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.