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How to Flavor Coffee Beans?

Adding flavor to your cup of joe alleviates it to a new world of new tastes and aromas. So, how do you add flavor to your cup of joe? You can incorporate your favorite flavor into your coffee using different techniques. They include:

  • Adding flavor to the coffee beans before grinding them.
  • Adding flavor to your brewing pot during the brewing process.
  • Adding flavor to your cup of coffee after brewing it.


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In this article, we will be discussing different ways you can add flavor to your coffee beans, the types of coffee bean flavors, and tips you can use if you want to buy flavored coffee beans rather than flavoring the coffee beans by yourself. In addition to this, we will highlight the different ways you can add flavor to your brewed cup of joe.

Let’s begin!


Ways to Flavor Coffee Beans

There are a lot of coffee bean flavors available on the market today. As a result of technology, people can now infuse coffee beans with any flavor they want.

However, flavored coffee beans fall under four main categories. These are:

  • Nutty flavor
  • Chocolate flavor
  • Fruit-based flavor
  • Spice flavor


The flavor combination depends on your preferences. You can choose to combine chocolate and hazelnut or cinnamon and vanilla. The combination as mentioned earlier depends on your tastes. Some other available flavors you can add to your coffee beans are caramel, pumpkin, rum, toasted coconut, Irish cream, toffee, eggnog, and peppermint.

There are different ways you can use to flavor coffee beans. They include:

  • Use of oil
  • Use of spices
  • Use of alcohol
  • Use of syrups


The best stage to flavor coffee beans is after roasting them. However, wait for them to cool a bit before you can flavor them. Warm roasted coffee beans absorb flavor well compared to cold coffee beans. Warm roasted coffee beans are porous, and you will require less flavor to attain the taste you need.

On the other hand, the use of hot roasted coffee beans will pose another problem. Hot roasted coffee beans will lead to evaporation and vaporization of flavor. A good temperature to flavor roasted coffee beans is between 100 Fahrenheit and 150 Fahrenheit.


How much of the flavor Should You Add to the Coffee Beans?

The amount of flavor to add to your coffee beans depends on your tastes and preferences. However, there is a golden ratio of the amount of flavor you should add to your coffee beans to avoid messing up the taste of your coffee.

For a flavored cup of coffee, add 3% of the flavor. This means that depending on the weight of coffee beans you use; ensure you add 3% flavor of the coffee beans weight.

Adding more than 3% flavor can mess up your coffee, and you end up having a cup of coffee full of flavor. The best thing is to experiment starting with less flavor, and adjusting from there until you find the taste bud you like.

Let’s begin with how you can flavor your coffee beans using oil.


How to Flavor Coffee Beans Using Oil

This is the most popular method used to flavor coffee beans, and the best part of this method is that it is easy to do on your own. Here are steps you can follow to flavor your coffee beans with oil. Before we take a look at the procedure, use less than 3% oil of the coffee bean’s weight. It depends on your preferences.

  • In a bowl or bag, add some roasted coffee beans.
  • Add some oil to the coffee beans. The ratio for the oil is one or three tablespoons of oil for one pound of coffee.
  • Toss the coffee beans by hand.
  • Leave the coffee beans there for an hour for maximum absorption of flavor.

The more time you leave the coffee beans in the oil, the more the flavor is added to them.


How to Flavor Coffee Beans Using Spices

Spices are used to add flavor not only to the coffee beans but also to your cup of coffee. Some of the spices used to add flavor to coffee beans are cinnamon sticks, peppermint, vanilla pods, clove buds, nutmeg seeds, and many other types of spices.

However, flavoring your coffee with spices takes time, and the method requires patience. Here are steps you can follow to spice up your coffee beans.

  • In a bowl, mix the whole spices with warm roasted coffee beans.
  • Put the coffee beans together with the spices in an airtight container.
  • Store the container in a cool and dark place.

The longer you store the coffee beans, the more intense flavor in the coffee beans.


How to Flavor Coffee Beans Using Alcohol

This method is used if you want to achieve a unique coffee taste. In this case, the most common alcohol used to flavor coffee beans is whiskey. Here are some steps you can follow to flavor your coffee beans with whiskey.

  • Place the roasted coffee beans in an airtight container.
  • Pour the whiskey directly into the container.
  • Close the container and shake it for a few minutes.
  • Store the airtight container in a cool and dark place for 24 hours.
  • Taste the mixture after 24 hours to check whether you have achieved the flavor you wanted.
  • If you haven’t, shake the container or rather the mixture for a few more minutes, then store it back for eight to sixteen hours.
  • After eight to sixteen hours, strain the coffee beans to get rid of the alcohol.
  • Dry the coffee beans, then store them in an airtight container in a cool and dark place.


How to Flavor Coffee Beans Using Syrup

A lot of big businesses use this technique to flavor coffee beans. It is an easy method and will give you enriched coffee beans. For this method, you can make your syrup which is way too easy, or buy ready-made syrup.

