When the colder weather sets in, there is nothing better than a warm cup of coffee. Winter is a popular time for flavoured coffee, and is a season that many associates with their favourite holiday, Christmas! This is why many coffee drinkers reach for flavoured coffee at this time of year, especially flavours such as ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Other popular winter coffee flavours include:
Adding a few teaspoons of spice can result in a perfect winter coffee drink. The perfect winter coffee spice mix can be made up of the following:
Make sure to add these spices to your coffee blend before adding your hot water. Play around with the amounts of your chosen spices to find the right taste for you. These spices pair best with Brazilian coffee beans. This is because Brazilian coffee beans tend to have a nutty and chocolatey flavour profile, which will complement the suggested spices.
Most winter coffee spice mixes are consumed without milk so that the flavours are enjoyed at their maximum potential.
Peppermint and winter go hand-in-hand. Peppermint candy canes are a synonymous symbol of winter and the holiday spirit that is celebrated during the colder months. To add a little peppermint pick-me-up in those colder mornings all you need is:
The undertones of the white chocolate will enable the peppermint to shine through the bitter taste of the coffee.
Gingerbread is one of the most popular flavour choices for winter coffees and is probably one of the best Christmas coffees. It is easy enough to replicate the flavour of these tasty baked cookies in your coffee. By combining ginger and cinnamon and adding it to your blend, you will have your very own gingerbread-inspired coffee.
Mochas are a much-loved coffee by many, as much as they are enjoyed for their simple combined taste of coffee and chocolate, a mocha can also be combined with other winter coffee flavours.
Springtime calls for fresh, light and renewing flavours. The taste of spring is vastly different to that of the colder winter months, rather than being centred around warming flavours, spring focuses more on the light balance of fruity flavours.
Matcha saw a surge in popularity in 2020 during the lockdown and is still proving to be an extremely popular spring coffee flavour choice. Matcha is a finely ground powder which comes from specially grown and processed green tea leaves and is traditionally consumed in East Asia.
Lavender sugar-free syrup is a popular flavour choice for coffee lovers during the spring months. It is sweet and woody taste pairs perfectly with the bitterness of dark blend coffee. Lavender syrup is popularly added to an iced latte but tastes equally as good in a hot latte too.
There is nothing better than a refreshing drink when the sun is shining and the weather is warm. This is the season that iced coffees are at their most popular. Not only do coffee drinkers desire coffee, but one that quenches their thirst, and cools them down. Zesty, light and fruity flavours are sought after during the warmer months.
These types of flavours are ideal for summertime, they are light, refreshing and fresh. Tropical coffee-flavoured drinks such as coconut coffee are a popular choice. Combining the plant-based milk alternative coconut milk, vanilla syrup, and cooled espresso and blending with ice cubes, creates a creamy cool coffee.
Combining citrus flavours with coffee may sound like an unusual combination, however, this is a coffee trend that has seen growing interest over the past years. Nevertheless, citrus flavours shouldn’t be paired with just any coffee blend, they should be combined with an Arabica coffee bean coffee. This is due to the Arabica bean already having citrus notes due to the elevations from which they originate.
Popular citrus combinations include:
As the days get a little colder and the colours start changing, so do the coffee trends of autumn. Once again, coffee-drinker reach for more warming, spiced coffees, as opposed to fruity and light coffees.
Pumpkin is a flavour that not many associates with coffee, however, despite its originality, pumpkin-flavoured coffee is becoming increasingly popular. Pumpkin-spiced lattes are a firm favourite during the colourful autumn season. They are the perfect blend of warmth and earthy spices.
Most pumpkin spice recipes consist of pumpkin puree, spices and of course, hot coffee. However, you can make the taste of the flavoured coffee to your liking, by using dark and light roasts or playing around with your coffee and milk ratios.
Chai coffee is another popular autumn coffee choice. Chai is usually consumed with a latte, in which black chai tea is used. Chai is a mixture of several spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, cloves, star anise, and cardamom. Chai is best blended with a shot, or two, depending on how strong you want your coffee, with espresso.
There are other popular coffee trends that hit the coffee world by storm, such as the Dalgona coffee trend, flash brew coffee, and ‘ready-drink coffee’. All of which are still very much prevalent in today’s coffee society.
Coffee trends are ever-changing, and some are here to stay as others come and go. However, in the coffee-sphere consumers will never be short of wonderful and wacky coffee trends to try throughout the changing seasons.
If you want more great coffee ideas, or simply want to try making some at home, take a look at our article on how to make the perfect coffee, next.