All Things Coffee ~ 8 Hacks for Coffee Lovers

Coffee Lovers, This is for You!

Do you like your COFFEE as much as we do? There are so many ways to prepare and flavor our favorite brew. Whether you like flavored beans, creamers, International Coffees, iced coffee, or even Coffee Liqueur, we have recipes for it all you can make at home!

And for all of my dehydrating friends, you have the extra added choice of flavoring these with your fruit powders! Throw some dehydrated fruit powder (like raspberry and cacao) into your brew and you have a great dessert coffee. Yum…


Instant Coffee Flavored Blends

Instant Coffee BlendsMaxwell House International House of Coffee Blends is very popular but 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.

Enjoy our recipes here: 8 Flavored International Café Instant Coffee Blends.


Iced Coffees

Iced CoffeeIced coffee is perfect for our Starbucks generation. Part of the beauty of making your own iced coffee at home is that you can make it exactly as you prefer. Use these recipes as a basis, but take some time playing around with the proportions of flavorings, coffee, milk and/or ice to make it just right for you. Iced coffee is just a cold variant of coffee. Brew coffee—any style or brew system works, and pour over ice.

In more recent times it has become common for coffee shops to offer ‘iced’ versions of their most popular coffee drinks. The iced latte and iced mocha are the two most common examples of this. A quick way of preparing such drinks is to make a small quantity of strong, hot espresso, dissolving the required sweetener/flavorings in the hot liquid and then pouring this directly into a cup of ice cold milk, a method common in busier coffee shops.

Enjoy our recipes here: Good to the Last Drop—12 DIY Iced Coffees.


Flavored Coffee Beans

Coffee BeansSo you love your cup of Java flavored? Nothing wrong with that. However, what IS wrong are the chemicals used to flavor commercial coffee beans. And the expense? Holy cow! Add to that, your favorite beans may not be available in different flavors which can be off-putting when reaching for that bag to brew your morning go-juice. So why not make your own? It is fun, easy, very inexpensive, AND you know exactly what is in your jolt of caffeine.

Enjoy our recipes here: The Best Part of Waking Up, Naturally Flavored Coffee Beans.


Liquid Flavored Coffee Creamers

Liquid CreamerFlavored coffee creamers are sweet and smooth, with all sorts of different flavors from which to choose. They turn an ordinary cup of coffee into a tasty treat and iced coffee into a wonderful summertime refreshment.

If, like my family, you are passionate about store-bought creamer but don’t want all the processed junk and the high prices, try some of these homemade recipes. Each recipe takes about 10-15 minutes to whip up. You can double or even triple them if you’d like to have enough to last a little while. They store well in the freezer.

Enjoy our recipes here: Yes Virginia, There IS a Homemade Liquid Creamer!


Powdered Flavored Coffee Creamers

Powdered CreamerDo you wish you didn’t have to shell out big bucks for those flavored creamers at the grocery store that always seem to taste like weird chemicals? Want a little flavor in your coffee but your teenager just used the last of the coffee creamer and didn’t tell you? Or maybe you forgot to buy it?

Powdered creamers are far more potent than liquid creamers. Only one teaspoon of a powdered creamer equals a couple of tablespoons of liquid creamer. Powdered creamers also last longer than liquid creamers, especially the liquid creamers that need to be refrigerated after opening. So for those who do not consume large quantities of coffee with creamer a day, keeping a powdered creamer may be the most cost-effective way to go. Making your own creamers and storing them in your pantry is, by far, the cheapest way to go.

Enjoy our recipes here: Homemade Powdered Creamers WITHOUT the Weird Ingredients.


Homemade Extracts to Flavor Coffee Products


I was asked, “Can’t you also save money by making the extracts used in your recipes?” My answer to that is YES!

Enjoy our recipes here: 4 Homemade Extracts for Coffee Creamers.


Coffee Liqueurs

KahluaCoffee beans of all roasts can be used, but the darker roasts flavor the liqueurs most intensely. As a rule, coffee liqueurs can be steeped in vodka, but tequila has also been used. Rum adds a subtly to coffee that is delicious. Flavored coffee beans additionally insert unique flavors into the coffee liqueur. Try chocolate and almond in your coffee liqueur for further depth.

Enjoy our homemade Kahlua recipe here: Taste the Seduction of Homemade Liqueurs.


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2 thoughts on “All Things Coffee ~ 8 Hacks for Coffee Lovers

  1. Jamie Marie says:

    Yummy, I do love my coffee, thank you for sharing with us on the homesteader hop!

    1. Admin says:

      I shared that one because of your comment last week 🙂

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