FLAVORED COFFEE – (COFFEE TALK)
Flavored Coffee is another way to enjoy your morning cup of Joe.
The commercially sold flavored blends we find in the market today are made from a process of treating fresh roasted beans with select flavorings.
This modern day technique of coffee flavoring became widespread in the United States during the early 1980’s. The beans are roasted first. After cooling slightly, the flavoring is added. The pores can absorb the flavoring this way and the beans develop their distinctive bouquet and taste.
Hazlenut is one of the all-time favorites. Also popular are Vanilla, Chocolate, Almond, Ameretto, and Irish Cream.
And many creative combinations are now available for flavored coffee enthusiasts: Chocolate Rasberry, Apricot Cream, Chocolate Mint, and Banana Hazelnut are just a few.
FLAVORED COFFEE HISTORY
Though many coffee purists reject the idea of adding any extra ingredients to change the taste and aroma of their favorite brew, flavored coffee has been in existence for centuries, since the beginning of coffee consumption itself.
It is known that Arab people, in the 15th century, used spices in their coffee, like cardamon, cloves, and even peppercorns.
The Europeans were fond of chocolate mixed with their coffee during the 1700’s and it is still popular in Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium.
Cinnamon spice goes well with coffee and is still preferred in Mexico today
Vietnamese coffee is often served today,with condensed sweet milk which settles on the bottom of the cup as a white syrup, ready to be stirred and drunk.
Alcohol beverages have always been a way to flavor coffee.
Frangelica was an Italian liquor, derived from Hazelnuts, and most likely the forerunner to the Hazelnut coffee blends that are very popular, these days, among flavored coffee fans.
Modern coffee flavoring involves a complex chemical process of treating fresh roasted beans with coffee flavorings that are formulated for this distinct purpose.
Since the U.S. coffee boom of the 90’s, flavored coffee has been increasingly in high demand. Most major supermarkets carry flavored coffees on their shelves.