Most coffee houses serve a hazelnut coffee that is made with a “hazelnut flavored” syrup. While it is tasty, it can add a lot of sugar, fat, and calories to your morning brew. Luckily, making authentic hazelnut coffee is not a hard process. Most of the supplies and ingredients are things you will likely already have on hand.
1ouncewhole bean coffeelight roast is usually preferred
Milk of choiceto taste
Sweetener of choiceto taste
Your first step is to grab your preferred whole bean coffee. We recommend going with a light roast as it will bring out the flavor. You will also need unsalted hazelnuts as the salt can alter the taste of your coffee. You also want to ensure the nuts have their skin, as a majority of the flavor is in the outer shells. Don’t worry, you won’t find any trace of the skin in your brew. You want to measure out both your beans and nuts. We suggest going with two parts beans and one part nuts. You may have to play around with the ratio until you get the right flavor for you, however.
Add both the beans and hazelnuts to your grinder to be ground together. Ideally, you want the outcome to be on the coarse side which will help bring out the flavor of the nuts through the beans.
Brew the coffee. For this recipe, you can use any brewer that you have on hand. If you have a choice, however, we would suggest going with a French press, as it brings out more of the hazelnut flavor. Place the grounds in the machine and brew as normal.
Add milk or sugar (optional). Many people prefer to drink their hazelnut coffee black without any additional ingredients. That being said, adding some milk and sweetener can lighten it up. Add one or both to a mug and add coffee.
If you want to keep your brew as healthy as possible, go for almond milk instead of dairy milk. Not only will it cut the calories and fat, but it also adds another element of nutty goodness. Be sure to heat the almond milk before combining it with the hot coffee or it will separate.If you want a more in-your-face hazelnut flavor, try adding a couple of drops of hazelnut extract to your coffee. Half a tablespoon of maple syrup can also sweeten it up without loading it with sugar. Plus, the two flavors create a smooth and tasty mix.