I don't drink a lot of coffee. It makes me jittery. But from time to time I do need a bit of a "pick-me-up" (especially on these cold almost-winter mornings). And when I do sip a cuppa, I like a bit of flavour.
But a tall, 12 oz Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is a whopping 300 calories  and costs somewhere in the $5 range. Even store bought flavoured coffee grounds are more expensive, usually contain artificial ingredients and sweeteners and questionable flavouring, and many of them are not fair trade or organic.
However, a plain cup of homebrew with no milk or sugar is only 2 calories  and costs only a few cents. Making it pumpkin spiced is as easy as brewing a cup of coffee. Here's how I do it...
This is a method I came up with a couple of years ago when I was craving a flavoured cup of coffee at home. The first time around I tried putting the spices directly in the cup of coffee, but the effect was less than desirable (a bit grainy and overpowering). So the next time I put the spices in with the grounds and...
Our whole apartment smelled like pumpkin spice coffee.
If that isn't aromatherapy I don't know what is.
So this is what I do:
Ingredients (makes 5 cups):
5 cups filtered water
5 scoops organic coffee grounds (more or less depending on how strong you like it)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/16 tsp ground cloves
Organic sugar and milk of choice as desired (cow, rice, almond, coconut, etc)
Whipping cream if desired
1. Add water to the filter of coffee maker. Add coffee grounds and spices to the maker (I usually just dump the spices on top of the ground as I measure them out, and they seem to disperse just fine)
2. Brew coffee as usual and add any extras you like!
* In the summer I've been known to brew this extra strong and blend it in the blender with a few ice cubes for an iced spiced coffee.
And there you have it! A spiced coffee for pennies at home :)
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How do you like YOUR coffee?
1. From the Starbucks website
2. The Mayo Clinic
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