Oma’s Holiday Spiced Coffee Recipe

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Growing up as a child, my grandmother’s kitchen was always a safe haven. It was a place of comfort, laughter and too many wonderful memories to count.

One thing I remember most about mornings in Oma’s kitchen was the smell of brewing coffee. I remember our mornings together sitting at her tiny breakfast table in the breakfast nook of her kitchen. The aroma of coffee wafting up into my nose as we waited for coffee to brew and our toast to pop up so we could spread brie cheese on it (We are German. Bread and cheese for breakfast was a standard).

Over breakfast, I often heard all the wartime stories about how little they had during that time (WWII). The story that always struck me the most was how they would stand outside a bakery to get full off of the smells coming from inside. Can you imagine trying to fill your stomach with aromas?

Oma's Clean Eating Holiday Spiced Coffee Recipe

I also heard tales of saved thread that was slowly and painstakingly pulled out of old garments and carefully wound up into a ball to use again to sew something new.

But the story I heard most often, when Oma was savoring her morning cup of coffee, was how excited they would get when a cousin in Africa would send them a package of coffee in the mail. My grandmother and her sisters would gather around the box, oooh-ing and aaah-ing over the coffee, how it smelled and what they could trade for some of it. And of course, most was reserved for enjoying.

Oma's Clean Eating Holiday Spiced Coffee Recipe In Cups

When they came to America in 1953, coffee was an instant staple in the house. I remember there always being and old can of Folgers® coffee in her kitchen. I can still see that can in my mind now, some 30 years later. It was a permanent fixture in her cabinet.

Every time she would have her German friends over for a kaffeeklatsch (a casual meeting of friends for coffee, usually just women, but not always) that familiar favorite can of coffee would come out of the cabinet and that wonderful aroma would waft through the house again, just like it had at breakfast earlier that morning.

That smell created so many wonderful memories for me with my grandmother. It’s pretty amazing how connected we get to life events through smell. Folgers® was a part of my childhood, and I will always treasure those memories.

So when Folgers® announced this Limited Edition Collector’s Can, which you can get EXCLUSIVELY at Target, I had to give it a try just to see if all those memories would come flooding back.

Boy did they! I felt like I was sitting back in her kitchen again with the stove warming everything and that smile on her face as she sat across from me enjoying each sip. Truly a wonderful experience in each cup.

In honor of my grandmother and all the memories she created with me, I thought I would share a simple spice coffee recipe that she always made around the holidays. It’s a mildly spiced coffee that gives just enough flavor to be a little different this time of year.

Oma's Clean Eating Holiday Spiced Coffee Recipe For Breakfast


This recipe only works with paper filters or a french press. With any other type of coffee maker, the spices will clog your machine.


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Oma's Clean Eating Holiday Spiced Coffee Recipe

Oma's Clean Eating Holiday Spiced Coffee Recipe

Oma's holiday coffee was something special she served only at this time of year.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 14kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 4 tbsp. Folgers® Coffee
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • sweetener of choice (Oma used honey!)


  • Add the water to the coffee maker.
  • Add the coffee and spices to the filter and brew as usual.
  • Serve with a little sweetener and some milk.


Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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  1. sounds great Tiffany but maybe instead of putting the spices through a Keurig etc you put the spices in the cup and then do the coffee? Just a thought. This our thanksgiving weekend in Canada and I have much to be thankful for. You and your blog are on my list.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Anne – Ya, as I mentioned, this will only work in a machine with paper filters or a french press. I don’t recommend it for a keurig. The spices would clog things up pretty fast. But you could certainly try putting them in the cup and then straining them out. I just haven’t tried it myself, so it’s hard for me to say if it’s as effective.

      Happy Thanksgiving!! And thank you for reading my blog Anne! 😀

  2. AZ@...And a Dash of Cinnamon says:

    I Love putting spices in my coffee! I often put in cinnamon but I’ve never tried cardamom!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      AZ – Give it a try! It’s yummy! 🙂

  3. i use a percolater type coffee maker. first they truly make some of the best coffee hands down. second you can add spices right in. i do it all the time when making coffee. 🙂
    i loved the story of your grandmother and how cozy her home and your time with her sounded.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laura – Thanks for the input! I definitely had some very special moments with my Oma. She was an incredible lady.

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