Snow Day? Holiday Time? This coffee drink is the perfect beverage to spice up your morning. If you are a lover of chai tea or golden milk, this is the coffee drink for you!
The Difference Between Mace and Nutmeg
Growing up, I would always see recipes that said I could substitute a spice called Mace instead of Nutmeg. I always assumed it was some inferior spice that tasted similar, but was not a worthy substitute for the "real thing". It wasn't until recently that I realized (with a touch of embarrassment) that mace is actually part of the same plant.
There are actually two spices that come from the same fruit. Mace is the seed covering and nutmeg is the seed. While nutmeg has stronger intensity, mace is no lesser a spice, as I once thought.
I tell you this because nutmeg and/or mace is one of the key ingredients in this spiced coffee drink I learned from an Indonesian friend…the recipe, of course, with my twist. This is a wonderful warm drink for the holidays. If you are a lover of chai tea or golden milk, this is the coffee drink for you!
Fresh vs. Dry Spices
A note on fresh versus dry for your Spiced Indonesian Style Coffee. I feel certain spices like turmeric, ginger, and nutmeg are all exceptional when fresh. However, dry spices work just fine in almost any recipe. I find when buying from Indian markets, the volume and turnover is so great that the spices often are of better quality. If buying from the grocery store, simply choose spices that you can see (in a clear jar) and that look vibrant in color.
Spiced Indonesian Style Coffee
- 6 cups prepared coffee
- 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg or mace
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 can coconut milk or milk preference
- 1 can condensed coconut milk optional
- Shake the coconut milk before opening.
- Place the coconut milk and spices in a small pot and warm over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally.
- You want the milk to warm, but not boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes, then whisk into your coffee to your liking.
- If you prefer your coffee sweet, I love to add a spoonful of condensed coconut milk as my sweetner to this. You can add per cup and by preference.