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Vanilla Coffee

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | January 21st, 2011 | Simple Solutions
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Today’s simple solution is a little different than usual.  This recipe involves no cooking; in fact, it isn’t even a recipe.  However, it is a kitchen hint that I think is worthy of sharing with my fellow coffee lovers.

Working from my home office, I consume at least four cups of coffee during the morning.  If it’s a particularly cold day, such as today, I might make a second pot late in the afternoon.  I like my coffee to be strong, preferably a dark roast of some sort, and I like it to be piping hot.

Sometimes I enjoy flavored coffees, but I detest the syrups used at most coffee shops.  I find the sweetened syrups to be tooth-achingly sweet and the sugar-free options to have an aftertaste.  So, what’s a girl to do when she wants coffee that has a little flavor?  Obviously, she could buy flavored coffee beans, but most of those are made with light or medium roasts.  So, I have found my own way to add flavor to my coffee: my spice rack.  Depending on the flavor you prefer, you can add the appropriate ingredients.

As I watch the snow pile up outside my window, I am grateful for insulation, heat, and a steaming hot cup of vanilla coffee.

Vanilla Coffee


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Ingredients
  1. 9 scoops freshly ground coffee
  2. 1 tsp. vanilla extract*
Instructions
  1. Fill coffee maker with enough water to make 12 cups of coffee.
  2. Place ground coffee into filter, and pour vanilla over the grounds.
  3. Start brewing!
Notes
  1. *Other flavor options include ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and almond extract.
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