Coffee trends come and go. Some trends stick around, and stand the test of time (god bless the soul who brought coffee shop syrups into the world) and some fade away, soon to be forgotten (anyone remember the mushroom coffee trend? Nope I’m not admitting to that one either.)
One of the greatest coffee trends of our time has to be seasonal coffee. Perhaps even the number one greatest coffee trend of our generation. Seasonal coffee gives us a break from the norm, a little extra boost and spring in our step as we race to sample the new seasonal menu and treats.
If you are unfamiliar with the concept of seasonal coffee then please make yourself comfortable, and let me explain my personal coffee passion.
At different times of the year our favourite baristas will treat us to a break from the mundane, and produce a special, usually limited time menu. Not in place of the usual menu, but in addition to. This means that the less adventurous among us can stick to the usual go-to order, whilst the thrill seekers can experiment with some seasonal flavours.
The standard seasonal coffee trends are:
- Spring season coffee trends. Spring brings St Patricks day and the delightful Irish cream coffee. Also fresh and bold flavours make a temporary appearance such as rosewater infused latte and lavender expresso,
- Summer season coffee trends. As the temperature rises I still need my caffeine fix but I also need to keep my cool. This is why I am eternally grateful for the selection of special flavoured iced coffees that appear during the Summer months. Particularly those with tropical vibes such as coconut coffee.
- Fall season coffee trends. As the weather turns cooler and we start the run up to Halloween I always see fall coffee menus with warm and soothing flavours such as pumpkin spiced latte or Maple coffee.
- Winter and Christmas coffee trends. The winter months bring indulgent and powerful flavours and of course an extra special Christmas coffee menu. Christmas coffee is without a single shred of doubt my personal favourite. Not only is Christmas the most wonderful time of the year, but the run up to the festive period brings the most wonderful coffee trends.
There are so many Christmas coffee favourites its hard to know where to start. From the classic and nostalgic eggnog coffee to the new and bold Brazilian spice blend coffee. Not forgetting my personal all time favourites; gingerbread coffee and sugar cookie coffee. Both sweet, rich and indulgent and both guaranteed to make me feel warm, festive and full of that all important Christmas cheer.
Its not just the sweet and smooth velvet taste of Christmas coffee, the smell is just as important too. Those rich scents always stirs happy Christmas memories. I cannot wait for this years Christmas coffee menu. I intend to start, and finish, every single Christmas shopping trip with a seasonal coffee and maybe a festive cupcake too.