Although coffee tastes great on its own, sometimes gourmet coffee drinkers prefer something more unusual. That’s where flavored coffee comes in. Flavored coffee has increased in popularity since the 1990s and is now in high demand. Some of the most common coffee flavors include:
- Buttered rum
- French vanilla
- Irish cream
- Pumpkin (usually available seasonally).
Flavored Coffee Beans
One way to add flavor to your coffee is by purchasing flavored coffee beans. Flavored beans are made by adding flavor oils to the coffee beans. Many of these oils are natural, including cocoa beans, vanilla beans, nuts, berries, cloves and cinnamon. However, a variety of other artificial flavors can also be added to coffee beans.
Flavored gourmet coffee is typically made using Arabica beans, although sometimes flavoring is used to cover up the mediocrity of Robusta beans. Unfortunately, a subpar bean typically results in a subpar cup of coffee, so if you are a coffee connoisseur, check to make sure that your flavored coffee was made using Arabica beans.
Flavored Coffee Syrups
Rather than dealing with the hassle of flavored beans, many gourmet coffee shops and coffee drinkers use flavored syrup when making coffee drinks. Flavored coffee syrups are more convenient than beans, especially if you only want one cup of flavored coffee or if you like to mix up your flavors. Flavored syrups also have a much wider variety than flavored coffee beans.
The biggest downside to using flavored coffee syrups is the added calorie count. Most flavored syrups are very sweet, which can pose a problem for dieters or anyone watching their sugar intake. If sugar is a problem for you, consider sticking with flavored coffee beans or seeking out sugar-free or low-calorie flavored syrups.
Some people prefer to use flavored creamers in their coffee. However, these creamers often have added sugar, fat and preservatives in them. If you wish to avoid adding unnatural ingredients to your coffee, stick to coffee beans that have been flavored using natural oils.