Rachel Beller’s Turkish Waker-Upper Coffee

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We’re all making our own cup-of-joe these days — but don’t settle for a plain brew! Spice it up with my Turkish latte... It uses cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves to provide a deliciously aromatic wake-up call and major health benefits.

These spices are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Cardamom may convey immunomodulatory effects, and studies have shown that cloves can also stimulate and enhance the immune system. Plus, cinnamon may work synergistically with a compound in coffee to deliver more antioxidant power than either can alone! You can also add an optional teaspoon of manuka honey for a dose of potential anti-viral properties.

Rachel Beller 

Servings 2


  • 2 cups non-dairy milk 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom 
  • Pinch of ground cloves 
  • 2 shots espresso 
  • 1 tsp raw or manuka honey (optional) 


  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. Bring to a simmer and then immediately remove the saucepan from the heat. 
  • Add the espresso and honey (if using) to the saucepan and stir until combined. Pour into mugs and serve. 
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by Camila Alves McConaughey