Nutty coffee flavors have been wildly popular ever since the introduction of flavored specialty coffees. From the best hazelnut k cups to deep pecan-flavored coffee, the relationship between nuts and coffee have produced some memorable flavors that the coffee-loving world is thankful for. But did you know that you pine nuts are used to flavor coffee as well? In fact, pine nut coffee or pinon coffee (Spanish for pine nut) is considered a little known and rare caffeinated delicacy.
This specialty coffee is found in the Southwest of the United States with a very high concentration in New Mexico. Its taste can be likened to amazingly smooth and deep cup of Joe with distinct sweet and nutty overtones. What stands out about the flavor of pinon coffee is its depth which comes from the natural buttery flavor of pine nuts. The smoothness is a nice contrast to the sharp bite that often comes with acidic coffee. There's a rich and fulfilling pine nut flavor that leaves with a deep feeling of satisfaction.
An article on Pine nut coffee or Pinon coffee wouldn't be complete without mention of the company that's credited with pioneering the market for over 20 years. New Mexico Pinon Coffee Company, as its name suggests, is based in New Mexico and is has grown from humble beginnings into the state's largest roaster. Their pinon coffee has earned them a world renown reputation for producing some of the highest quality pine nut coffee.
Pine nuts themselves already come with a host of health benefits which ironically aren't that different from those that have been known to come with coffee. Appetite suppression, energy boosting, and the presence of antioxidants are all some of health benefits pine nuts and coffee already have in common. In addition to the benefits just mentioned, pine nuts are also known to reduce the risk of heart disease and improve vision health.
Initially, the idea of pine nuts and coffee seemed a little random to me. Even though I've had plenty of peanut flavored coffees, I just never considered the thought of using pine nuts. But the truth is that the prized taste and health benefits of pine nuts make for the perfect complement to the world's most popular drink.