Satisfy Your Cravings with Delicious Kona Spiced Coffee

Coffee drinkers, prepare to elevate your morning routine with a new and exciting twist on your daily cup of joe – Kona Spiced Coffee. This deliciously spiced coffee recipe blends the rich flavor of Kona coffee with classic holiday spices, making each sip a delightful treat for your taste buds.

As a barista, I understand the importance of starting your day with a great cup of coffee. The bold and smooth taste of Kona coffee is one of my absolute favorites and pairs perfectly with the warm spices of this recipe. The aroma itself is enough to wake you up and excite your senses in preparation for the day ahead.

The best part about this homemade recipe is that you can customize it according to your taste preferences. Whether you prefer your coffee strong or light, black or with cream, you can tailor this recipe to fit your individualized taste.

So if you’re ready to spice things up in the morning and indulge in a delicious coffee experience, grab some Kona coffee beans and let’s get brewing!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Kona Spiced Coffee
Kona Spiced Coffee

Coffee lovers, get ready to wake up and smell the Kona Spiced Coffee! I guarantee that this delicious blend will leave you craving for more.

What sets apart this recipe from the rest is its unique combination of spices and ingredients, making it an exotic and flavorful option for those tired of the same old cup of coffee. The Kona Spiced Coffee Recipe combines the sweet taste of brown sugar with a delicate pinch of cinnamon, ground cardamom, smoked paprika and even a dash of Hawaiian salt. The result? A blend that is both sweet and savory, sure to satisfy your taste buds any time of day.

Plus, who doesn’t love a good caffeine jolt in the morning? Studies have shown that drinking coffee in moderation can provide numerous health benefits such as increased focus, improved athletic performance and regulated blood sugar levels. And with Kona being one of the highest quality coffee beans in the world, you know that you’re getting nothing but the best with this recipe!

So whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or just looking to try something new, give this recipe a try. I promise that it’ll become your new tried-and-true favorite in no time!

Ingredient List

 Indulge in the rich aroma of our Kona Spiced Coffee
Indulge in the rich aroma of our Kona Spiced Coffee

Here are the ingredient list for this delectable Kona Spiced Coffee recipe:
For the spice rub:

  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • 4 cups of brewed Kona coffee

For the cream:

  • 3 tablespoons of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of hawaiian salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of almond extract
  • 1 cup of heavy cream

Optional toppings:

  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon sprinkles

This recipe requires a few specific ingredients to achieve its unique flavor. You can substitute the Kona coffee with any other kind of coffee you prefer, but keep in mind that the Kona coffee’s distinct flavor is what makes this recipe special. The spiced coffee rub gives this drink a warm and earthy taste that is enhanced by the cream mixture, resulting in a creamy, robust flavor. Adding whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkles as toppings will elevate your experience and make your taste buds dance.

The Recipe How-To

 Spice up your morning routine with this flavorful coffee
Spice up your morning routine with this flavorful coffee

Now let’s dive into the recipe itself. Follow these easy steps to make your own Kona Spiced Coffee at home!

Ingredient List
Coffee Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons Kona coffee, ground
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons flaky sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Kona Spiced Coffee:

  • 2 cups fresh brewed Kona coffee (room temperature or chilled)
  • 1/3 cup coffee cream
  • 3 tablespoons spice rub
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients for the coffee spice rub.
  2. Scoop out 3 tablespoons of the coffee spice rub and set aside in a separate bowl.
  3. Mix in remaining spices with coffee beans and brew your fresh Kona coffee according to your preferred brewing method.
  4. Once brewed, measure out two cups of coffee and let it cool down till it gets room temperature or chilled.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the brewed coffee, cream, spice rub (3 tbsp), and vanilla extract.
  6. Keep stirring continuously until all ingredients are well combined and no lumps remain.
  7. Pour the mixture into glasses filled with ice cubes.
  8. Garnish with some freshly grated cinnamon if you want.

Enjoy your delicious homemade Kona spiced coffee!

Tips for Perfect Results

  • To get that robust Kona flavor, try using freshly roasted Kona coffee beans.
  • As we are using both salt and sugar in our spice rub recipe, you should always taste before adding any additional seasoning to your drink.
  • Adjust the amount of cream based on your desired level of creaminess.
  • Don’t use too much ice, as it will dilute the coffee flavor quickly.
  • To make cold brew Kona coffee, use a coarser grind size and steep your coffee grounds in cold water overnight in your refrigerator.

