Having your first cup of coffee in the morning is an essential part of your wake-up routine. It’s about taking a moment to yourself and slow down, empty your mind and start over.
Coffee lovers and connoisseurs will agree that coffee is more than just an energy-boosting hot beverage. It’s a sensory experience, a constant quest for the perfectly roasted bean and a type of self-indulgence unmatched by any other.
While you can enjoy a cup of high-quality java on its own, many people choose to complement it with something sweet. For some, a tablespoon of sugar does the trick; others love it with desserts or buttery croissants.
Whether you’re into classic pastries or you love to dip biscotti in a strong brew of espresso, here are 7 delicious and healthy recipes for baked goods that go great with coffee.
There’s something about coffee and donuts that can make even the gloomiest of mornings brighter.
These donuts are not only oven-baked (and thus healthier), but they’re also coffee-glazed. Talk about the best of both worlds!
Sträva Tip: Dunk these donuts in a cup of our Strength signature roast with notes of lemon meringue and Ceylon tea for freshness. You can also use Strength for the espresso glaze.
These light blueberry scones will complement your morning coffee perfectly and add sweetness to your day. They’re made with Greek yogurt, brown sugar and whole-wheat flour to make for a healthier, guilt-free snack. The blueberries add texture, freshness and taste.
See how to make them here.
Sträva Tip:These delicious blueberry scones go great with our Ethiopia single-origin roast, featuring notes of strawberry, key lime and pie crust.
We love chocolate chip cookies here at Sträva Craft Coffee. We also know how important your health and well-being are for you, so we found a healthy recipe for these classic cookies.
Dunk them in a cup of hot coffee first thing in the morning and watch your day get instantly better. To make them even healthier, use semi-sweet dark chocolate chips.
Find the ingredients and instructions here.
Sträva Tip:Pair these healthy chocolate chip cookies with our Honduras single-origin roast with tasting notes of caramel, nutmeg and green apple.
Muffins are always a great idea for breakfast, though it may be hard to find healthier options.
These protein-packed banana muffins are gluten-free and vegan, made with coconut sugar and honey for fewer calories. They’ll give you enough energy to keep you full until lunch.
See how to prepare them here.
Sträva Tip:These banana muffins are extra tasty when combined with our Java single-origin roast featuring notes of tropical fruits and floral aroma.
On days when you don’t have time to prepare a nutritional breakfast, these oatmeal cookies will give you all the energy you need.
They’re very easy to make and you only need a few ingredients. They’re also great as a midday snack, topped with peanut butter, crushed nuts, sliced fruit, or enjoyed with a cup of quality coffee.
Find the recipe here.
Sträva Tip:Pair these oatmeal cookies with our Guatemala single-origin roast that features chocolate, cherry and raspberry tasting notes.
Who says you can’t have cake for breakfast? This classic, yet healthy coffee cake has a light texture and a nutty flavor that’ll satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
It’s made with whole-wheat flour, almond flour and coconut flour. The recipe uses brown sugar and molasses for sweetness without being too heavy on the palate.
Sträva Tip:To intensify the taste of the cake, pair it with our Peru single-origin roast with gentle notes of butter and cashew.
Biscotti and espresso are a match made in heaven. Try these delicious, crispy, espresso-loaded biscotti first thing in the morning paired with your first cup of joe. You can thank us later.
Find the recipe and instructions here.
Sträva Tip:Dip these espresso biscotti in a cup of our Courage signature espresso blend with tasting notes of raw sugar, cocoa and black cherry. You can also use Courage to fortify the coffee taste of the biscotti.
To have them ready for savoring in the morning, prepare a big batch the night before. Biscotti can stay fresh for 3-4 weeks if kept in an airtight container at room temperature, away from direct sunlight.
A fluffy, light coffee cake for the cake lovers.
Crispy, double-baked biscotti for the real coffee aficionados.
Espresso-glazed donuts for the gourmands.
Blueberry scones for the traditionalists.
Protein breakfast muffins for the health-conscious.
And Sträva Craft Coffee to pair them with.
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MYTH #1: COFFEE IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE
The biggest, most widespread myth about coffee is that it’s highly addictive.
If you’re an avid coffee drinker and suddenly stop consuming caffeine, you may experience withdrawal symptoms like mild headaches or slight changes in mood and focus. However, in most cases, these go away after a day or two and your body continues its normal metabolic functions.
What many view as coffee addiction is in fact the body’s tolerance to caffeine and its ability to metabolize it. Most people know their daily caffeine limits and rarely go past them.
If you’re a coffee lover, you can probably distinguish between specialty and commodity coffee with your eyes closed. Your palate recognizes the bean type, tasting notes and intensity as soon as you take the first sip. Yes, this probably makes you a coffee snob, but there's no shame in being a connoisseur and appreciating nice things!
The problem with mainstream coffees is not only the origin, but also quality. They’re bland, bitter, sour, and the freshness is questionable. This type of bad coffee is cheap and easily available at supermarkets and many chain coffee shops.
Americans spend $40 billion on coffee each year and 65% of coffee drinkers have their first cup in the morning with breakfast. This helps them wake up and get enough energy and brainpower to start the day.
For many people, it’s fuel that keeps them focused and productive throughout the day.
But did you know you can use your coffee grounds for more than just brewing coffee? They can be useful for your garden, kitchen, pets, and even your body.