Coffee Syrup Recipe

March 25, 2015(updated on October 18, 2023)
Mustache Coffee Club bag

I am on-again, off-again coffee drinker. I’ll go through long stints where I am deeply attached to a morning cup, only to suddenly switch to hot black tea with milk and honey. Currently, coffee and I are hot and heavy, so when the folks at Moustache Coffee Club got in touch and asked if I wanted to team up for a giveaway, I said yes.

mustache coffee beans

Based in Los Angeles, Moustache is a coffee subscription club where you can opt to get a bag of gently roasted, single origin beans on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. They roast and ship on the same day in the hopes of getting you the freshest beans possible.

3 ounces coffee beans

They sent me a 12 ounce bag of their Colombian beans (I was told that these beans were a medium roast, which is a little darker than their norm) and asked if I might like to make something with them. And so, I did.

coffee concentrate set-up

I made a sweetened coffee concentrate to use in making a Thai iced coffee analog (which I will drink sitting on a park bench, if warmer days ever come). I measured out 3 ounces of beans and ground them quite fine (I have this grinder and I love it. It’s pricy, but good for coffee obsessives).

pouring water

I measured 1 cup of organic cane sugar into a pint sized mason jar and set the coffee filter up over it, and brewed a very strong 12 or so ounces of coffee right into the sugar.

making coffee syrup

Once the jar was nearly full with coffee, I removed the coffee filter and used a small whisk to help dissolve the sugar into the coffee. It only took a 30 seconds or so of careful stirring until the sugar and coffee were fully integrated.

full jar

I put a lid on the jar and once it was cool, popped it into the fridge. It’ll keep for a few weeks.

In addition to making a faux Thai iced coffee (traditionally, it’s made with sweetened condensed milk and freshly brewed coffee, but I find that this method makes for a faster cup and I don’t have to deal with sticky containers of sweetened condensed milk), I also occasionally will stir some of the concentrate into fizzy water for a coffee-flavored Italian soda.

whisking sugar into coffee

Now, for the giveaway. The nice folks at Moustache Coffee Club want to give one Food in Jars reader a 12 ounce bag of their coffee. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your favorite warm drink.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, March 29, 2015.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Moustache Coffee Club gave me a 12 ounce bag of their coffee and are providing an additional one for this giveaway. No additional compensation was provided and all opinions expressed were honest and my own.  

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198 thoughts on "Coffee Syrup Recipe"

  • I have to say that pumpkim coffee is my all time favorite. I have a pod maker and dwhen I run out of the k cups I will make my own using a good coffee and pumpkin spice. I love this in the morning, every morning but at beed time I like to have a cuppa tea. I have a variety of flavored teas and vary them all every night.

    Loved your recipe for the chai coffee. I have got to try it.

  • I can’t wait to try to coffee syrup. I love iced coffee and here is a way to incorporate it with sparkling water. But there is still nothing like an espresso shot with a lemon twist like we drank it in Italy.

  • It’s a toss up between a chai and a vanilla breve 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win such a FAB prize!


  • By far, my favorite hot beverage is coffee. I love even the smell of it. If I could I would drink it all day, but then I’d never sleep.

    I like tea but it’s a distant second.

  • A nice cup of warm Black Coffee with a little cinnamon swirled in on a Winter morning is my favorite warm drink

  • I just love coffee. After working as a 3rd, shift nurse for 25 years, I can drink it from hot to cold. I would fix a cup ane something would happen,and by the time I got back to it, it would be cold.

  • I’d love to try this coffee. It is not always easy to get good coffee, so the idea of having it delivered is very appealing

  • Assam tea with a splash of milk is my go to warm drink. My husband loves coffee, though, so this is up his alley.

  • I am a bit of a coffee nut. I love coffee anytime of day. But for the holidays or as the air starts to cool in fall, I enjoy a hot cup of spiced apple cider. It screams autumn, warm fires and cool, crisp air. Plus, it makes my home smell delicious. But then, so does freshly brewed coffee. I guess I really do love coffee.

  • I love my morning cup of coffee, not for the caffeine, just for the beautiful flavor. It starts my day better.

  • My favorite warm drink is coffee, obviously! but no cup of coffee comes close to that very first cup in the morning. Why is that? I don’t know, but that cup — specifically — is my favorite warm drink.

  • Coffee. Just coffee. It’s a morning requirement. I might have a bit of an addiction, but I’m okay with it. 🙂

  • I LOVE vanilla chai lattes with a shot of espresso–the smoky, bitter espresso really complements the spices in the chai, and the vanilla sweetens everything up!

