We all love a little milk and sugar in our coffee to sweeten our drinks, but have you tried honey in your coffee? If you do not have it, I am here to tell you that it is a great way to add sugar and a unique flavor to your coffee.
You may be wondering why and if you should add honey to coffee. It is actually a practice performed by people around the world and it is absolutely delicious along with having lots of health benefits. In this article I will go through all the pros and the few cons that you will encounter when adding honey to your coffee.
Here are the main reasons why you should add honey to your coffee.
Why honey is better than sugar in coffee
Currently, honey versus sugar is one of the most debated topics in the coffee industry. Most people today are more conscious about their health, and this is one of the main reasons why you might want to switch to using honey instead of processed sugar.
Honey is healthier than sugar
While grams for grams of honey have more calories than sugar, there are some reasons why this does not matter and you may actually have fewer calories when you use honey than when you use sugar. A teaspoon of honey has about 21 calories, but white sugar has 12 calories with a single teaspoon.
However, honey is higher in fructose, which is sweeter than glucose, which is the normal sugar made from. As a result, you will naturally use less honey than sugar.
There are also lots of health benefits to eating honey. Sugar usually has no vitamins or minerals that are beneficial to the body unless you have a specialty sugar derived from fruit.
Honey, on the other hand, has traces of some minerals and vitamins that can be good for your body. Most natural honey species are rich in calcium and vitamin C.
It also contains antioxidants that are good for heart health and for certain cancers.
Some other health benefits of honey are:
- Unpasteurized honey has pollen that can help with allergic reactions. Especially if the honey is local and uses pollen from local flowers and plants
- Has antimicrobial properties that can help kill bacteria
- May suppress cough and improve your sleep.
Many different types of honey that you can add to coffee
There are many types of honey that can potentially give you lots of variety in your coffee. Because honey is a natural product made from bees, there are lots of different types of honey that are naturally produced based on what is available to the bee at that time.
Bees collect nectar from flowers and bring it back to the hive to regurgitate it to create honey.
Raw honey is honey that is extracted directly from a hive and then stored in a jar. This is the most natural form of honey and it can sometimes even contain some of the gingerbread inside the honey. People think that this type of honey is the best for health because it is “pure”.
Raw honey usually undergoes no heat treatment or purification, so it is full of all the natural enzymes, antioxidants, fungicides, antibacterial agents and antibiotics that bees naturally put in it. Raw manuka honey is also known for its health benefits, especially its antibiotic properties.
This manuka honey has been recognized by doctors for having medicinal effects such as killing MRSA microbes and other strains of pathogenic bacteria.
Raw honey is great in coffee because it adds lots of great health benefits to the already amazing health benefits that coffee has for you. If you are interested in the health benefits of coffee, you can read about the 18 benefits of black coffee here. Just remember that you should not give raw coffee to children under 1 year of age because of the chance it may contain Clostridium botulinum which can cause botulism.
Pasteurized honey is the regular coffee you find in the grocery store that looks golden, clear and smooth. This is because the pasteurization process cleans up the honey and makes it look golden. It also increases the durability of your honey and kills any yeast cell in the honey at that time.
However, this reduces the number of antioxidants in your honey and nutrients in your honey.
One problem with pasteurized honey is that it can be added to cory syrup because it is cheaper and easier to make. All honey is created the same, but once it has been touched by humans, other things can be added to honey.
This kind of honey is best for someone who may not use honey very often but sometimes would like to put something sweet in their coffee. Pasteurized honey can last for an extremely long time and will have no problem being stored on a shelf.
Acacia honey, Alfalfa honey, Clover honey and Fireweed honey (Light Honey)
Light honey like acacia is usually more flowery and more palatable than other types of honey. They are more neutral than dark honey, which has a stronger taste and can be added to several things.
Acacia and clover honey are a good combination with coffee because of the floral scents and sweetness. One thing you should try is to add this to cardamom coffee. You can read an article on why you should add cardamom to coffee by clicking here, but in short, floral flavors and aromas from the cardamom coffee pair extremely well with the light honey flavor.
These lighter kinds of honey are usually much sweeter than other honey and will be the best choice if you want a direct replacement of sugar and other sweeteners.
Personally, I am a fan of adding acacia honey to my coffee with cardamom with a touch of cinnamon. It has a great floral flavor and the hint of cinnamon makes in my opinion a perfect drink.
Buckwheat honey, Chestnut honey, Manuka honey and Avocado honey (Dark Honey)
Dark honey has a higher concentration of antioxidants and is usually darker than other types of honey. This is due to the amount of water that is in the honey.
These dark honey contain less water and more nectar. This makes them taste more intense and have stronger flavors. They are also darker due to the different flower nectars that can produce lighter and darker honey through the seasons.
One thing to note is that buckwheat honey is not as sweet as normal honey and can actually be a good pair with coffee. There is a malty taste that is rich and flavorful.
How to make amazing honey coffee
So now that you know why honey is so great and what pairings to try with coffee, you can get started adding honey to your coffee.
- 2 cups of coffee
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed cinnamon
To make honey coffee start by usually brewing 2 cups of coffee according to your preferred strength.
Then combine your 1/2 cup milk and 1/4 cup honey and stir until firmly attached.
Finally, pour the milk into your coffee and sprinkle your ground cinnamon on your coffee!
That’s it, now just enjoy it!
I hope by reading this article you are trying to add honey to your coffee! You may not like the taste at first, but believe me it grows on you.
Experiment with different kinds of honey, and find your favorite, and what kind of honey you like in your coffee. Thanks for reading!