How to Make Hazelnut Coffee (A Recipe)

If you love a light, creamy, smooth, and nut-tasting kind of coffee, then prepare to be amazed by this delicious hazelnut coffee recipe! It takes five minutes to whip up some homemade brew and add hazelnut flavoring, sweetener, and anything you’d like to compliment your piping hot coffee in a tall glass as the perfect treat.

This article discusses three easy steps to follow along in this simple hazelnut coffee recipe.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 cup of preferred brewed coffee
  • 1 tbsp of hazelnut flavoring for coffee, or 1 tbsp of shelled, unsalted hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp of sweetener of choice
  • 1 tbsp of milk or cream of choice (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of whipped topping (optional)
  • 1 tsp of Nutella, or 1 tsp of hazelnut extract (optional)
  • 1/32 tsp of ground cinnamon (optional)
  • Coffee maker

3 Steps: How To Make Hazelnut Coffee Recipe

What is hazelnut coffee? At its most basic, hazelnut coffee is brewed with hazelnuts and some sweetener. The hazelnuts are inherent in natural or artificial hazelnut flavorings. At its most decadent, hazelnut coffee is a deliciously smooth and nutty delicacy.

Hazelnut coffee ingredients and their ratios vary depending on dietary restrictions and personal preferences. Hazelnut coffee drinks can be enjoyed as hot and cold coffee, as milk-based beverages like lattes, and combined with alternatives such as almond milk.

If you are keen to try making some of these coffee drink types at home and are looking for complementary or alternative means of flavoring them, take a look at some of the best coffee creamers or syrups for coffee to use for your drink. Try making a simple Frappuccino to test new flavors and get a similarly sweet, creamy goodness as you’d find in this brew.

Ready to try this cafe-quality coffee? Let’s learn how to make hazelnut coffee home with some suggested modifications.

1. Brew Your Preferred Coffee With Hazelnuts

Choose your preferred whole beans or ground coffee. Lighter roasts are recommended to get the most out of your brew’s flavor. Manually grind whole coffee beans right before brewing to ensure the freshest bean quality. French press, dip coffee maker, or any available brewing method will work well here.

If you use flavoring instead of hazelnuts, add 1 tbsp of hazelnut syrup to the bottom of the glass before pouring your prepped brew.

If you are using real hazelnuts for a more traditional hazelnut coffee, make sure they are both shelled and unsalted. Salt neutralizes the inherent bitterness of coffee, so you want to avoid adding salt to preserve the authentic flavors of your brew. Most of the taste in hazelnuts comes from their outer layer, so keep this intact. You won’t find nut skin bits in your drink. Start with a ratio of two parts coffee and one part hazelnuts, such as 2 tbsps of coffee beans and 1 tbsp of shelled, unsalted hazelnuts. Experiment to find the best taste for you.

For real hazelnuts, we suggest manually grinding them with beans into a coarse grind in a food processor or spice grinder, as ground hazelnuts release oil that may affect your coffee grinder.

Pro tip: Add hazel extract, vanilla extract, or any other flavored extract of your choice to your grounds to infuse your coffee with more flavor before the brewing process.

2. Add In The Desired Milk, Cream, And Sweetener

Add milk of your choice, whether whole milk or a dairy alternative like almond milk. You can also use heavy cream or half and half instead. You don’t need a lot here, only 1 tbsp of either, or your brew may become too diluted and lose the taste of hazelnuts.

Does hazelnut coffee have sugar? If you are using hazelnut flavoring, yes, it does, and it may be sweet enough that you don’t need to add more sweetener. If you are using hazelnuts, try adding 1 tsp of granulated white sugar, brown sugar, or a complimentary natural syrup that works well with a hazelnut coffee flavor. Strawberry and raspberry syrups can bring out the nuttiness.

You may be perfectly content with a black coffee version of this drink and opt out of everything extra.

If so, skip this step, or start enjoying your coffee right away!

Pro tip: Nutella! If you want to make a Nutella hazelnut coffee:

  1. Use a small bowl to mix 1 tbsp of heavy whipping cream and 1 tsp of Nutella.
  2. Stir quickly with a whisk or a fork until it froths up, thickening into a whipped cream consistency.
  3. Top this onto your drink. If you don’t have heavy whipping cream, spoon 1 tsp of Nutella or melted chocolate into your coffee and top your beverage with some whipped cream.
  4. Sprinkle some sweetener on top of the whipped cream.

3. Add In The Final Touches, Serve Immediately, And Enjoy!

And, voila! A delicious hazelnut coffee for you to sip on and enjoy the taste in the comfort of your home! After you fill your glass, top it with 1/32 tsp of ground cinnamon to mix two delectable aromas into one cozy blended experience and get the best notes.

Pro tip: Want to know how to make a copycat iced Starbucks hazelnut latte recipe? Add 1 ½ cups of ice cubes to a tall glass. Add hazelnut syrup, about 1 ½ tsp. Brew and add in ½ cup of a light roast or a medium roast coffee. Top it up with ¼ cup of milk of your choice, stir until it is fully mixed, and enjoy this iced hazelnut coffee recipe! (1)

Final Thoughts

Making a homemade hazelnut coffee with this delicious and straightforward recipe only requires you to have brewed coffee, sweetener, and hazelnut flavoring in some capacity.

Get creative with your hazelnut coffee after perfecting the recipe basics here by trying different types of milks, creams, flavored extracts, spices, add-ins like cocoa powder, and sweeteners like granulated white sugar maple syrup. There is no right or wrong way: there is only your way, plus hazelnuts.

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FAQs

Hazelnut coffee tastes like an intensely nutty, sweetened, rich, creamy, and earthy brew that blends nicely into the bitterness of the coffee beans. The prevailing aroma is lovely and makes a great introduction into the coffee world for new at-home baristas.

Hazelnut coffee is good for you. Hazelnut coffee benefits include:

Improving your heart health with omega-3 fatty acids.
Bolstering the effects of oxidative stress with antioxidants.
Reducing inflammation and cholesterol with phenolic compounds.

Hazelnuts also have nutrients like vitamin E and proanthocyanidins, which help reduce the risk of cancer. (2)

Because the optional additions for this coffee contain a lot of sugar, fat, and calories, enjoy the sweetened version of this brew in moderation.

Hazelnut coffee generally does not have nuts in it. However, the ingredients in this recipe may contain nuts, such as Nutella and certain Hazelnut flavoring syrup brands. Typically hazelnut-flavored items do not contain allergens like hazelnuts, but it is advisable to contact the manufacturer and read the nutrition labels before using any. (3)

  1. Starbucks Coffee At Home. (n.d.). Iced Hazelnut Coffee. Retrieved September 22, 2022, from https://athome.starbucks.com/recipe/iced-hazelnut-coffee
  2. Pathak, N. (2020, September 17). Health Benefits of Hazelnuts. Retrieved September 20, 2022, from https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-hazelnuts
  3. Bradley, J. (2022, June 27). Hazelnut Allergy: Symptoms and Treatment. Retrieved September 20, 2022, from https://www.verywellhealth.com/hazelnut-allergy-symptoms-and-treatment-1324368

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