Herb Infused Coffee Recipes

These herb infused coffee recipes unite my love of herbs and spices with my long-standing affection for coffee. I was in herb school the first time I quit coffee or maybe I should say, “tried to quit” coffee. It’s an on-again, off-again affair for me. Like any other medicinal plant, coffee is not for everyone and too much of anything, especially a strong stimulant is rarely a good thing. These days I try to save my coffee indulgence for special occasions and insist on really, really good coffee. Infusing coffee with herbs and spices makes it that much more special, rich and complex. 

I typically prepare my coffee using the pour-over-method which will work for the recipes below. However, the cold brew method works best for herb infused coffee because the longer steep times allow for better extraction of the herbal constituents. Of course, it helps to start with the highest quality, organic, fair trade coffee beans you can buy and grind them just before brewing. It’s also important to me to buy from a local coffee roaster. 

For a better extraction, I recommend grinding the herbs in these recipes before mixing with your ground coffee beans. The exception is the cinnamon chips in the last recipe for Spiced Coffee. If you’re going to prepare Spiced Coffee using the pour-over method use cinnamon chips rather than ground cinnamon powder. The ground cinnamon slows down the drip time so significantly, your coffee will be cold long before the pour-over is finished filtering. 

Lavender Coffee

Makes approximately 4 cups of coffee.

2 tsp ground Lavender Flowers
2 tsp ground Coriander
1 tsp ground Cardamom

Add one heaping teaspoon of herb blend per cup to ground coffee beans.

Mocha Mint Coffee

Makes approximately 4 cups of coffee.

2 tbsp ground dried Peppermint
2 tsp Cacao Powder

Add two teaspoons of herb blend per cup to ground coffee beans.

Chocolate Chili Coffee

Makes approximately 4 cups of coffee.

1 tbsp + 1 tsp Cacao Powder
¼ - ½ tsp Cayenne

Add one heaping teaspoon of spiced herb blend per cup to ground coffee beans.

Spiced Coffee

Makes approximately 4 cups of coffee.

1 tbsp ground Cardamom
1 tsp Cinnamon Chips
½ tsp ground Black Pepper
¼ tsp ground Cloves

Add one heaping teaspoon of spice blend per cup to ground coffee beans.

If you give any of these recipes a try, let me know what you think! Leave a comment and let me know if you have any questions. And don’t forget to take a picture of your herb infused coffee and tag it with #nectarherbandtea on Instagram! I love seeing how you incorporate herbs into your life. 

much love,

suzanne

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