Coffee Syrup Recipe

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 responses to “Coffee Syrup Recipe”

  1. I learned to drink old black truck stop coffee while working nights to pay for school. Black coffee is still a favorite, although my standards are higher now!

  2. I was a black coffee drinker until one day when I decided to add just a little heavy cream. Now I love coffee so much that I can’t wait to get up in the morning so I can have some more!

  3. I am ridiculously fond of coffee with milk, sugar, and black baking cocoa powder added to it. I like this combination so much that I mix together my sugar and black cocoa and carry a small jar of it with me whenever I travel, and I also use it to flavor decaf in the evening, or even just make hot cocoa without the coffee at all.

  4. My favorite warm drink is the caramel latte from a bakery that makes its own caramel sauce. It’s not fake tasting or overly sweet.

  5. Strong black coffee for me too, although sometimes I will add a little sugar and cream in the evening. This recipe looks intriguing though, because we do like a frozen mocha! Think I will try it with a little chocolate and see how it works out!

  6. Coffee made with fresh ground (local roasted) beans, a shot of toffee nut syrup or stevia, and whipped cream on top sprinkled with java sprinkles.

  7. Fresh-brewed pour-over coffee with heavy cream, lots of sugar, and a couple of teaspoons of my homemade brandied vanilla (vanilla beans brewed in brandy)! Oh my.

  8. I drink a cup of coffee with some beef gelatin every morning. It’s the easiest way for me to get my daily dose of gelatin.

  9. I love a good latte. We are switching to a French press, so we are trying all types of fresh beans to find our favorites.

  10. Favorite warm drink…a good strong cup of coffee with half and half.

    Your coffee syrup is a great idea. Not sure what else I’d do but it’s fun think, maybe add vodka and cream for the White Russian, use as syrup over cinnamon icecream, use a bit in hot chocolate. THANKS!

  11. My favorite warm coffee drink is either a peppermint mocha or dark caramel latte. They just make me happy. But, for real, I will always be incredibly attached to coffee and drink at least 2 pots on Saturday and Sunday!

  12. I love blending hot coffee, coconut oil (and sometimes a tablespoon of grass fed butter), with a dabble of vanilla in a NutriBullet. I get a frothy cup of delicious, creamy coffee! Sounds weird, I know, but yummy!

  13. Once I dated a man. He was, happily, forgettable. But we drove once to SC and had some coffee at a coffee shop. It was a lovely Charleston day and we sat at a table outside and I ordered maple coffee. It wasn’t sweet, but had a deep, rich maple-y flavor. I have never had a cup of coffee so good since and fear I’ll never have one that good again.

    Although, every cup of coffee I have with my husband is far more enjoyable than any cup of coffee had before he came along!

  14. The best cup of coffee is one that you are sharing. My youngest daughter was the early bird of her siblings. We shared many a cup of coffee on the back porch over looking the lake before she went to school. Tops in coffee? Bless the camper that brews the first pot of coffer over our campfire. What a delicious aroma to wake up to. I enjoy a hearty coffee, dark no milk or sugar. Although a shot of whiskey in my coffee sure warms a body up at bedtime when tenting, P.S. My age is 70-years young, Have been a scout leader with the Boy Scout of america for thirty-seven years.

  15. The first cup in the morning always makes the day so I savor it religiously! This recipe would be great drizzled over vanilla bean ice cream! Making it today. Thank You!

  16. My favorite hot beverage is hot cocoa, spiked with something like Kalua. Or hot cider mulled with lots of spices. But a favorite memory is drinking the bottom of my mother’s coffee cup, all sugar and cream!

  17. I’m not a coffee-drinker at all, but my boyfriend is! To the point, that he can’t even speak in the morning (and make any sense) until he’s had his first sip. My favorite warm drink is a big pot of english black tea…I absolutely love it!

  18. It’s hard to beat a good soy mint mocha when it’s cold out. I’ve been drinking lots of mulled wine this winter too. In the interest of waistline and wallet preservation I’ve been drinking more home brewed coffee to get me through the day than mochas, though. Love the coffee syrup idea!

  19. I love my morning cup of coffee with just a little half and half. Also a big fan of the Earl Green tea from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea.

  20. Warm soy, or better these days, almond milk with a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and turmeric. A dash of honey. Delicious and healthy.

