There was a time, not that long ago, when a cup of coffee was simply a cup of coffee. The only variety depended on the quality of bean and how much cream and/or sugar each individual chose to add to their cup. However, modern coffee technology has added an almost endless selection of flavors and varieties to the morning wake up drink. With the expansion of coffee house businesses and single cup coffee brewers, the flavor count has risen exponentially. Some of these flavors are pretty common, while some are actually quite unusual or strange. Most every coffee drinker is familiar with flavors such as hazelnut or French Vanilla, but what are some of the strangest and less common flavors that one might stumble across?
Bacon Flavored Coffee – It would seem like a perfect fit. Coffee is the quintessential morning drink and bacon is the quintessential morning food, why shouldn’t they be put together into a single package? Probably because bacon, while a wonderful treat in itself, is not a flavor that is often craved in other items. There is a reason that one will not find bacon flavored yogurt or a bacon flavored sports drink anywhere on the market.
Corn Coffee – Corn is one of the base links in the food chain. Beyond corn on (or off) the cob as a popular side dish, corn syrup and/or corn starch appear in just about every item that can be dug out of the common pantry. In addition, corn is commonly used as feed for most types of livestock, which means that just about every type of meat that was not hunted down in the wild used corn in its production. Taking this into account, shouldn’t corn get a crack at flavoring the coffee bean too?
Roasted Dandelion Root Coffee – Now, call me crazy, but looking at those unwanted weeds out on the lawn, at no time did it occur to me that I should try to strain hot water through their roots and see how it tasted. But, obviously it did occur to somebody, because this drink does exist. However, it should be noted that most recipes for this beverage also include such large quantities of sweeteners and spices that it is a wonder how much of the original taste from the weed still exists.
Acorn Nut Coffee – Hazelnut and walnut related flavors have proven to have widespread success, so it makes sense to extend the reach to the entire nut family as a whole. However, why acorn nut coffee exists but cashew related flavors have yet to be produced is anybody’s guess. The one primary problem with this flavor is that it is not uncommon for squirrels to try to steal the user’s drink.
Some other examples of strange coffee flavors I have encountered include banana macadamia nut, Strawberries ‘n Cream, Peaches ‘n Cream, and just about anything else you can imagine. However, to turn this article on its head a bit – possibly the strangest beverage I have encountered is a coffee flavored brandy. A depressant that tastes like a stimulant – too much worlds colliding for my taste.
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