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How is Flavored Coffee Made?

How is Flavored Coffee Made?

Posted on November 30 2021, By: Jen Valenzuela

How is Flavored Coffee Made?

Our team at OK, Coffee First - began making flavored coffees at home before we started our own flavored coffee company in our new commercial kitchen. We have the same excitement creating new coffee flavors and we want to share how it's done. Learn how flavored coffee is made right here!

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It's not hard to see the appeal of flavoring coffee beans. Whether it be with a simple French Vanilla Coffee or “double chocolate fudge mint with raspberry filling,” people love adding something extra for their taste buds! But you might wonder how do they make these flavors? And what is this process like anyway- obviously there's no special genetically modified coffee beans grown to produce a designer flavor like egg nog and Christmas cookies- right?! Well let me tell ya...

Have a cup of coffee and dive into this article about Flavoring Coffee Beans & The Process Involved In Creating Flavored Grounds Using Natural Ingredients.

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How is Flavored Coffee Made?

How is Flavored Coffee Made?

Coffee beans are either roasted and then flavored with a syrup, or they're unroasted before the addition of flavor. If you add your coffee bean flavors at roasting time it'll just go to waste because that's when heat breaks down any added chemicals into their base elements which aren't very strong on aroma themselves; meaning if we wait until after grinding to distribute those throughout our cup than anything other than water has an opportunity for absorption. 

Coffee beans are one of the most expensive ingredients in coffee because they take so much time and energy to process. You want your finished product's flavor profile as crisp, vibrant, and balanced - not bland or harsh tasting like under-roasted bags that you get at convenience stores (and even some supermarkets). So once roasting is complete don't add any more heat until after brewing; otherwise it'll be too late for all those natural sugars within each bean reacts with antioxidants found inside hot water creating ripe scents perfect enough perfume factories! 

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barrel aged coffee

Barrel Aged

Roasted coffee beans are a foundation for many different flavors, but barrel aged or introduced before roasting is not uncommon. Some pioneering coffee roasters have used Whiskey to flavor their brews in certain cases - as it's been done with Bourbon and Rum as well during production of some notable Scotches from Scotland specifically for this purpose!

The barrels in which the coffee beans are stored have a natural capacity for absorbing aromas and flavors. This process can take up to several months, during which time they'll gain complexity that will manifest itself as quality brew when roasted properly!

What we specifically like about them is that their flavor is strong and bold. You'll definitely be able to taste the Whiskey, Rum or Bourbon in every sip you take from this delicious drink!

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How to flavor your coffee beans

How to Make Flavored Coffee Yourself

Ever wondered how to make flavored coffee? The process is quite simple and straightforward once you know what needs doing. If your taste buds have been craving some sweet or savory flavors for a while now, follow these steps:


  1. Select coffee beans that have your preferred base flavor of your preference. (flavor profiles by region)
  2. Use the highest quality natural flavored syrup as possible vs something concentrated that tastes artificial
  3. Place your freshly roasted beans in a mixer while they're still warm!
  4. According to your unique syrup of choice, add the proper amount of syrup depending on your preference of intensity of flavor.
  5. Mix the roasted beans and flavored syrup throughly for at least twenty minutes
  6. Finally, your coffee bean will be infused with the flavored coffee syrup you selected. They should smell incredible at this point too. Speaking of aroma, PRO-TIP: take care of the smells in your kitchen while mixing and flavoring the coffee beans. Since the beans are porous, they can easily absorb ANY aroma around them! (Maybe even that chocolate cake in the oven) That being said, it's not a good time to be cooking up liver and onions! I hope that made you smile. LOL!

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Have a great day and I hope this article was helpful so you can make your own flavored coffee at home.

We hope this has helped answer any questions you may have about the process of creating flavored coffee. If not, please leave a comment below and we'll do our best to respond as soon as possible!

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