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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Natural, Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spiced Coffee


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 [1] 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 [2] 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...

Oh my!!

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


Directions:

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?


Citations: 
1. From the Starbucks website
2. The Mayo Clinic



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13 comments:

  1. Yum! This sounds great! And I love that it doesn't cost much to make it.

    My favorite way to drink coffee is to make a strong, flavored brew at home (like this) and add a T. of Sugarfree Vanilla Creamer. I know that the creamer isn't great for you...but I only use a T. and I literally measure it out everyday.

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    1. I love vanilla coffee, too. I actually just found vanilla powder at my local ethnic market and I intend to try that mixed in with my coffee grounds. I used to cook with it when I was studying in Egypt (they don't sell vanilla extract there), and it smells heavenly!!

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  2. I'm not a big coffee drinker either, but this sounds downright delicious. :)

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    1. It's pretty tasty, and the smell alone is worth it ;)

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  3. Sounds delicious! I only drink coffee as a special treat nowadays, and this sounds perfect for that.

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    1. If you only do it once in awhile you might as well go for broke and add the whipped cream ;p

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  4. Yum.. I can almost smell it now :).

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  5. I made this wonderful pumpkin spiced coffee today and I loved it! What a fabulous way to spice up my morning! Thank you for sharing this wonderful post at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. So glad you liked it! And thanks for hosting the link party, Deborah :)

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  6. You almost make me wish I drank coffee.. Thanks for posting at Healing with Food Friday.

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  7. This sounds wonderful! Going to give it a try--thanks for sharing! Blessings, Cecilia

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  8. Made this last week and everyone loved it!

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    1. So glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know :)

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