How to Perk Up Your Coffee Routine

We drink it, we love it, we need it. Coffee is a staple for many. With multiple cups consumed daily, why not spice things up (literally) with easy additions to your cup of Joe? And for the coffee devotee, we rounded up some of our favorite local products.

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March 8, 2021

Looking to give your daily cup of coffee a boost? Introduce new flavors to the routine by adding these ingredients, many of which you may find in your pantry. 

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Bring an extra level of warmth and subtle sweetness to your cup of joe with the addition of nuts.  


Add a teaspoon of walnut oil to the bottom of your cup and pour in your hot coffee.  Walnut oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and rich in several minerals and vitamins. Another way to elevate the nuttiness is by swirling a dollop of smooth peanut butter directly into your hot coffee, or blend together and pour over ice for a creamy, cool beverage that packs a protein boost.  

Tip: Looking to take your after-dinner coffee up a notch?  Add a shot of local distillery Skrewball Whiskey's peanut butter whiskey for a real twist!

Skrewball Whiskey


Flowers and coffee may not seem like a match, but you will be met with a truly floral bouquet that is calming and not-too-sweet.


Add dried culinary calendar or rose on top of your coffee grounds and lightly crush them. Brew as normal. You can also add the dried flowers to your already brewed coffee. Give them a swirl, taste, and remove when the flavor is right. Orange blossom water is also an easy way to achieve a light, floral taste. Add a few drops (a little goes a long way) and feel like you’re taking your Zoom calls from a botanical garden.

Acai Roots
Andrew Donovan
Acai Roots
Andrew Donovan


Ever ran out of fresh beans and resorted to using some old grounds you found stashed in the back of your cupboard? Use citrus to cut the bitterness. 


Lemon or lime peel brings a citrusy element that not only adds extra vitamin C and zest to the morning routine, but will neutralize stale, bitter flavors and balance acidity. Next time you are at your local farmers markets, grab some citrus from your favorite growers.


Move aside white sugar. There are alternative sweeteners to sweeten your cup with. 


An easy swap is pure honey. Make sure to use a local high-quality brand like Mikolich Honey to ensure you reap the benefits of antioxidants that honey carries. A drop of pure vanilla or almond extract will also provide a delightful element of flavor without sugar. Try adding cacao nibs to your whole beans and grind together to achieve a healthy mocha flavor. Cacao nibs are naturally low in sugar or sugar-free and rich in many minerals such as magnesium, iron, and zinc. Try these nibs from Acai Roots, which is based in San Diego. Roasting the nibs beforehand will cut the bitterness.

Cleo Skincare


Use natural spices to add flavor to your coffee without the sugar-laden or artificially sweetened creamers. 

How? Adding a dash of cinnamon, cardamom, or ginger (or try all three together) will not only enhance the flavor of coffee, but you will also reap the benefits of these powerful antioxidants.  Spices can also be added directly to grounds before brewing for a perfectly seasoned cup.

Local Coffee Schwag

Some of our favorite coffee spots offer up various provisions to make your home-based coffee game that much cooler.

Whole Bean Coffee

Look for house-roasted whole beans to freshly grind and French press, pour over, or from the likes of Dark Horse Coffee Roasters, Compa Coffee Roasters, Local Krave, and Seven Seas Roasting Company.

Solana Beach-based Atilano also launched in spring of last year with three inaugural blends of socially-responsible craft coffee. Beans are carefully sourced with special attention to low-impact production practices and expertly roasted in San Francisco. The company gives five percent of sales to nonprofit youth education and the environment. 


A six-pack of Skinny Donuts from Dark Horse, and cheese rolls from Azucar by the dozen. For gluten-free contactless pastries, order online from The Gluten-Free Baking Company.


This Bohemian Roast Loofah Soap to keep clean and rejuvenate with a Coffee and Mint Body Scrub made from locally spent San Diego beans.

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