Fall is one of my favorite seasons. There's just something about the crisp air and vibrant colors. And I can finally bust out my collection of scarves! Plus, my coffee craving increases simultaneously with the rise in rainy days. If you also find yourself filling your coffee cup more frequently with the cooler weather, here are a few tips to spice things up for fall:
1.) The most obvious tip is to try out some of our fall flavored specialty coffees. Pumpkin Spice is a personal favorite and we only carry it during the fall months, so grab a bag while you can! Cinnamon Swirl, Butter Rum and Toasted Almond are also delicious choices.
2.) Substitute your spoonful or sugar or other sweetener with maple syrup. Something about maple syrup evokes feelings of fall. I've never been tapping for syrup, but when I picture myself participating in this festive tradition (because who doesn't picture themselves doing this?), I always imagine fall foliage and plenty of flannel.
3.) You don't have to spice up your coffee only after it's brewed-- you can add fun flavors directly into the grounds! Ground cinnamon is my favorite, but nutmeg is equally yummy. Of course, just as coffee is best freshly ground, so are your spices. But not all of us are as dedicated to our coffee brewing routine to freshly grind our coffee every morning, let alone grind a nutmeg seed! So I won't judge if you let McCormick do the hard work for you. In fact, you could even buy the premixed Pumpkin Spice blend. Just sprinkle a small amount over your coffee grinds in the brew basket (or paper filter), brew and enjoy!
4.) Cool fall weather doesn't just amp up coffee drinkers-- hot chocolate makes its comeback as well! But why enjoy both of these fall favorites solo when you can combine them for an even better beverage?! Drop a tablespoon (or two) of cocoa into your mug of hot coffee, swirl, and savor! You can even snag a bag of Mariposa Cocoa when you pick up (or order) your coffee. Or for an extra dose of fall, add a little hazelnut flavor by melting some Nutella and drizzling it into your coffee with a little milk or cream.
5.) Fall season can also be the start of cold season, so this last tip is purely medicinal, of course. ;) For those of you who crave a little extra spice AND kick to your coffee for fall, try a shot of brandy. It'll warm you right up! Just make sure you're adding it to your mug at home and not that travel mug.
If you have any other fun ways to spice up coffee for fall, let us know on our Facebook page!