Let’s talk Trader Joe’s for a moment, shall we? Am I the only person who has never ever ever lived near one of these fabulous stores? I’ve been in them – recently even – but have never lived by one. Which, if you ask my husband, is probably a good thing since I just don’t know if our grocery budget could handle that. Here’s a little hit of irony for you: as much as I’ve complained with friends in Colorado about how/why there isn’t one there, they started to build one right as soon as we moved. Awesome.
And while I will say that it’s a little frivolous to complain about that, I just can’t help but feel a little sad that I’ll still be missing out on the goodness that is Trader Joe’s for a while longer.
Several months ago I saw a picture of Trader Joe’s Vanilla Spiced Chai Coffee on MamaPea’s instagram feed and just about lost it. It just sounded SO GOOD! But no Trader Joe’s! I even went so far as to see how much I could buy it for online, but passed up having to pay for the product plus shipping. No thanks.
So here I am a million months later, the weather cooling down and our back yard covered in glorious autumn color, and still no chai-spiced coffee. Well, til now that is. Not having actually tasted the coffee that instigated this entire post and recipe, I can’t say that it tastes JUST LIKE the Trader Joe’s version, but it’s delicious nonetheless. Plus you get a little chai spice recipe out of it – so if coffee isn’t your cup of, um, tea (?) then you can use it in baked goods, hot tea, or just toss it in a cup to hold under your nose all day long because it SMELLS COMPLETELY AMAZING.
Let’s curl up with a hot mug and chat sometime, ok?
HOMEMADE CHAI SPICED COFFEE
For the spice mixture:
- 2 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp ground cardamom
- 1 1/2 Tbsp ground cloves
- 1 Tbsp ground coriander
- 1 Tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
Whisk together and store in an air-tight container.
For the coffee:
This isn’t really a recipe as much as it is a process. Just make your coffee in a standard coffee maker like you normally do, but add 1 tsp of the chai spice mixture to the ground coffee for each cup of coffee you’re making. Then make sure you stir the ground coffee and the spice mixture together – it helps keep the water moving through the coffee grounds. Be sure to hang out in the kitchen while it’s brewing if you want your olfactory glands to thank you Sweeten and add milk/cream as desired.