Flavored coffee is all the rage these days, but spending outrageous prices at your local coffee shops to get it can really put a damper on your enjoyment of it. Many people assume that flavored coffee involves a laborious process, tons of time, and a basketful of uncommon ingredients. The truth is virtually anyone can make delicious flavored coffee at home with a minimal amount of time and effort.
In this article, we’re going to teach you how to make raspberry coffee without fancy equipment or exotic ingredients. All you need is your favorite coffee, some raspberry extract, raspberries, and about 10 minutes. Let’s learn how.
- 1 cup of coffee
- 2 teaspoons raspberry extract
- 2-3 raspberries for garnish optional
- Whipped cream optional
- Start by brewing an average-strength cup of coffee using your favorite coffee beans. We recommend starting with a medium roast, but we’ll get into how to use light and dark roasts later. Be careful not to over-extract the coffee; otherwise, the raspberry will be overpowered by the astringency.
- Stir 2 teaspoons of raspberry extract into the coffee and stir.
- Top with whipped cream and 2-3 raspberries. Without the raspberry garnish, some people find the raspberry flavor too subtle. If you prefer not to top with raspberries, consider adding another teaspoon of raspberry extract.
A Note About Roast
We recommend starting with a medium roast, however, light roasts and dark roasts will also work well. Light roasts are naturally fruity and acidic, which can work well with raspberry. Dark roasts are chocolatey and nutty, making them pair well with raspberries, mimicking the classic dessert combo of chocolate and raspberry.
It is somewhat unusual for all roast levels to work with a particular flavor, but raspberry pulls it off. Which you prefer will depend on individual tastes, so we recommend giving all three a shot.
Another Option: Homemade Raspberry Latte
The above recipe is the easiest way to incorporate raspberry flavor into your morning coffee. But if you prefer to drink lattes, we have another option for you! Brew a double shot of espresso and steam 6 ounces of whole milk. Then add 2 teaspoons of raspberry extract and garnish with whipped cream and a fresh raspberry or two. Simple, fruit-forward, and absolutely delicious!
Raspberry is a surprisingly versatile flavor that works equally with light, medium, or dark roast coffee. Brewing raspberry coffee at home is as easy as adding a few teaspoons of raspberry extract to your mug, but you can also get slightly more creative and use a similar recipe to make a delicious raspberry-packed latte.
Experiment with different roast levels, origins, and ratios of raspberry extract to coffee until you find the right balance that resonates with your taste buds. Making flavored coffee at home should be a fun adventure filled with discovery and excellent coffee.
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