of us don't want to release bad scents during our morning meetings, but you can skip on the bad breath without skipping on the coffee! Brighten up your daily coffee by adding a fresh mint taste to it.

    The mint plant is bright green and fragrant. You can release its scent even more by patting on the leaves or rolling them between your fingers. It can grow outdoors or indoors and doesn't need a great deal of care to thrive. It adds a unique zing to food dishes, cocktails or desserts.

    mint leaves for mint coffee

    You can buy edible chocolate mint coffee. Just like chocolate strawberry coffee beans, you eat these beans straight from the bag. The result is creamy, minty treats with a slightly crispy shell. Perfect for snacking throughout the day or serving at parties.

    If you want a hot, minty drink, there are coffee beans available for that too. If you've never tried mocha mint coffee beans, it could be time to expand your horizons! You'll experience a comforting cup of coffee laced with rich and creamy milk chocolate. Just a hint of peppermint adds a new dimension and somehow makes the drink that little bit more festive.

    You can brew this as a simple Americano, as the flavors do their job well. There's no need to add sugar or whipped cream. Although, if you do want to make this drink even more decadent, there's no reason you shouldn't! Whipped cream and sprinkles of mint chocolate will create a minty mocha coffee to replace your favorite desert.

    The Bottom Line

    So, here you have it. Seven beautiful coffee flavors - that's one for each day of the week! Flavored coffee is shedding its reputation as being low quality. We know that there are roasters out there that would never compromise on the best coffee beans. They roast the beans expertly, making the most out of the added flavor.

    Try all seven and explore the other tastes out there! Let us know what your favorite flavor is. Are there any others we should try? Let’s read on (part 2) and (part 3).

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