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If you enjoy nutty and smooth coffee, hazelnut is probably one of your favourites. This popular flavour is available in cafes and coffee shops worldwide. You can order it hot, iced, as a cappuccino, or in a variety of other ways. Hazelnut is also a good candidate for combining with other ingredients such as almond milk.
People are increasingly skipping the Starbucks line and sipping their favourite brews at home. But what if you prefer a specialty coffee, such as hazelnut? We have the solution!
Making a hazelnut brew is much simpler than you might think. You can make this brew in a variety of ways, depending on whether you prefer it sweet or bolder. We’ll break down the quick and easy steps for making delicious hazelnut coffee at home in the article below.
Making a Traditional Hazelnut Coffee
Most coffee shops offer a hazelnut coffee made with “hazelnut flavoured” syrup. While it is delicious, it can add a lot of sugar, fat, and calories to your morning coffee. Furthermore, it is not the traditional method of making a hazelnut brew.
It is not difficult to make authentic hazelnut coffee. The majority of the supplies and ingredients are likely to be items you already have on hand.
- Coffee Beans of your choice (light roast is usually preferred)
- Milk of choice
- Sweetener of choice
- Optional: Hazelnut extract
- Shelled, unsalted hazelnuts
1. Gather the ingredients.
Your first step should be to obtain your preferred whole bean coffee. We recommend using a light roast to bring out the flavour. You’ll also need unsalted hazelnuts because salt can change the flavour of your coffee. You should also make sure the nuts have their skins on, as the majority of the flavour is found in the outer shells. Don’t worry, there will be no trace of the skin in your brew. You should weigh out your beans and nuts. We recommend combining two parts beans and one part nuts. However, you may need to experiment with the ratio until you find the right flavour for you.
2. Grind the coffee and hazelnuts.
Place the beans and hazelnuts in a coffee grinder to grind together. The result should ideally be coarse, which will help bring out the flavour of the nuts through the beans.
3. Brew the coffee.
You can use any brewer you have on hand for this recipe. If you have a choice, we recommend using a French press to bring out more of the hazelnut flavour. Fill the machine with the grounds and brew as usual.
4. Add milk or sugar (optional).
This final step is entirely optional. Many people prefer their hazelnut coffee black, with no added ingredients. However, adding some milk and sweetener can help to lighten it up. Pour one or both into a mug and top with coffee.
Tasty Tip: Use almond milk instead of dairy milk to make your brew as healthy as possible. It not only reduces calories and fat, but it also adds another layer of nutty goodness. If you don’t heat the almond milk before adding it to the hot coffee, it will separate.
If you want a stronger hazelnut flavour, try adding a couple of drops of hazelnut extract to your coffee. Half a tablespoon of maple syrup can also be used to sweeten it without adding sugar. Furthermore, the two flavours combine to form a smooth and tasty blend.
Making a Coffee House Hazelnut Brew
If you prefer your hazelnut coffee sweeter and more akin to a desert beverage, the coffee house version is your best bet. Like the recipe above, it is a straightforward procedure that will have you sipping the brew in no time.
Gather all of your ingredients, as well as some of the optional items, so you can experiment with different variations of your favourite coffee flavour.
- Preferred coffee (whole beans or ground)
- Hazelnut syrup (natural if possible)
- Cream or milk
- Sweetener of choice
- Ground cinnamon, whipped cream, Nutella (optional)
- Drip coffee maker or other brewers
- Make the Coffee – The first step is to make some coffee. You can use any type of coffee, but we recommend a medium roast. A traditional drip coffee maker is also recommended. You may have to experiment with different coffees to determine which one works best, but in this case, you can make enough for everyone.
- Add Hazelnut Syrup – Hazelnut syrup can be found in coffee shops, grocery stores, and online. Because they are not all created equal, you may need to try a few before you find the right one. After you’ve brewed your coffee, take a mug and add two tablespoons of hazelnut syrup to the bottom. Pour in the coffee and stir until well combined.
- Add Milk and Sugar – To give your brew a smooth, creamy texture, add cream or milk to taste. You can also use sweetener. However, you should add the sweetener gradually. Even all-natural syrups can be sweet. Add half a teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired sweetness.
Tasty Tip: We prefer organic syrup as it has less sugar and can be used in many other recipes. You can try making your own or take a look at some of our favorite brands.
Tasty Tip: If you want to ramp up your coffee, try a Nutella hazelnut coffee. To make, brew four cups of your favorite coffee. Then, in a large saucepan heat on medium, heat the following: coffee, 1/4 cup of hazelnut syrup, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and a pinch of ground cinnamon.
In a separate bowl, add ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream and 1 tablespoon of Nutella. Beat rapidly with a whisk until it thickens to a whipped cream texture. Divide coffee into four mugs and add whipped Nutella to the top.
Hazelnut Coffee Recipes
Now that we have covered how to make the two base versions, we also wanted to share the steps to make an iced hazelnut coffee and a hazelnut cappuccino. Both of these are a classic of the flavor and are still easy enough to make in the comfort of your own home.
Hazelnut Iced Coffee
Iced coffee is ideal during the summer months, but it can be enjoyed all year. While a hazelnut ice coffee is delicious on its own, we prefer this mocha version because it adds a little something extra to the recipe.
- Hazelnuts or hazelnut syrup
- Milk (or half and a half)
- Chocolate syrup
- Cocoa powder
- Vanilla extract
- Heavy whipping cream
- Lidded container
- Small bowl
- Make some coffee: Make 4 cups of coffee according to the directions above. Transfer to a container with a tight lid and set aside to cool to room temperature. If you prefer the syrup, brew your coffee first and then add the syrup before letting it cool.
- Pour in the syrup, milk, and vanilla extract: Once cool, fill the container with 14 cup chocolate syrup (or 4 tablespoons cocoa powder), 12 cup milk, and about 4 drops vanilla extract. Replace the lid and shake vigorously until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Make the whipped chocolate topping: Add two teaspoons of sugar or sweetener and a tablespoon of hot water to another small bowl. Mix until the sugar has dissolved. 14 cup heavy whipping cream and 12 teaspoon cocoa should be added to the liquid sugar. Whisk vigorously until the mixtures begin to thicken. Set to the side.
- Put it all together. Fill four cups halfway with ice. Pour coffee mixture over ice ¾ full. Add chocolate whipped topping and sprinkle with cocoa powder to garnish.
If a sweet, fancy coffee such as the one above is not to your liking, a hazelnut cappuccino may be more your speed. For this recipe, we will be making it traditionally, though you can swap out ingredients and steps to suit your needs.
- Light roast coffee beans
- Unsalted, shelled hazelnuts
- Milk of choice
- Coffee grinder
- Espresso machine
- Milk steamer or saucepan
- Grind the beans and brew espresso. As shown above, the first step is to grind your coffee beans and nuts together. A cappuccino should be made with one part espresso and one part milk, with the option of a single or double shot. Set aside the espresso after it has been brewed in a mug.
- Steam milk. You will then need to make both steamed and frothed milk. If you have a steamer, you can heat your milk using about 12 cup of your preferred milk. Otherwise, slowly heat milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently. You don’t want the milk to come to a boil. Add half of the contents to your espresso once it’s hot.
- Froth milk. Turn up the heat slightly and beat the remaining milk with a hand mixer on low. Slowly increase the speed until you see a foam-like texture appear. Fill your cup with the remaining foamed milk.
Hazelnut coffee is one of the most popular and tasty beverages, and making it at home is simple as long as you know what steps to take. We hope this article has helped you find the right recipe for you and given you some ideas on how to make a unique coffee with this flavorful nut.