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  • The Definitive Guide to Coffee Creamer

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    While coffee purists out there will probably faint at the thought of adding anything to that perfectly roasted and brewed black cup of coffee, there are many people out there that just need a little something added to their cup in order to truly make it an enjoyable experience. On top of sweeteners, you could always try adding cream to your cup for a truly rich and thick taste and texture.

    Coffee Creamer

    There is a seemingly endless supply of dairy, and non-dairy based coffee creamer options that can really boost the flavor of any cup of coffee. With so many options, you may have trouble deciding which one is best for you. Let’s examine all the different creamer options available for coffee so you can choose the best creamer for your next cup of coffee.

    A Word on Nutrition

    Whenever you decide to add cream or even milk to your coffee, you need to keep in mind that this will drastically alter the nutritional value of your cup of coffee. Even adding just a little cream or milk to your coffee will increase the calorie count of that cup of joe. So if you’re trying to watch what you eat, nothing will undo your diet faster than dumping a lot of cream into your coffee before you drink it.

    In the world of calories, cream will be the worst offender. Cream has the most milk fat in it, which gives it that thick consistency and makes your coffee taste so rich. Milk follows up and, depending on what type of milk you choose, your calorie content will vary. For instance, if you ask for skim or even 1 percent or 2 percent milk, your calorie content will be lower compared to whole milk that contains a higher milk fat content that usually ranges in the 3 – 4 percent range.

    There is nothing wrong with enjoying a cup of coffee with cream or even milk, just remember that when you add it your usual cup of coffee that it will be more calories so you must alter your diet accordingly, especially if you are trying to lose weight.

    Got Milk?

    Milk and coffee go together, as Forrest Gump would say, like peas and carrots, and there is nothing better than adding just a little milk to thicken that cup of coffee to start your morning off right. However, there is more to milk than meets they eye.

    Types of Milk

    While much of the west automatically considers cow’s milk as the go-to coffee additive, you actually have many more options.

    Milk Fat

    Just like the milk you buy to drink, the fat content of the milk can greatly impact the effects that it has on both the taste and the texture of your coffee.

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    Cream

    If you aren’t concerned about counting calories, cream is one of the best additions you can add to a normal cup of coffee. Like milk, how many calories you add and how it alters both the taste and the consistency of your coffee largely depends on the amount of milk fat present in the cream.

    How to Make Homemade Coffee Creamer

    Making your own coffee creamer is surprisingly simple to do. It’s so simple, in fact, it makes me wonder why more people don’t make it themselves.

    First, gather up all the ingredients you will need. These ingredients will determine the final flavoring of your creamer, so make sure you choose high-quality ingredients every time.

    All creamers begin with a milk base of some type. A few of your options are:

    The type of milk is really up to you, as from here on out the steps are the same regardless of the milk you choose for your homemade coffee creamer.

    1. Grab A Sweetener

    If you are making flavored creamers, you may want to add a little sweetener to the mix to really make your taste buds jump. For this you can use regular white sugar, brown sugar or even honey if you are looking for a more natural sweetener option. You can even choose to use one of the many artificial sweeteners available if you need to avoid that extra sugar content.

    2. Add Your Flavor of Choice

    Once you have your base and sweetener of choice picked out, it is time to grab a flavor to make a custom creamer that you and your guests will delight over with each cup of coffee poured. Almost any flavor will work, so feel free to experiment. Some of the most popular choices are vanilla, hazelnut, mocha and cinnamon just to name a few.

    When choosing flavors, always try and get high quality extracts whenever possible for the best results and make sure all your ingredients are the very best quality.

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    3. Prepare Your Creamer

    I recommend preparing creamer the night before you first want to use it so it will be chilled, fresh, and ready to serve the next morning.