For the ready-made syrup, you can buy a base syrup like vanilla. Vanilla is accessible, absorbs well when mixed with the coffee beans, and does not overpower the natural flavor in coffee. You can combine the vanilla syrup with the flavor you choose to give your coffee a distinct taste.

To make a syrup, all you need is equal amounts of sugar and water. Then you can choose the syrup flavor you want. Some flavors to choose from are caramel, hazelnut, cinnamon, peppermint, orange, and pumpkin.


Here are some steps you can follow to flavor coffee beans using syrup.

  • Choose the syrup you want to use. It can be a ready-made syrup or your homemade syrup.
  • Add a small amount of syrup to your warm roasted coffee beans in a bowl. High concentrations of syrup will lead to bitter coffee.
  • Mix the coffee beans with the syrup using your hands or mixing equipment for at least 15 minutes.


Flavored Coffee Beans

If you don’t have the time to add flavors to your coffee beans, you can always buy flavored coffee beans. You can find them in a roastery, cafes, specialty coffee shops, and online stores. Depending on the manufacturer, some of them, flavor the coffee beans to mask low-quality coffee beans or stale coffee beans. So, it’s better to add some flavor to the coffee beans yourself rather than buying already flavored beans. When adding flavor to coffee beans, you have total control over the type of flavor to add.

Apart from the quality of the flavored beans. Here are some other factors to consider when buying flavored coffee beans.


  • Price

Unlike unflavored coffee beans, the price of flavored coffee beans is high. If you come across cheap flavored coffee beans, that’s an indication of an unethical source of the beans or the low quality of the coffee beans.


  • Manufacturer

Make sure that the coffee beans are from a reputable manufacturer to avoid having to sacrifice the quality of the beans for the flavor. Ensure that the manufacturer has included the ingredients, the source of the beans, and the coffee bean type on their website, especially if you’re purchasing the flavored coffee beans online.


  • Type of coffee beans

When it comes to the type of beans, choose Arabica coffee beans. These are quality coffee beans, and when infused with flavors they have the best results. Getting good quality coffee beans can have you cut on the flavor you need to add to your coffee beans or your coffee.


Worldwide Coffee Bean Flavoring

Coffee bean flavoring is not a new invention. The art of coffee bean flavoring has been in practice and still is in practice today all around the world.


Here are examples of coffee bean flavoring in different parts of the world

  • In Morocco, Moroccans add spices to coffee beans to add flavor. Some of these spices are nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and black pepper.
  • In Senegal, they flavor coffee beans using cloves or Guinea pepper.
  • In Mexico, they flavor coffee beans using cloves, anise, and cinnamon.
  • Arab countries flavor their coffee beans using spices such as cardamom, saffron, ginger, and cinnamon.

Apart from adding flavor to the coffee beans, there are other ways you can add flavor to your coffee. They include:


  • Vanilla Extract

Adding a small amount of vanilla extract goes a long way to adding flavor to your cup of coffee. If you’re looking to cut on too much sugar and creams, adding some vanilla extract is the way to go.


  • Cinnamon

Just like adding cinnamon to your coffee beans helps add flavor to the beans, the same applies to your cup of coffee. A sprinkle of cinnamon to your cup of coffee will help add flavor to it.

The best part of using cinnamon to flavor your coffee is that it contains antioxidants that help boost your immunity. Another way of incorporating cinnamon flavor to your cup of joe is by adding a cinnamon stick to your brewing pot as you brew your coffee.


  • Cardamon

Cardamon spice has an exotic flavor and one that is similar to ginger. When you add cardamom to your cup of coffee, the spice adds a pleasant and unique taste to your cup of coffee.

Cardamom is also loaded with minerals and fiber that improve your blood circulation. To flavor your cup of joe with cardamon, add a dash or two to your cup of joe or add some seeds to your coffee beans before grinding them.


  • Nutmeg

Adding a dash of nutmeg to your cup of joe will give it an earthy taste. The taste of nutmeg is sweet and this will add to the flavor of your coffee. Apart from the flavor, nutmeg has a unique smell that is appealing to many.


  • Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil will enrich your cup of joe with some tasty flavor. To incorporate peppermint oil into your cup of coffee, add a few drops of the oil to your brewing pot during the brewing process.

However, peppermint oil has a rich flavor that may end up overpowering the other flavors in your cup of coffee. So, use it sparingly until you find the perfect balance of the flavor to your cup of coffee.


  • Clove

Clove is like a tailor-made spice for your cup of coffee. The spice gives your coffee a musky, and classic vibe. A whole and fresh clove is the best. To incorporate cloves into your coffee, add a few cloves to your coffee beans before grinding them.



We hope this article has been helpful and you have enjoyed it. If you have not tried flavored coffee, you are missing out on the good stuff. Flavored coffee is delicious and nuanced. You can give it a trial.

Try with some home flavored coffee, adjust it to your preference, and you may end up to the side of specialty coffee. It is always fun and rewarding to try our new things with your cup of joe and expand your coffee taste buds.