  21. My favorite warm drink is (surprise surprise) COFFEE! I love it, will drink it any time of day or night, and even when it’s 100* still love it hot!

  22. My favorite warm mug full depends on the time of day.
    First thing in the morning – COFFEE! With milk and a smidge of sugar.
    Late afternoon after a long day out in the cold – hot chocolate.
    Evening, especially if I’m feeling under the weather – a nice hot whiskey with lemon and honey.

  23. My current favorite hot drink is coffee with whole milk and a dollop of chocolate syrup. But I’m hoping it will be warm enough soon for iced coffee!

  24. I am a hot black tea with half+half and sometimes honey kind of girl! my boyfriend is definitely a coffee with sugar kind of guy. I love the idea of the coffee subscription as a gift!!

  25. My favorite hot drink is wassail that I brew and seal up in mason jars every Christmas holiday. I love the smell of the citrus simmering and the lovely tastes of apple cider! DELISH!

  26. My cravings cycle based on the season, so most satisfying through the deep winter was mushroom broth simmered with vegetables and healing herbs. That extra nourishment even meant a (slight) decrease in my coffee intake.

  27. My favorite warm drink has got to be coffee! Every morning! I also like a drink mix my grandma used to make called Russian Tea (I’ve also seen it called spiced orange tea.)

  28. I love a great coffee and tea drinks. I run the spectrum from a cup o’Joe, black and strong to the various hot or cold coffee drinks found in your local coffee house. I was a barista in the early/mid 80’s for a while so it allowed me to learn so many joys of coffee. My absolute favorite? A hot pulled expresso drink called a Valencia or Cafe Valencia. It’s a shot of expresso with a spoon of foam for coloring, added to that a teaspoon of orange rind, fine shred and dried. The smell is heavenly. Try it on a warm summer day on a porch with a great view. Ah, heaven!

  29. My favorite hot drink is….tea. Earl Grey Supreme from Harney and Sons. Loose leaf brewed in a lovely tea ball I have.

    Coming in second is a store brand European Style Hot Cocoa which is the richest, darkest, chocolatiest cocoa I’ve ever had. I drink this brand exclusively in the winter.

    Sorry, not a coffee drinker.

    But my parents are.

    The coffee will find a good home.

    (Could this coffee syrup be used in making brownies and chocolate cake?)

  30. My favorite hot drink is a London fog. But in the summer I make a lot if cold brewed coffee concentrates to use with milk and this would be lovely for that!

  31. Coffee will forever be my favorite warm drink. Black. I have every brewing method available: Chemex, French Press, Aeropress and the old drip machine. I never want to quit coffee, ever.

  32. Coffee probably #1, with Biglow’s constant comment as a close second; so many childhood memories assoicated with that spicey orange scent.

  33. Yay, coffee! That syrup is a great idea, especially for summer iced drinks. I love way too many hot caffeinated (and non) beverages to pick just one! So I’m jut going to go with classic hot coffee with a little cream. So good. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  34. Coffee is at the top of the list. The list continues with black tea, chamomile tea, hot toddies, and hot water with lemon.

  35. Right now it’s mostly tea for me. I drink a few cups every day. Though once Fall arrives I’m a sucker for any kind of pumpkin coffee I can get my hands on.

  36. Coffee with cream (for now), but if it’s cold and rainy, definitely tea with milk (reminds me of my time spent in England!)

  37. love my morning coffee, super strong (espresso strong with IDchocolate caramel syrup. i like to make coffee ice cubes with leftover and use them in kahlua drinks and iced coffee drinks. always willing to try a new coffee

  38. My favorite hot drinks are broths and teas. Lately tried chaga and at times it’s good with coconut milk and a bit of honey for a creamy soothing drink. If I win this coffee giveaway, I’ll give it to my mom, who enjoys coffee.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. Coffee. Just coffee. It’s a morning requirement. I might have a bit of an addiction, but I’m okay with it. πŸ™‚

  47. 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!

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

  49. 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.

  50. 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 πŸ™‚

  51. 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.

  52. Hot chocolate, because I guess I am a child at heart. But I also really dig tea, chai, and the occasional coffee πŸ™‚

  53. 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.

  54. 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?

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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. πŸ™‚

  58. 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.

  59. 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!

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

  61. 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

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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. =[

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

  68. 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!

  69. 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.”

  70. 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.

  71. 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!

  72. 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)

  73. 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.

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