    1. In a small pot on your stove, add 2 cups of your milk of choice.
    2. Add your sweetener of choice. Experiment with the amounts but somewhere between one and two tablespoons should do the trick.
    3. Add your flavor. Again, this is usually done to taste so feel free to experiment. The amount you need will vary based on your flavoring as well. Usually somewhere in the neighborhood of two tablespoons will usually satisfy your taste buds.
    4. Bring the mixture to a simmer on the stove, whisking it constantly to ensure the ingredients mix together completely.
    5. When your creamer begins to steam slightly, remove it from the heat.
    6. All your homemade coffee creamer to cool, then place it in the refrigerator overnight.
    7. Serve your coffee creamer with your favorite cup of coffee the next morning.

    It’s just that easy. With just a few easy-to-follow steps and some high-quality ingredients, you can create your own coffee creamer right in the comfort of your own home.

    Flavor Suggestions

    The possibilities for homemade coffee creamer is limited only by your imagination, meaning it would be impossible to condense into one single article. But here are a few of the most popular options out there and what you will need for each of them.

    1. Hazelnut – Add one teaspoon of hazelnut extract and vanilla extract along with four tablespoons of sugar.
    2. Mocha – Place two tablespoons of cocoa powder into the mixture with four tablespoons of brown sugar. For added effect, add a dash of syrup on top of the coffee.
    3. Chocolate Hazelnut – Add four tablespoons of Nutella or other type of chocolate hazelnut spread.
    4. Vanilla – Include two teaspoons of vanilla extract and four tablespoons of sugar.
    5. Caramel Macchiato – Add one tablespoon of cocoa, six tablespoons of brown sugar, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and a dash of salt.
    6. Chocolate Mint – Mix in two tablespoons of cocoa powder with ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract and four tablespoons of sugar.
    7. Pumpkin Spice – Mix two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice, one tablespoon of vanilla extract, four tablespoons of maple syrup to your base.
    8. Almond Toffee – Add one teaspoon of almond extract and 4 tablespoons of sugar.
    9. Salted Caramel – Add a dash of salt along with six tablespoons of brown sugar.
    10. Chai Latte – Include three chai tea bags during the simmer process along with four tablespoons of brown sugar.

    Non-Dairy Creamers

    We have spent a lot of time focusing on the more natural products that you can use in your coffee. However, there are other options available to you that don’t involve dairy.

    Store-Bought Creamer

    Some coffee creamers come premixed and can be bought at any grocery store. These often include popular brands such as:

    These non-dairy creamers come in a wide variety of flavors such as french vanilla, hazelnut, Irish cream, and many more. If you want to try and add a little variety to your taste buds, but don’t want to spend a lot of time whipping up your own recipes using cream, these store-bought versions make a great substitute, although nothing will replace the fine taste of a homemade creamer.

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    Other Non-Dairy Options

    There are other options available to you if you want to cut calories but still add a creamier and richer taste to that cup of java sitting on your desk. Some of these options also come in a variety of flavors and even in a heavier, creamier form that you could equate to half and half in thickness. Some of the most common milks used are:

    These types of milk are made from almonds or coconuts and are much healthier than the dairy-based alternatives while also being the perfect creamer option for anyone who is lactose intolerant. Like other non-dairy creamers, you can often find these in a variety of flavors including french vanilla, hazelnut, and even the natural almond and coconut milk flavors. These creamers won’t taste just like the dairy varieties, but they do bring their own unique spin to a cup of joe making them worth a try to anyone who loves adding a little something extra to their coffee but can’t handle dairy.

    Bailey’s Irish Cream

    If you want to really ramp up the taste of your coffee and give it a little “adult spin,” you could try adding Bailey’s Irish Cream to your next cup of coffee. Bailey’s is an Irish whiskey and cream-based liqueur, meaning there is alcohol present in the drink. It mixes very well with coffee giving it a truly unique taste combined with the effects of the alcohol to create a more grownup coffee experience. Careful how much you drink, though, especially if you have to drive.

    As you can see, there is a pretty big list of cream options for your coffee. Remember, always consider your calorie and fat content when you are using creamer so you don’t go overboard. You don’t want your coffee to make you go up a pants size, after all. That being said, experiment with all of these different options to find the perfect creamer for you.

    Not all types of cream will go with every type of coffee roast. So continue to experiment and keep a few options on hand so you always have a type of milk or cream to add to your next cup of coffee.

    Enjoy!

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