Fall seems to be the best time of year for delicious contemplative flavors. From pumpkin to cranberries, and all of the marvelous pairings of those flavors, both sweet and savory dishes prepare us for settling in to the rhythms of seasonal life. We prepare for winter's rest and slower pace as we cuddle under warm blankets and wait out the plummeting mercury.
This fall, we've been tinkering with coffee concoctions for the season. With a new baby around, we've been relying a little heavily on our daily cups of joy (aka coffee) and have worked to spice them up a bit to celebrate the season. Here are our top three fall coffee hacks:
Yes, we went there. In all fairness, doesn't everyone go there? We promise ours is better than the one with a green siren on the front, if that's any consolation.
Our pumpkin spice latte starts with two tablespoons of freshly roasted pureed pumpkin (or you can use canned, if you're into that), a hefty dose of 100% maple syrup, heavy cream (we love ours straight from the farm), and a liberal sprinkle of pumpkin pie spices on top. We could drink this all day!
Homemade Coffee Creamer
Technically you can make and enjoy homemade coffee creamer any time of the year, but we just now discovered it and it's fall, so it made the cut (judge if you will). This concoction is a simple blend of one can of sweetened condensed milk, one(ish) cups of whole milk, and a healthy dash of vanilla extract. You can, of course, use any type of milk and flavor combination that you prefer. To make it extra fall-like, add some pumpkin pie spice or a cinnamon stick. Either way, one batch of this creamer will last you until the milk's expiration date (usually about a week) in a mason jar in the refrigerator. Shake well, add to coffee, stir, and enjoy!
Coconut Butter Coffee
We recently discovered something new (to us) and absolutely divine: coconut butter. It may or may not have flown from the shelf in Wegman's to the cart and "accidentally" end up on the conveyor in the checkout line. We also may or may not need to keep it behind lock and key to keep from eating the whole jar with a spoon.
Inspired by a concept from Keto diets, which advocate the addition of all sorts of weird fats to coffee in place of the traditional cream, we decided to add coconut butter to a mug of coffee just to see what it was like. The creaminess was very good and developed almost a latte-like foam on top however, the texture was also slightly grainy. We'd recommend melting the coconut butter fully before adding it to coffee or sending the entire mixture into the blender for a few seconds before consuming for best results.
We hope you're inspired to try one of these fall twists on your favorite coffee and find a new favorite. Have another recipe you'd like us to try? Let us know in a comment below.
From the Dredges
Like that delightfully weird puddle of grounds that a freshly empty French Press cup leaves behind, here is where we share some of our ideas about coffee.