  • My morning favorite these days is Earl grey with cream and honey but it canges regularly lol I brew jasmine tea most evenings

  • Mmmm, I’ve been craving coffee all week. I’ve been trying to cut out excess sugar, so I’ve been having this apple caramel almond black tea all the time lately. It smells so good I can at least pretend it has sugar in it.

  • For every day, I love to brew tea to the point it’s strong enough to dissolve spoons, but I do love homemade cocoa, especially when I can throw a shot of Frangelico or Kahlua in it 🙂

  • I love coffee but if I want a treat I make hot chocolate with marshmallows. If I want to make it an adult beverage I will use one of Baily’s many flavors.

  • I made it through this winter thanks to nightly hot cups of tulsi-lemon verbena tea with a slice of Meyer lemon!

  • Hot chocolate, because I guess I am a child at heart. But I also really dig tea, chai, and the occasional coffee 🙂

  • Like you, I go back and forth. I love all teas and coffee! I usually do one cup of each a day to minimize the jitters.

  • To me, there is nothing finer than a well-made cappuccino. It’s rich, it’s velvety, it’s energizing – what more can you ask for?

  • My morning joy a cup of pour-over coffee with milk -something I have made just about every morning for 30+ years.

  • I love a giant cup of very strong coffee in the morning but switch my allegiance to a nice cup of Earl Grey later in the day.

  • I am mainly a tea drinker, but for some reason nothing quite does it for me in the morning like a cup of coffee with sugar and half&half.

  • I have so many warm drink faves: Chai, hot cocoa, vanilla latte. But I think my french pressed coffee with brown sugar and cinnamon is a go-to right now. 🙂

  • Hot chocolate with real whipped cream. DH, however loves a good cup of hot black coffee so I would love to win this for him.

  • When I need caffeine, I usually turn to coffee (Chemex, black) or Earl Grey tea (with or without milk). When I need decaf, I switch it up to rooibos or barley tea. This afternoon, I need caffeine, so it’s coffee time!

  • I love my morning coffee, but a cup of good jasmine green tea has a simple decadence I can enjoy any time of day.

  • I make my coffee each morning with my Aero press but when I want to indulge I go for a latte with almond syrup. num num

  • Favorite warm drink- something my mom calls Russian tea: a combination of Tang, powdered iced tea, powdered lemonade, and cinnamon in boiling water. A tad too much to have on a regular basis, but delicious in moderation.

  • This faux Vietnamese coffee looks GREAT.

    I think I love all hot drinks. I usually have very strong black coffee in the morning, but then tea throughout the day. And the occasional hot chocolate. Current fave is smoked black tea with cream and a smidge of sugar.

  • This winter I’ve quite enjoyed a frothy hot milk with flavoring such as caramel syrup or vanilla extract, with some sugar for sweetening, and a hearty shake of cinnamon sugar on top. It’s my afternoon treat.

  • Dark coffee with a little bit of soy milk or creamer in the morning. I make a variety of other drinks throughout the day like jasmine tea in the early afternoon, mint tea in the evenings and hot cocoa for dessert but if I have nothing else, even on hot summer mornings is my cup of hot dark coffee.

  • My very favorite warm drink of ALL time is the Buddha liquid truffle from French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, NC. It is creamy, decadent, and painfully delicious. Sadly, I live in MA, so I won’t be having another one of these any time soon. =[

  • Every morning must start with caramel coffee with fat free half & half. Sometimes I add a shot of Torani vanilla or caramel syrup!

  • I like a faux mocha (a fauxcha?) myself–coffee mixed with a packet of good hot chocolate. No comparison to the real thing but for an easy pick me up, it’s hard to beat!

  • My favorite warm drink is an upside down caramel macchiato as an after dinner drink in place of dessert. Not only do I prefer my shots on the bottom but mixed with whipped cream and vanilla syrup. From there add hot frothy foam, extra whip and a drizzling of caramel. Years ago, my daughter worked at the local coffee shop and the baristas concocted this version just for me and called it “The Mom Drink.”

  • In the morning, I like a hot cup of french press coffee. In the evening to unwind, I drink a hot cup of water with a slice of lemon, a little honey, and a few thyme leaves that have been dried from my garden, very relaxing.

  • Coava or Heart coffee roasters here in Portland are two of my favorites. French press with a bit of half and half – perfect start to a Saturday morning!

  • I usually start my day with a cup of freshly ground coffee, can’t beat fresh coffee beans! (disclaimer: i will make a cup of keurig in a rush)

  • Vietnamese coffee, made with the traditional filter and sweetened condensed milk. Which leads me to remark that if you do want to use condensed milk in your Thai or Vietnamese coffee, it is easy to pour the containerful into a reused honey dispenser, ideally one with a flat lid so it can sit upside down in your fridge.