Spiced Coffee – get creative with your own blend

There are a lot of things that I love about Morocco: the souks, the shopping, the culture, the food, the people, the architecture….

I love the mint tea that is everywhere.

And the spiced coffee….

At the last riad we stayed at they made the most wonderful spiced coffee. We found some to buy (of course) but I really wanted to be able to make my own.

Then, life intervened, I forgot about it; then the pandemic intervened and I forgot about everything.

Now, however, I am inspired to give it a try. We’re under lockdown again so I have time (or I should have time).

Read on to learn more about it – and be inspired to make your own blend:

Want to know what spiced coffee is? Here you will find out what ingredients you may add to a hot drink and what flavor combinations you can get.

Spiced Coffee: What You Need to Know


For many people, coffee is more than just a drink. The tart, slightly sour taste helps people feel more energized and more focused. Also, making coffee in cezve is a favorite ritual for millions of people around the world. Some gourmets add not only ground beans but also mint, chocolate, or lemon slices. It is worth noting that these are not the only ingredients used by fans of this hot drink. How about spiced coffee? Such a drink has become very popular in recent years. What is it? Let’s figure it out.

Why Would Anyone Add Spice to Coffee?

According to legends, Muslim merchants added spices to coffee as the beans got wet in the rain and lost their flavor palette. Fortunately, the new ingredient turned out to be not only a way to hide an unpleasant aftertaste but also a new way to surprise gourmets. People should know that the spices add new flavor notes that can improve the taste of regular coffee.

Plus, cinnamon and ginger keep you warm and tone your body during the cold season. Cloves and nutmeg help boost concentration, while vanilla acts as a sedative for most people. This is why so many people love to experiment with ingredients. The plus is that you don’t need to add spices along with beans. You have to choose the best single serve coffee maker and add a pinch of cinnamon or ginger to the finished drink.

The Best Spices You Can add in a Coffee Cup

Tired of the usual taste of Arabica or Robusta? Then you can choose from the top seven ingredients. These spices are popular all over the world. Plus, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on these ingredients. Here’s a list:

  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Carnation
  • Vanilla
  • Black pepper

Many people choose to add spices directly to the grinder. On the one hand, it is convenient because you can store it in the coffee container. But this option is bad because you will taste the spices better than coffee. It is only acceptable if you have a cezve. And it is unlikely that you want to take apart the best coffee makers under 100 and remove spices from every detail.

Moroccan Spiced Coffee Recipe

As a rule, there are no clear guidelines for the number of spices in coffee. This is the personal choice of each gourmet. You should pick ingredients that will help you relax, invigorate, or relieve stress. But there is one famous recipe that any spice lover will like. Moroccan spiced coffee is the first thing that comes to mind for a fan of this drink. Here’s what you need to mix. Take 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and salt. You will also need a pinch of ground black pepper and nutmeg. It is best if you use a French press.

Mix spices with coffee and add hot water. It will take about four minutes for all the ingredients to combine. Pour the mix into a cup of coffee and wait a minute for the drink to infuse. After that, you can start tasting. It’s best if you don’t add milk or sugar. Then you will get the most vivid aftertaste with notes of spices.

Things You Need to Know

Do not forget that spices are just an additional ingredient. Do not add too much ground pepper or cinnamon. Plus, you should know that you have no food allergies, and the spices will not harm you. Another important aspect is the degree of grind. It’s very important. Grind the spices into a powder. Then any ingredient will dissolve well in the hot drink. You don’t need to prepare all the spices in advance. Long-term storage of chopped ginger, cinnamon, or cardamom will negatively affect the taste of the drink.

Usually, people use spices to create original flavor combinations. But you should also be aware of the beneficial qualities of such products. Cinnamon helps increase blood circulation, and ginger is recommended for the treatment of colds. Cardamom helps stimulate metabolism, while nutmeg acts as an aphrodisiac. Now drinking coffee will bring you not only pleasure but also benefit.

8 thoughts on “Spiced Coffee – get creative with your own blend”

  1. Nightsmusic, not even once? Just to try it?

    The first time I had coffee made in a copper container like the one in your photo was at a friend’s house. He added cardamom. I couldn’t believe how fabulous it was. We don’t always have cardamom in our coffee, but every so often it’s fun.

    I never thought of adding black pepper!!

    (For some reason, the comment form isn’t showing up for me in firefox. But it is showing in Chrome. Just thought you’d like to know, Katie. It will give you something to do while you are incarcerated. And. Needless to say, I’m so sorry to hear that you are in lockdown once again!!)

    • Cardamom – I have to try just cardamom, Sounds delicious.
      And I’ll check Firefox. Life is getting complicated again.
      May 3 is the targeted end date for the current lock-down. Sigh….

  2. Loved reading this especially as I was the person responsible for bringinh the spiced coffee into use at Riad Mur Akush….oh so many memories !

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