How to Make Spiced Coffee

Love the smell of spiced coffee? Here's an easy way to make spiced coffee at home—no extra time required.

If stopping at a coffee shop is part of your morning routine, you’ve probably tasted (or at least smelled!) the mother of all spiced coffees: pumpkin spice. The annual arrival of the pumpkin spice latte (and other pumpkin spice products) is hard to ignore. And we have to admit, we love that warm fall flavor.

Thing is, it’s easy to make spiced coffee at home, any day of the year, and it’s not limited to pumpkin pie spices. Let’s turn your coffee grounds into a five-star flavored blend.

The Best Spices to Use

You can think beyond pumpkin pie spice and use your favorite spices, alone or combined, for fantastic flavor. Cinnamon and cardamom impart warm, cozy notes, while star anise or ginger give your coffee a slight kick.

If you’re not used to making coffee at home, read up on these tricks for perfect home-brewed coffee before getting started.

Easy Spiced Coffee Recipe

Our Test Kitchen has the easiest way to spice your cup of coffee, and it’s all in the grounds. This method is especially useful if you like flavored black coffee rather than adding creamer. The mix of spices and ground beans will bring a basic cup of black coffee to seasonal spiced perfection.

Just make sure to avoid common coffee brewing mistakes. Paying attention to measurements and water quality really makes a difference if you’re trying to brew a coffee shop-worthy cup.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup ground coffee (not instant coffee granules)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or other spice. Cardamom, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, allspice and star anise pair well with coffee.

Directions

Step 1: Add spices to coffee grounds

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Combine coffee with ground cinnamon or other spice in the filter basket of your coffee maker. We used a drip coffeemaker, but you can also spice up coffee made in a French press or Chemex, or other pour-over method. If you want to combine a few spices, use 1/4 teaspoon each of three spices (instead of 3/4 teaspoon of one spice).

Step 2: Brew coffee

Prepare the coffee as usual. You’ll get about 4 cups.

Step 3: Serve with cream and sugar

Enjoy your spiced coffee black or add milk or cream and your favorite sweetener. Want to go over the top? Garnish the mugs with cinnamon sticks and whipped cream for a decadent dessert-like treat. Serving an after-dinner drink? Add 1-2 tablespoons of coffee liqueur to the mug. For a summery version, chill spiced coffee and milk until cool, then pour over ice.

Tips for Making Spiced Coffee

  • If you’re feeling extra fancy, try making Scandinavian coffee with the spiced grounds. The secret ingredient in Scandinavian coffee is an egg, and it will result in deliciously rich coffee.
  • Use freshly ground beans for the best results. Freshly ground beans, versus pre-ground beans, will lend a better consistency and overall better flavor to your brew.
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Rosemary Siefert
Rosemary has been writing and editing for digital and print publications for six years. Starting out as a freelancer for Taste of Home, she joined the team full time in 2022. She writes and edits food content and helps manage Taste of Home’s freelance community. Rosie focuses her writing on cooking tips, baking and cleaning techniques (gotta have a sparkling kitchen!). Rosie’s degrees in journalism and English from the University of Missouri contribute to her skills as an editor, while her penchant for trying new recipes and kitchen hacks shines in her writing. If Rosie isn’t making a (fun) mess in the kitchen, she’s scoping out new restaurants, trying foods she’s never heard of, holed up at a coffee shop with a book or clanging away on one of the typewriters in her collection.