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Americans weren't the first inventors of flavored coffee – not by a long shot. By the middle of the 15th Century, people in Arabian countries were enjoying coffee with spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Next came additions like chocolate, citrus and even spirits. Now, flavors of coffee have grown exponentially, from the more well known like vanilla and hazelnut to the more exotic such as wild mountain blueberry or cinnamon roll.
Flavored coffee is generally divided into four categories: vanilla-based flavors, chocolate-based flavors, fruit-based flavors and spice-based flavors. Vanilla-based flavors include creams like Irish cream and French Vanilla and nut-based flavors such as hazelnut and macadamia nut. The chocolates include decadent flavors such as chocolate mint and chocolate macadamia nut. Orange and chocolate raspberry are part of the fruit family and spiced flavors include cinnamon and nutmeg. Not sure which coffee is worthy of your favorite mug? That's no problem! First, think about your favorite foods and aromas. Do you prefer praline pie to chocolate mousse? Do you love the summery smell of citrus or the warm winter scent of Allspice? Choose a few new flavors that emulate your favorite foods, and you're sure to find a flavor that suits you.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|