Coffee with honey is another most popular trend among coffee aficionados and since honey has long been used to sweeten drinks or foods, it is not surprising to use honey in coffee. People prefer drinking their coffee with honey not only because it is healthy but also it gives coffee a distinct flavor. However, no matter how good it sounds, drinking coffee with honey has some drawbacks as well as advantages. In this article, we will try to explain everything you need to know about drinking coffee with honey.
Can You Add Honey To Coffee?
Yes, you can add honey to your coffee and it is worth trying. It tastes different from the coffee made with sugar because honey has a rich and deep flavor that goes well with coffee’s aromas.
If you want to sweeten coffee with honey, keep that in mind that more honey means more flavor. So if you want a coffee that has some rich aromas, you can add more honey to your coffee but you should be careful with the calorie levels since honey has more calories than sugar.
Don’t Add Honey To Hot Coffee
You might want to drink your coffee quickly but you should never add honey to hot coffee. It is important not to put honey in hot coffee because once honey pasts a certain temperature, it loses almost all of its health benefits. So in order to drink coffee with honey, you should add honey to your coffee when it is a little bit colder.
When Should You Add Honey To Coffee?
You can add honey to your coffee when it is around 40 C/104 F. If you don’t have any thermometer, don’t worry. You can understand when to add honey to your coffee by taking a sip from your coffee or holding it. If it doesn’t burn your hand or tongue, putting honey in coffee wouldn’t be a problem.
Benefits Of Honey In Coffee
- It Has More Nutrients
lthough honey contains more calories than sugar, it actually has more nutrients than sugar. Depending on the nectar used to produce honey, it may have many health benefits since it contains vitamins A, C, B6, and others. It also contains some healthy minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorous, and zinc.
- It Is Sweeter Than Sugar
Yes, we may have said that honey contains more calories than sugar but actually this is not that bad as you think. Since honey is sweeter than sugar, you don’t need to use as much honey when sweetening your coffee. So consuming coffee and honey is actually not that bad.
- Easier To Digest
Another benefit of using honey in coffee is that it is easier to digest. So it is a good choice if you have a sensitive stomach because honey is already broken down by the bees which means your stomach doesn’t have to work hard. Honey also contains some enzymes that are already broken down before it is being digested.
Honey vs Sugar: Which One Is Better?
Although you can use both to sweeten your coffee, there are some differences between honey and sugar.
First of all, you should know that honey has more calories than sugar so you should be careful when you drink honey coffee. In the long term, it may be harmful to you. However, this doesn’t mean sugar is better than honey. Although honey has more calories than sugar, the health benefits of honey make it a much better choice than sugar.
Which Coffee Goes Best With Honey?
It is not surprising to hear that the kind of coffee you use would change the flavor of your honey coffee. Although there are many types of coffee beans, how it is grown or how it is roasted may change the flavor of your honey coffee. So we decided to explain which coffee goest goes best with honey.
Medium Roasted African Arabica
African coffee beans are known to produce delicate, honey and wine flavored coffee beans. They also provide fruity flavors that go well with honey.
You should also look for lighter roasts when you use honey in coffee instead of sugar because they will always allow actual notes of coffee beans to shine.
Medium Roasted Strong Arabica And Robusta Mix
Another combination that is worth trying is medium roasted strong arabica and robusta mix with honey. Robusta balances the sweetness and provides a contrast to the light notes of honey. However, it is not a 50/50 mix, rather, it is 30% robusta, 70% arabica. This coffee also goes well with milk so you can use this coffee if you want milk and honey coffee.
Which Honey Should You Use?
You may think every honey is the same but it is wrong. Honey’s characteristics and features change depending on where it comes so you should decide which honey is best for you. Without further ado, let’s see the different types of honey.
- Acacia : Maybe the best honey you can find to use in your coffee.
- Alfalfa : May cause intestinal bacteria and much more sweeter than other honeys.
- Blue Gum : It has a dense texture but it is not that good with coffee.
- Avocado : Contrary to the popular belief, it is not made from avocado but pollens of the avocado flowers. It has a very sweet and buttery taste.
- Chestnut : It is made from th nectar of chestnut trees and it is very popular in Italy. However, it may taste bitter in your coffee.
- Buckwheat : Maybe the richest and most flavourful honey you can buy. However, we don’t recommend putting it in your coffee because it has a very intense flavor.
- Fireweed : One of the best honey you can use in your coffee. It has a smooth buttery flavor along with sweetness.
How To Make Coffee With Honey
Now that you have learned almost everything you need to know about honey with coffee, it is time to give you our honey coffee recipe.
What You’ll Need
- Freshly Brewed Coffee
- ¼ Cup Honey
- ½ Cup Of Milk
- ¼ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ⅛ Teaspoon Cinnamon
- ⅛ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- Mix coffee, milk, honey, and cinnamon in a saucepan. You can add a little nutmeg to give it a taste.
- Heat the mixture and stir slowly. Don’t boil.
- Once it is warm, remove it from the heat and add vanilla.
- Serve it while warm.
We hope that after reading this article, you have understood the basics of honey coffee. It is healthier than sugar and can make your coffee taste much better. If you have tried it, let us know how it tastes in the comments section!
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