Now that you have all the necessary information and guidance to make your own Kona Spiced Coffee from scratch, go ahead and try this recipe out at home. Trust me, it’s the perfect drink to kick start your day in style!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready to savor the bold taste of Kona coffee with a twist of spices
Get ready to savor the bold taste of Kona coffee with a twist of spices

Substitutions and variations are what make recipes exciting and unique, especially when it comes to coffee. There are endless possibilities to customize your spiced coffee recipe based on your preferences and pantry availability.

If you don’t have Kona coffee beans readily available, you can substitute it with another type of ground coffee that you have on hand. For a darker and bolder flavor, try using French Roast instead. Or, if you want something lighter with a perfect balance of acidity and bitterness, Colombian or Ethiopian coffee may be the way to go.

For the spice rub, you can use a pre-made blend like Moroccan coffee or pumpkin pie spice instead of making your own. However, for a more personalized touch, you can experiment with different combinations of spices until you find your favorite. Some ideas could be adding ginger powder or black pepper for extra warmth, or nutmeg or allspice for a more holiday-inspired flavor.

If you’re looking to cut back on sugar in your diet, consider substituting the brown sugar in the recipe for coconut sugar or honey. And if you prefer plant-based milk over half-and-half or heavy cream in your coffee, almond milk or oat milk would be great alternatives.

Another fun variation is to turn this spiced coffee into a dessert by pairing it with a slice of coffee cake or topped with whipped cream and macadamia nuts like the Kona Coffee Tini from Mauna Loa’s Kiele Cafe on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Overall, don’t be afraid to get creative and try different substitutions and variations until you find your perfect cup of spiced coffee.

Serving and Pairing

 This is not your ordinary coffee - it's our unique Kona Spiced Coffee
This is not your ordinary coffee – it’s our unique Kona Spiced Coffee

After brewing a perfect cup of Kona Spiced Coffee, it’s time to indulge in the rich and bold flavors of this spiced coffee recipe. The aroma of cinnamon, cardamom and Kona coffee creates a heavenly scent that will linger in your kitchen, inviting everyone in.

To complement the warm flavors of the Kona spiced coffee, I recommend pairing it with a freshly baked coffee cake, glazed with macadamia nuts. Or if you prefer something lighter, try serving it alongside a bowl of fresh fruit, such as berries or sliced mango.

If you’re in the mood for something stronger, consider adding a splash of Kiele Kona Coffee Tini to your spiced coffee recipe. This delicious cocktail combines tried-and-true Kona coffee with vodka and other liquors to create a unique and flavorful experience.

For a more festive occasion, try serving your Kona Spiced Coffee with gingerbread cookies or pumpkin pie. This holiday spice will surely impress your guests and leave them feeling cozy and satisfied.

No matter how you choose to serve your Kona Spiced Coffee, I recommend enjoying it hot and fresh for the best results. With this spiced coffee recipe, you’ll find that the flavors deepen as they cool down, so make sure to enjoy it right away for peak effectiveness.

In terms of practicality, this recipe serves 4 cups brewed kona coffee cream. But if you need less or more, feel free to adjust it accordingly. Whether you’re serving this Kona spiced coffee to yourself or to guests, it’s sure to become a tried-and-true favorite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Our Kona Spiced Coffee is the perfect way to jumpstart your day
Our Kona Spiced Coffee is the perfect way to jumpstart your day

Once you have brewed a piping hot pot of Kona Spiced Coffee, you may not want to finish it all at once. Fear not, for this coffee recipe can be stored with ease so you can enjoy it later.

To store, let the coffee cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container in the fridge. Properly stored, Kona Spiced Coffee can last for up to a week.

When you’re ready to reheat your coffee, simply pour it into a pot or microwave-safe mug and heat until piping hot. You may also enjoy it cold over ice cubes for a refreshing iced coffee on hot days.

However, if you want to make this coffee recipe ahead of time, you can use cold brew Kona Coffee instead of brewing it hot. Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coarse-ground Kona Coffee in cold water for at least 12 hours. The result is a flavorful concentrate that can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.

To serve the Kona Spiced Coffee on-the-go, consider portioning out individual servings into a thermos or portable container for easy transport. This way, you can enjoy your favorite drink while running errands or during your daily commute.

So go ahead and brew yourself a delicious cup of Kona Spiced Coffee without worrying about leftovers. Store it properly and reheat when needed for that perfect cup every time!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Looking for a unique coffee experience? Try our Kona Spiced Coffee!
Looking for a unique coffee experience? Try our Kona Spiced Coffee!

To get the perfect Kona Spiced Coffee, it is essential to pay attention to the details. Here are some tips that you can follow to make sure that your coffee turns out just right.

