A few weeks ago, we posted a blog about some alternative sweeteners you could try with your coffee, I figured I’d do something similar. With our 2nd annual Brew-BQ underway, we asked you guys to come up with creative recipes that include coffee as an ingredient. For this blog, I’ve sort of turned that idea on its head and tried to come up with some creative things to add to your coffee instead! Okay, so maybe some of these ingredients aren’t that outrageous, but as I perused the infinite vastness of the Internet, these were the few that stuck with me.
- Butter: I figured I’d mention this one first, as I considered it both shocking and mundane at the same time. Shocking because how could butter possibly be good for you? Mundane because it’s a common household item. In any case, from what I’ve read, butter allegedly helps lessen the bitterness of coffee and make the drink creamier (provided, of course, that you’re using unsalted butter). Next time you’re in Tibet, be sure to pick up some grass-fed yak butter, apparently it works best.
- Salt: Now this is an additive I actually have tried in my coffee. I remembered hearing about putting salt in coffee a few years ago in college and wound up giving it a try. Similar to what was said about butter, salt is supposed to suppress the bitter flavors in the coffee (and make it taste more like coffee?). Now, I won’t say that all coffee is inherently bitter, especially considering all of the different methods of preparation, roast profiles, origins, etc., but a little bitterness isn’t really a bad thing. Honestly, adding salt to coffee simply made it taste more like salt in my experience. Maybe I put in too much, but who knows. Also, unlike the butter, salt can be added before or after brewing, but I’ve never tried the latter.
- Brown Sugar: Yep, I’m putting this one on here as well. While bleached white sugar sweetens coffee, brown sugar also adds a bit of molasses flavor to the mix, which might not be a bad thing. I imagine, as opposed to actually adding molasses itself, brown sugar probably won’t impact the viscosity of your drink as much. Alternatively, you could try cane sugar.
- Cardamom: For those of you who don’t know what cardamom is, it’s the third most expensive spice in the world. More specifically though, it’s one of the key ingredients in masala chai and, according to our CS manager, it blends well with coffee. Cardamom tastes somewhat similar to cinnamon or ginger and ground cardamom can be added to coffee prior to brewing.