Thankfully for those of us who enjoy a good cup of coffee the process of flavoring it has not yet been perfected. This means that there is no one best coffee out there for everyone and each one of us can enjoy our own personal assortments of flavored coffee. All of us coffee lovers can of course benefit from the years civilizations have experimented on the bean with various ingredients and roasting methods in the pursuit of that perfect cup.
But what is flavored coffee really? Basically flavored coffee is made from ordinary coffee beans that are coated with different kinds of flavoring from ingredients such as cocoa, vanilla, or even nuts. After the beans are processed and roasted flavor oils are then added to the beans to enhance the taste of the coffee itself. In addition to enhancing the taste of the coffee itself flavors also extend the shelf life of the beans by giving it long lasting flavor. Flavored coffee can also disguise any flavor changes the beans go thru during processes such as oxidation, etc.
The flavor possibilities are truly endless but when you venture into the world of coffee and the flavors you can find out there first consider the bean quality. A high quality bean means a high quality flavor as the result – no matter what flavorings are added to the beans themselves. After that the ingredients used to flavor the beans can be considered and is of course a matter of personal preference.
When it comes to flavored coffee beans there are 4 main categories:
1) Fruit based flavors 2) Spice based flavors 3) Chocolate based flavors, and 4) Vanilla based flavors. The fruit based flavors include things like coconut or raspberry. Spiced based flavors include cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and many others. Vanilla based flavors not only involve vanilla but also nuts like macadamia and hazelnut. And of course there is chocolate flavored coffees like mocha.
And while there are the basic groupings of flavored coffee beans that are simply delicious, many roasters experiment with mixing flavors from different groups to create even more intriguing and enjoyable taste sensations. Thanks to advances in chemical technology we can now create just about any flavor of coffee imaginable! So again the possibilities are just endless when it comes to taste.
While professional companies mix and create magical blends individuals also play with flavors. As coffee lovers and roasters continue to experiment they give the world some pretty interesting blends that involves flavors like garlic, pepper, and even bacon!
So whatever you are craving there is a flavored coffee out there that can really hit the spot, or even a few different varieties whether it be a rich and minty mocha, a sweet fruit flavor like banana cream, or sophisticated spice with a hint of hazelnut. In your quest to satisfy your personal palate feel free to explore and sample the wonderful blends that are available right now and keep on enjoying your coffee!