Are you wishing that you could have a nice spiced coffee, the way that Chai adds spices to the humble black tea to create a wonderful, headily aromatic drink that is both warming and nourishing? Well, you can. Apart from some small pockets of this planet, it has been a well kept secret. But let that be no longer.
The simplest way to spice up your coffee is to add some cardamom. This elixir is common in Israel and the Middle East as well as India. Make your coffee as usual, adding some cardamom seeds, or crushed cardamom pods to the coffee grounds. The bitterness of good strong coffee with the sweet, pungent flavour of cardamom is not to be underestimated. Not only does cardamom coffee taste delicious but in Ayurvedic medicine the cardamom is reputed to reduces the acid in coffee and neutralise the over-stimulating effects of caffeine.
But it doesn’t end there. Other spices can be added too. Cloves, coriander, fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger can be added – singly or in a mix.
Cardamom Spiced Coffee
ground coffee beans or coffee powder
2-3 cardamom pods per cup of coffee, or 8-12 seeds
a pinch of salt
milk and sugar to taste
Crack open the cardamom pods with a knife or in your mortar and pestle. Brew your coffee in your usual way, adding the cracked cardamom pods or the seeds to the grounds coffee before brewing. Pour into cups and add milk and sugar to taste, as well as a small pinch of salt.
Enjoy your aromatic spiced coffee.
recipe notes and alternativesi
Try adding cloves, coriander, fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to your coffee as well.