8 Flavored International Café Instant Coffee Blends


Part 8 of the Series on
DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen


flavored coffee blendsMaxwell House International House of Coffee Blends ares very popular but are expensive. Folgers and Nescafé flavored coffees are not much cheaper. But I like these Instant Coffee Blends because I can keep them in the pantry for a quick treat, take them along with me if I am working, or give them as nice gifts. Consider making these favorites at home. Not only are these flavored coffees tasty, you may want to consider making these coffees as inexpensive gifts for friends, family and co-workers.

Making your own instant flavored coffee mixes is quick and easy and far less expensive than purchasing brand name mixtures. These recipes are all designed with the least amount of sugar/sweetener. Unless the flavor itself depends on the sugar, there is just enough to give these blends a natural creamy taste. Those who drink sugar in their flavored coffees may add more to their mix. You can make these hot or iced, whichever way you choose.

These coffees also have a bolder taste than the brands that have tried to imitate it with weak sugary mixes. I use Mount Hagen Organic Instant Coffee or Nescafé Blend, but you can use whatever you prefer, regular or decaf. The recipe for the basic powdered coffee creamer is in my post Homemade Powdered Creamers WITHOUT the Weird Ingredients.  Try them, I think you will enjoy!

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Amaretto Mocha (Chocolate-Almond) Instant Coffee Blend

Yield: 2-1/3 cups

1 cup instant coffee granules
1 cup basic powdered coffee creamer
1/3 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp. almond extract

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a blender or food processor until well blended.
  2. Slowly pour the almond extract over the dry ingredients with the machine on until everything is coated with the flavoring.
  3. Store the coffee mixture in an airtight container until needed. Allow several days for the flavors to absorb and meld together.
  4. You can also keep the flavored coffee in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the time period that the flavor will remain strong if you wish.

To make a cup of coffee:

Use 1 heaping Tbsp. per 1 cup hot boiling water, stir until dissolved. Adjust to taste. Add sweetener as desired.

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Café Bavarian Mint Instant Coffee Blend

Yield: 2-1/2 cups

1 cup instant coffee granules
1 cup basic powdered coffee creamer
1/2 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp. peppermint extract

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a blender or food processor until well blended.
  2. Slowly pour the peppermint extract over the dry ingredients with the machine on until everything is coated with the flavoring.
  3. Store the coffee mixture in an airtight container until needed. Allow several days for the flavors to absorb and meld together.
  4. You can also keep the flavored coffee in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the time period that the flavor will remain strong if you wish.

To make a cup of coffee:

Use 1 heaping Tbsp. per 1 cup hot boiling water, stir until dissolved. Adjust to taste. Add sweetener as desired.

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Café Orange Cappuccino Instant Coffee Blend

Yield: 2 cups

1 cup instant coffee granules
1 cup basic powdered coffee creamer
1-1/2 tsp. grated dried orange peel or orange extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a blender or food processor until well blended.
  2. Slowly pour the peppermint extract over the dry ingredients with the machine on until everything is coated with the flavoring.
  3. Store the coffee mixture in an airtight container until needed. Allow several days for the flavors to absorb and meld together.
  4. You can also keep the flavored coffee in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the time period that the flavor will remain strong if you wish.

To make a cup of coffee:

Use 1 heaping Tbsp. per 1 cup hot boiling water, stir until dissolved. Adjust to taste. Add sweetener as desired.

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Café Vanilla Latte Instant Coffee Blend

Yield: 2 cups

1 cup instant coffee granules
1 cup basic powdered coffee creamer
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a blender or food processor until well blended.
  2. Slowly pour the vanilla extract over the dry ingredients with the machine on until everything is coated with the flavoring.
  3. Store the coffee mixture in an airtight container until needed. Allow several days for the flavors to absorb and meld together.
  4. You can also keep the flavored coffee in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the time period that the flavor will remain strong if you wish.

To make a cup of coffee:

Use 1 heaping Tbsp. per 1 cup hot boiling water, stir until dissolved. Adjust to taste. Add sweetener as desired.

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Caramel Mocha Instant Coffee Blend

Yield: 4-1/2 cups

1 cup instant coffee granules
1 cup basic powdered coffee creamer
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk powder
1 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened powdered cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a blender or food processor until well blended.
  2. Slowly pour the vanilla extract over the dry ingredients with the machine on until everything is coated with the flavoring.
  3. Store the coffee mixture in an airtight container until needed. Allow several days for the flavors to absorb and meld together.
  4. You can also keep the flavored coffee in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the time period that the flavor will remain strong if you wish.

To make a cup of coffee:

Use 1 heaping Tbsp. per 1 cup hot boiling water, stir until dissolved. Adjust to taste. Add sweetener as desired.

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Hazelnut Café Instant Coffee Blend

Yield: 2 cups

1 cup instant coffee granules
1 cup basic powdered coffee creamer
1 Tbsp. hazelnut extract

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a blender or food processor until well blended.
  2. Slowly pour the hazelnut extract over the dry ingredients with the machine on until everything is coated with the flavoring.
  3. Store the coffee mixture in an airtight container until needed. Allow several days for the flavors to absorb and meld together.
  4. You can also keep the flavored coffee in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the time period that the flavor will remain strong if you wish.

To make a cup of coffee:

Use 1 heaping Tbsp. per 1 cup hot boiling water, stir until dissolved. Adjust to taste. Add sweetener as desired.

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Pumpkin-Spice Latte Instant Coffee Blend

Yield: 1 cup

1 cup instant coffee granules
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground allspice

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a blender or food processor until well blended.
  2. Store the coffee mixture in an airtight container until needed. Allow several days for the flavors to absorb and meld together.
  3. You can also keep the flavored coffee in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the time period that the flavor will remain strong if you wish.

To make a cup of coffee:

Use 1 heaping Tbsp. per 1 cup hot boiling water, stir until dissolved. Adjust to taste. Add sweetener as desired.

You can also add 1 cup basic powdered coffee creamer to this recipe.

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Swiss Mocha Instant Coffee Blend

Yield: 2-3/4 cups

1 cup instant coffee granules
1 cup basic powdered coffee creamer
1/2 cup dry non-fat milk powder
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a blender or food processor until well blended.
  2. Slowly pour the vanilla extract over the dry ingredients with the machine on until everything is coated with the flavoring.
  3. Store the coffee mixture in an airtight container until needed. Allow several days for the flavors to absorb and meld together.
  4. You can also keep the flavored coffee in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the time period that the flavor will remain strong if you wish.

To make a cup of coffee:

Use 1 heaping Tbsp. per 1 cup hot boiling water, stir until dissolved. Adjust to taste. Add sweetener as desired.

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