Flavored Syrups For Coffee

Written by Sarah Provost
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Flavored syrups for coffee are a quick and easy way to add complementary flavors to your cup without the drawbacks associated with flavored beans. Many roasters refuse to carry flavored beans because the strong scent interferes with the aroma of other coffees and the flavoring agent lingers in the grinders. Besides, most coffee flavored in the bean doesn't taste very good to begin with and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.

By using flavored syrups for coffee, you can brew a pot of regular coffee and leave the extra flavoring, or lack of it, up to the individuals. Adding syrups after brewing also prevents contaminating your grinder. There are an incredible variety of flavors available, so you can create your own personalized blend.

Torani and DaVinci are the names most associated with flavored syrups for coffee, and they each have an extraordinary menu of flavors, most of which are also available sugar-free. Ghiradelli, the famous chocolate maker, also sells flavoring syrups in chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, and caramel, as does Guittard.

Make Your Own Flavored Syrups for Coffee

There are two standard recipes that can be adapted to make almost any flavor of coffee syrup you like. For liqueurs, boil 6 tablespoons of sugar with 2/3 cup of water, stirring constantly, then mix in 3 tablespoons of the liqueur of your choice. For spice syrup, mix one cup of sugar with one cup of water and add a vanilla bean or up to a teaspoon of your favorite whole spice or half a teaspoon of ground spice. Boil the mixture for five minutes. These syrups will keep in the refrigerator for up to four months.

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