Seasonal spices to heat up your coffee cup

As the temperature drops, winter warming hot beverages are popular menu choices and enable caterers to be more experimental with recipes. It is the season of indulgence for your coffee choices, launching limited edition combinations and drinks flavoured with seasonal spices to bring warmth to the chilly days. With four out of five coffee drinkers looking to customise their drink¹, flavoured syrups, garnishes and toppings are the perfect way of tapping into this market.

The yearly unveiling of the latest winter beverages at popular coffee shop brands has become a calendar event in its own right, consumers countdown till the days until a Pumpkin Spice Latte or a Gingerbread flavoured coffee appear on menus. Spicy aromas are synonymous with Autumn and Winter, with many festive treats containing orange peel, nutmeg and cinnamon, consumers want to experience the same reminiscent joy through their coffee choices.

To ensure quality is maintained across your menu and ease to operations, choose a versatile coffee base that blends well with spices and syrups in order to deliver that familiar seasonal beverage comfort.

Customers can warm up during a chilly autumn day and enjoy a seasonal twist on one of their favourite beverages. Limited edition blends and spices make a tempting offer, even for the non-coffee drinkers. White Ox perfectly adapts to the winter blends with its distinctively bold and dark roasted blend and tasting notes of dark chocolate and crisp red berries, making it a perfect base for an indulgent coffee treat.

To inspire coffee menus we have developed an inspired recipe to spark your taste buds.


Source: 1 - Mintel, Coffee Shops, UK, December 2018, p10

Autumn Spiced Latte Recipe

You will need…

1 Barista

12oz latte glass or cup

2 shot White Ox espresso

20ml caramel syrup

5ml orange extract

1g ground cinnamon

200ml milk (any variety)



  • Prepare the double espresso and
    pour into the cup.
  • Add the caramel syrup and lightly
    dust the cinnamon over it.
  • Steam the milk and orange extract
    together to the desired texture.
  • Pour the milk into the cup with
    your finest latte artwork or drizzle
    with caramel.
  • Serve!


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