Firstly, if you want to enhance the flavor of your coffee, grind the coffee beans fresh before brewing. Always remember – freshly ground coffee tastes significantly better than pre-ground coffee. Secondly, when making the spice rub, incorporate all the spices accurately and ensure that they are evenly distributed. This will help you avoid clumps of spices and make sure that you get a consistent flavor throughout your drink.

Thirdly, don’t forget to boil your water before steeping your coffee. If you’re using a French press or drip-style machine, make sure that you heat up both the carafe and water beforehand. Cold surfaces can inhibit extraction, so heating up both will improve the coffee’s taste.

Fourthly, use high-quality ingredients such as Kona Coffee beans and sea salt to get a flavorful experience. These ingredients impart a unique taste to your drink that other types of coffee can not replicate.

Fifthly, make sure to store your Kona Spiced Coffee correctly. If left in an open container or exposed to heat and moisture, your Kona Spiced Coffee may lose its flavor over time. Keep it in a sealed container at room temperature to keep it fresh for months.

Lastly, experiment with various substitutions and variations suggested in this recipe article section to find a recipe that meets your preferences best. Whether it’s adding almond extract or masala spice blend, making small tweaks can have a significant impact on how the drink tastes.

With these tips in mind, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy each cup of spiced coffee with the rich flavor of Kona Coffee!


As someone who has been a barista for several years, I know that people can have a variety of questions when it comes to coffee recipes. Therefore, I have compiled some frequently asked questions to help you in the preparation process of the Kona Spiced Coffee recipe. Read on to have a better understanding and gain more insights into different aspects of this recipe.

How to make Kona coffee at home?

If you’re looking to make a delicious cold brew coffee, then you’ll want to start with some high-quality Mountain Thunder 100% Kona Coffee. Take approximately 16 tablespoons of the coffee, which should be coarsely ground, and mix with a total of 32 oz. of filtered water. After letting the mixture steep in your refrigerator for an entire day, you can get rid of the grounds and be left with a concentrated cold brew that you can enjoy for up to 4 days.

What is the ratio for Kona coffee?

When brewing coffee, it’s important to use a proper water to coffee ratio to achieve the ideal taste. We suggest using a ratio of 18 parts water to 1 part coffee, which means for every 10 grams of coffee, you’ll need 180 grams of water. Keep in mind that this ratio can be a great starting point for a delicious cup of coffee. But, if you don’t have a scale, no worries, there are other ways to measure.

What makes Kona coffee so special?

Kona coffee is a unique type of coffee that stands out from others due to its exceptional cultivation location and distinctive production techniques. It is exclusively grown in a particular region of Hawaii known as the Kona Coffee Belt, which is situated across the North and South districts of Hualalai and Mauna Loa.

What is Kona coffee rub?

The Smoky Kona coffee dry rub from Da Kine Hawaiian is a versatile seasoning that adds a touch of gourmet to your dishes. Infused with smoked paprika, this all-purpose rub boasts a distinct sweet and bold taste that also works as a great natural tenderizer. It’s perfect for enhancing the flavors of meats, seafood, and vegetables, be it grilled, sautéed, or baked. Additionally, this seasoning is gluten-free, low in sodium, and doesn’t contain MSG.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Kona Spiced Coffee recipe is undoubtedly going to become one of your new favorites! With a unique blend of coffee, spices, and sugar, this recipe offers a bold flavor that perfectly complements any occasion. Whether you are enjoying a cup on a cool winter morning, at a holiday party or simply for an afternoon pick-me-up, this spiced coffee recipe will undoubtedly satisfy your cravings. Don’t hesitate to pair it with some coffee cake or as a cocktail ingredient in a festive Coffee-tini.

Remember, the tips and recommendations provided in this article will help ensure that you get the perfect results every time you make this recipe. So go ahead, give it a try today! Whether you’re making it for yourself or sharing with loved ones, the Kona Spiced Coffee recipe is an excellent way to start your day on the right foot!

Kona Spiced Coffee

Kona Spiced Coffee Recipe

Adapted from Sam Choy's Polynesian Kitchen. Prep time does not include time to brew the coffee, which will vary.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Hawaiian
Calories 5.9 kcal


  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 4 cups brewed kona coffee
  • cream (optional)
  • sugar (optional)


  • Stir spices into hot brewed coffee.
  • Serve with cream and sugar if desired.

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Serving: 238gCalories: 5.9kcalCarbohydrates: 0.2gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.1gSodium: 4.9mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Polynesian, Very Low Carbs
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