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How to make Spiced Coffee

With the baker’s chocolate, plum and mulled wine notes we get from the Elysian Baudelio, we’ve created two recipes for you to elevate this coffee to a beautiful hot beverage to warm up your fall. The drink can be alcoholic or not, all depending on your preferences.

First, the coffee brew. Here's how you make it, with an AeroPress:

This is a slight variation on the winning Japanese Brewer’s Cup parameters. It’s quite simple! Here’s what you do:

  1. Place the rubber stopper about 1/2 inch into the end of the AeroPress, flip it upside down and place it on the table so that you're looking into the chamber of the brewer.
  2. Put the filter in the cap and wet the filter to remove any paper taste.
  3. Add the 30g of ground coffee to the AeroPress, zero the scale and start the timer.
  4. Pour in 150g of water (at 201°F). Wait until the 1:30 mark hits and stir for 10 seconds.
  5. Flip the AeroPress over on a brewing vessel and press down.

Next? The Spiced Syrup.

Here’s what you need:

  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 10 whole allspice
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 10 green cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken
  • 150g cane sugar
  • 50g maple syrup
  • 175g water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 20g ginger (approx. thumb-sized)
  • Zest of half a lemon (a peeler can help yield large strips)
  • Zest of 1 orange

The Steps:

  1. Toast the spices in a dry pan until aromatic.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for half an hour
  4. Strain into bottle. You can store this in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Spiced Coffee (Yield: 1 cup)

Combine the following ingredients in a mug and enjoy!

  • 1.5oz syrup
  • 2oz coffee
  • 4oz hot water
  • 0.25oz lemon juice
  • 0.5oz orange juices
  • Add 1oz Wild Turkey or other bourbon if desired

This is the kind of drink you put in a thermos and walk around in the snow with. It's warming and comforting, just like a spiced apple cider but with coffee! The sweetness and balanced acidity of the Baudelio work wonderfully in this application. It's not too strong or overwhelming, just providing a great base for the spices and citrus.