Whether you put cinnamon in coffee or not, it all boils down to personal preference. However, there are some amazing benefits of adding a dash or 2 to your cup of cold or hot brew.
While it is not common to put cinnamon in coffee, I do put a sprinkle or two in my lattes and cappuccinos. It just gives the coffee an extra rich taste and flavor that is very hard to part with.
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There are some really good benefits of adding cinnamon to your coffee. So let’s take a deep dive into why putting cinnamon in your coffee may actually be beneficial, apart from pleasing your taste buds of course.
7 Reasons Why You Should Put Cinnamon In Coffee
- Cinnamon is a very tasty and flavourful spice so adding a dash to your cup of latte only makes it better.
- You can use cinnamon in your cup of espresso in place of sugar and cream due to its sweet taste.
- It gives you a boost in energy, so adding them to your lattes and cappuccinos doubles the effects of the coffee.
- Cinnamon puts a stop to any cravings you may have for sweet snacks so having some first thing in your morning coffee is ideal.
- Its packed with lots of vitamins and minerals hence its health benefits.
- In addition to taste it would give your coffee a beautiful aroma and flavour.
- You’ll increate your intake in antioxidants since cinnamon is packed with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols – as reported by Healthline.
Healthline goes into greater detail explaining the many other health benefits of cinnamon and how it may be a good idea to put cinnamon in coffee. So definitely check out the article if you want to learn more about why cinnamon in coffee may not be bad either.
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What Is Cinnamon?
Cinnamon is a spice taken from the inner bark of many different species of cinnamomum trees. The spice is mainly used as an aromatic condiment and flavouring additive in various drinks and food – source
What Are The Different Types Of Cinnamon?
There are 2 different types of cinnamon which are Ceylon and Cassia.
Ceylon cinnamon is the real cinnamon, it’s healthier, lighter in color, has a less bitter taste and it’s more expensive. It can easily be mistaken for the cheaper version of cinnamon which is known as Cassia.
Unfortunately Cassia cinnamon is what you’ll find in most supermarkets and most people are unable to detect this. You can usually tell the difference as Cassia cinnamon tends to be cheaper than the authentic Ceylon cinnamon.
Like with everything else, too much of anything is good not for your health. Likewise with the use of cinnamon, consuming too much can cause health implications. Always seek health advice from a professional medical doctor.
What To Look For When Buying Cinnamon And Which Type Is Better For Your Coffee?
The barks of the species are easily distinguished when whole. Ceylon cinnamon sticks have many thin layers and can easily be made into powder using a coffee or spice grinder, whereas cassia sticks are much harder.
Indonesian cinnamon is sold in quills which has a thick layer and can therefore damage a spice or coffee grinder.
Saigon cinnamon (loureiroi) and Chinese cinnamon (cassia) are often sold as broken pieces of thick bark, as the bark is not supple enough to be rolled into quills.
So if you want to put cinnamon in your coffee grinder, you should definitely get the Ceylon cinnamon. Otherwise, you risk damaging your coffee equipment.
How To Add Cinnamon To Your Coffee?
There are various ways in which you can add cinnamon to your coffee. Here are some of the ways you can do so without sacrificing taste or making it clumpy:
- If the cinnamon is already grounded you can simply add a few sprinkles at the top of the coffee crema.
- Add the cinnamon powder to your coffee grounds before brewing if you have a filter, a French Press or a Turkish pot (require straining).
- You can dissolve the cinnamon in a bit of honey before stirring the mixture into your coffee.
- Add cinnamon powder to your cream before adding it to your coffee. You can do this by sprinkling ground cinnamon directly into the whipped cream before whipping it.
- Alternatively you can store some cinnamon sticks with your coffee beans or grounds. Naturally the coffee beans will absorb the aroma of the cinnamon sticks. By doing this you will end up with cinnamon-infused coffee.
How Much Cinnamon Should I Put In My Coffee?
You only need to add a pinch or two of cinnamon to your cup of coffee or about 1/4 teaspoon. Cassia Cinnamon should be used in smaller doses. If you can get the Ceylon cinnamon it’s much healthier.
A Little History On Cinnamon
The spice, consisting of the dried inner bark, is brown in colour and has a delicately fragrant aroma and a warm sweet flavour. Essential oil is distilled from the bark fragments for use in food, liqueur, perfume, and drugs.
Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), the neighbouring Malabar Coast of India, and Myanmar (Burma) and is also cultivated in South America and the West Indies.
The more expensive Ceylon cinnamon has a milder, sweeter flavour is mostly produced in Sri Lanka. The Ceylon cinnamon is popular for both baking and flavouring hot drinks such as coffee or hot chocolate.
While the Cassia cinnamon is primarily produced in Indonesia and has the stronger smell and flavour of the two varieties. It is the cheaper variety and what we usually buy in grocery stores.
Cinnamon is known to have been used by humans for thousands of years—as early as 2,000 B.C. and was once more valuable than gold. In Egypt it was used for embalming and religious practices.
The amount of benefits you can receive from putting just a little bit of cinnamon to your morning brew is beyond any taste buds. Such as an increased boost in energy and intake of antioxidants. There is no reason to not give it a try unless you absolutely hate cinnamon.
Remember if you want to add cinnamon to your coffee grinder you should always use the Ceylon cinnamon.
Cinnamon in coffee is not so strange after all, while it may not be normal for some people, it’s definitely a favourite spice to add to any latte!