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​French Press to Impress: Fall Concoctions

Posted by on October 21, 2016

Fall is a time during which we seek comfort from the things that we eat and drink. As the air becomes crisper and the climate colder, our minds wander to robust and flourishing additions we can quickly add to our usual routines in order to infuse the day with extra flavor.

Since coffee is a big part of many people’s daily routine, it’s no wonder that the populous looks to “spice” things up in autumn. Occasionally, we hear that pumpkin is involved in this process.

If the “PSL” isn’t your thing, however, there’s no reason that you should miss out on the fall festivities in your morning mug. There’s something about a French press this time of year that makes a cup of coffee stand out… maybe it’s the unique way in which the brewer is given time to inhale the coffee’s steamy aroma, or maybe there’s just something indescribably aesthetically pleasing about pressing your way to caffeinated happiness.

Whether you use a French press, percolator, automatic coffee maker or otherwise, here are three hot coffee recipes to take your palate over the edge. This may disappoint some, but no pumpkins will be harmed in the making of these coffee beverages:

Something Sweet:

Maple-Vanilla Mocha

If you like a sweet coffee beverage to carry you through winter, here’s one that requires no granulated sugar. Instead, this coffee drink gets its flavor from inherently sweet products of nature like chocolate and maple syrup.

Now, the kind of chocolate sauce you use for this drink can have a big impact on how healthy it is. Store-bought chocolate syrup is fine, but if you’re a stickler for healthy products without added sugar, try this natural chocolate sauce recipe before you’re ready to make your cup of coffee. Otherwise, you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup of hot coffee
  • 3 Tb of milk/cream (Use more or less as preferred)
  • 1 Tb of chocolate syrup
  • 1 Tb maple syrup
  • 1 tspvanilla extract

Once you’ve got these items, stir them together in your cup with a spoon, and you’re ready for a sweet start to the day!

Something Savory:

Coco-Nutmeg Coffee w/ Almond Milk

This one is a great choice from those PSL-fixated individuals who are looking for a surrogate coffee beverage to help kick the habit. You’ll need:

1 Cup of hot coffee

4 Tb unsweetened almond milk

1 Tb coconut oil

1 tsp ground nutmeg

Just like before, all you really need to do for this one is mix the ingredients list above together, and voila! You’ve got yourself a savory coffee beverage capable of kicking your old PSL off of its throne.

If you’d like to add the flare of your local latte to your coffee cup, but you don’t have an espresso machine, try seeking advice for frothing almond milk at home.

Something in the Middle:

Honey-Lilac Latte

This may sound like another sweet coffee drink to add to your list of morning desserts, but there is a secret ingredient that keeps it from being too sugary. It doesn’t actually need to be a latte to be delicious… a good strong cup of coffee will do but a shot of espresso always helps. Here’s the breakdown of ingredients:

1 Cup of fresh hot coffee (latte or not-tay)

2 Tb of lilac simple syrup

2 tsp of raw honey

1 bay leaf

Just add the simple syrup and honey to your cup, then place the bay leaf in the coffee, cover, and let it steep for 5 minutes before removing the bay leaf to enjoy. Make sure you use fresh coffee to keep it from cooling too much while steeping.

No matter how you choose to drink your coffee in any season, the most important thing is the quality of the beans. Coffee needs to undergo strict growing and processing stages to guarantee that the flavor is maintained and preserved. We endure rigorous requirements of the methods used in the processing of our premium Ka’u coffee beans, relying on old-fashioned strategies that don’t rely on modern, unintuitive machines.

Shop online to order a bag of our coffee beans today, and before you know it, you’ll be sipping on an incomparable flavor all the way from Hawaii!