Homemade Chai-Spiced Coffee

by Heather on October 23, 2012

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?


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.

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