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Holiday Spice Flavored Coffee Recipe

Holiday Spice Coffee Recipe

Hi folks, this is the second installment of our coffee recipe series with my KitchenAid Coffee Maker. Today I’m bringing you a flavored coffee that you make right in your own coffee maker. I’m calling it a “holiday spice” flavored coffee recipe. Very original, yes, I know. I wanted to call it gingerbread spice, but that just wasn’t quite right. Although it tasted really good, it just didn’t taste like gingerbread. When I thought about it, I figured out it just tasted more like the holidays in general – that delicious warm spicy flavor, and I decided that was a more appropriate title. Anyway, I like sharing my thought processes with you – thanks for bearing with me.

The Coffee Maker:

Before we get into the actual recipe, let’s take care of some house keeping and talk more about the coffee maker itself first. Now it’s been about a month since I’ve switched over to using this as my full-time coffee maker. As with all relationships, once you get into a groove, you find that your new love isn’t perfect. That is has a few little flaws. But again, like relationships you decide that you can live with the little things because the big things outweigh them. So what am I talking about here? Let’s see…

KitchenAid Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe

This coffee pot with its insulated carafe is perfect for making a larger pot of coffee: 8-12 cups. But it is not as handy when you’re trying to brew only 4 cups or so, which is more what I do each day. I’m an iced coffee fiend, even in this cold weather, so most days I’m just brewing what Jeremy needs for his thermos. The very thing that makes this carafe so wonderful – being able to hold and store coffee deliciously and effectively for a couple of hours – is the same thing that makes it hard to pour when you just have a little left: the thermal walls themselves.

This coffee carafe is indeed well built. It’s solid and even a couple of hours later, the coffee is hot and delicious. Not burnt or over-cooked. But when I am trying to pour just a wee bit of coffee from that pot into a tall narrow thermos, it’s a little tricky. Like I said, I’ve been doing it for a month now so I am better getting the hang of it, but at first it was a bit of a challenge. I almost wish I had the glass carafe to switch out for the small batches. But I don’t, so I am learning to make the best of my current situation. Which believe me, is ALL GOOD like 99% of the time. Just be mindful if you buy this machine and primarily plan on brewing small batches with it – it can be challenging until you get the hang of it.

Something else that’s little but can be an issue is again born from what makes this coffee pot so great – the carafe lid. The lid for the carafe is pretty snug fitting. It helps to keep all that delicious coffee warm and safe from the outside cooler air. I have found though that it’s a little tricky to put into and move out of place. It has a very small groove line that it needs to fit into, and if it doesn’t, then you’re going to get coffee overflow, which has happened to me a couple of times. So now I am very careful to make sure I slide the lid exactly into place and that it’s as flat as possible. Cheaper coffee maker pots/carafes have a hinged lid so you typically don’t have to deal with this. It’s just another new issue that pops up when you’re using a higher quality machine.

KitchenAid Coffee Maker Thermal Carafe

So you see, I’m not complaining here, but I feel it my duty to bring up these things. I think the design of the top of the carafe could be better. However, I also have a feeling that if it were different it may not be as thermally efficient. I trust that there’s a reason it was designed exactly how it was. I imagine KitchenAid has some top-notch product designers and testers on staff. It’s just that the pot doesn’t always jive with exactly how coffee integrates into my every day life. But I’m being flexible, and I’m learning how to adapt my expectations to the limitations of the pot.

Because in the end, when I sit down and sip that super delicious cup of coffee that was actually brewed two hours ago, I forget all about the little inconvenience of the pour spout. I’m so happy with my delicious coffee that I can’t really think of much else but how happy I am in that moment. And that’s what counts. That’s why this is a great coffee maker – it brews up to 12 delicious steamy hot cups of coffee and then keeps it that way for a few hours. To me, that trumps any design issues I might have with the thing.

The Coffee Recipe:

Now that we’ve got that housekeeping out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff – the coffee. As I said in the intro, this coffee is flavored with a delicious holiday spice mix. It contains ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and even some cardamom. I just love cardamom and figured it would be a perfect addition to this spice mix. It actually worked out quite well for me, I must say.

Holiday Spice Coffee Recipe

Of course we’ve all seen the flavored coffees at our friendly neighborhood groceries and coffee stores. Most of that stuff is flavored with flavoring oil compounds, after the beans have been roasted and cooled. Since I’m not all high tech like that, I have decided to make a flavored coffee by simply adding the ground spices to the coffee maker and extracting the flavors that way.

Until recently, I didn’t even know you could do that. But in doing research for this recipe, I found there were several ways to do it. I don’t add sugar to my coffee so I figured adding the spices to the ground coffee would be a great way to flavor my brew without adding sugar. If you are a person who prefers sweetened coffee, you could always make a syrup with the spices and infuse the spice flavor to your coffee that way. Play around with it, and see what’s right for you.

Holiday Spice Coffee Mix

I’m pretty simple when it comes to brewed coffee. Sometimes I like a little milk – as you can see below. But mostly I just drink it black because I love the flavor of coffee. I don’t usually like to mask it with milk and sweetener. Although if I am going to add anything, it will be whole milk. Sometimes I like a little more body and creaminess to me coffee. I find it especially tasty when doing a flavored coffee like this. The spices need a balance to better tame them. I wish I’d had some nice Christmas cookies or some of this pumpkin cake to go along with that delicious cup of joe. Next time. 😉

Holiday Spice Coffee Recipe

What about you? Do you like a flavored coffee like this? If so, how do you normally go about flavoring if you flavor yourself? Or are you a purist? Let me know in the comments below. Coffee is such a wonderfully delicious drink – I’m curious about what’s your favorite way to consume this vital elixir.

Yield: 4 tall cups of coffee

Holiday Spice Flavored Coffee Recipe

This flavored coffee recipe tastes just like the holidays. It's a delicious mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom. Perfect for winter!


Holiday Spice Mix:

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Holiday Spice Coffee:

  • 8 cups water (as measured on the coffee maker)
  • 6 tablespoons ground medium to light roasted coffee
  • 2 teaspoons holiday spice mix

Brewed Coffee Add-ins:

  • Whole milk or almond milk, as desired
  • Sweetener, as desired


  1. Add the water to the coffee maker as normal.
  2. Add both the ground coffee and holiday spice mix to the coffee filter basket and brew according to machine’s directions. I highly recommend you use a paper filter inside of the permanent filter. If not the spices will be all inside your cup of coffee, which may or may not desirable for you.
  3. Add milk and/or sweetener to your coffee as desired.

Spice blend inspired by's recipe.

Prep:5 min

Cook:5 min

Total:10 min

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