Some of the best coffee recipes involve regular good quality ground coffee beans, and natural spices. This cinnamon coffee calls for star anise pods (pictured) or anise, cinnamon, and orange peel. Traditionally this recipe uses brown sugar, but we have used equally delicious, less refined substitutes here that have a more caramelized flavor. Sucanat, or evaporated, dried, cane juice has the flavor of a light brown sugar. Rapadura, is unrefined and unbleached cane sugar, is a golden brown, and has a lightly caramelized taste. Granulated date sugar is also a nice option. Alternatively, a good clean eating substitute for brown sugar is honey (raw honey preferred) mixed with a touch of molasses, as listed in the recipe below. Using Organic Coffee helps avoid consuming any of the pesticides or traces of chemicals that can be used in coffee growing.
Studies have found that cinnamon contains a compound that can boost metabolism, and coffee, also a metabolism booster, is rich in antioxidants. Of course, decaf can always be used in its place if desired. Enjoy every delicious sip!
Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup |Calories: 15 | Total Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 0 mg | Carbohydrates: 4 g | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 3 g | Protein: 0 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 1
- 4 cups (1 quart) water
- ¼ cup sucanat, or rapadura, or unrefined other sweetener
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 pods star anise or 1 teaspoon anise seeds (or powdered anise)
- Peel of half an orange
- ½ cup coarsely or medium ground dark roasted coffee
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook water, coffee, cinnamon, orange peel, anise, and sweetener until the sweetener has dissolved and the water starts boiling. Allow it to boil for 2 minutes, and remove from the heat. Stir well. Cover and let stand for about 5 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, and serve.
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