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I few years ago I put Cinnamon in my coffee. After a few hours (I'm a slow coffee drinker) I started to take my last sip and a big clump of mucus hit my tongue and I almost puked. After recovering, and almost getting into fist fights with several co-workers (They loved pulling pranks) a few of them said cinnamon always does that. I'm still not so sure? What is up with Cinnamon and coffee and are there any other spices that does that? Or should I have continue to punch my co-workers?

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I put cinnamon and honey in my coffee for therapeutic reasons and I simply suck down the sludge. Its a bit like swallowing a raw egg. –  user22541 Jan 14 at 13:32

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Cinnamaldehyde, the compound that gives cinnamon its flavor, is known to cause inflammation in mucous membranes (http://cameochemicals.noaa.gov/chemical/20036).

It's also mildly water soluble. So, when you made your coffee it was probably diluted enough that it didn't cause a problem. As it sat out, it probably fell out of the solution and settled in the bottom of your cup in a more concentrated form.

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I know people who like cinnamon in their coffee, but the trick is to put the cinnamon in with the grounds before you brew it. I am not sure if there are other spices that do that. However, if you are looking to get back at your co-workers, just get some fine garlic powder, and sprinkle it on the base of their windshield. The air intake will suck it in, and blow it throughout their car, and the inside of their car will be smelling like garlic for a long time. The finer the powder, the better.

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Can you put the cinnamon in the grounds if you use a French press? –  Neil Fein Jan 19 '11 at 3:31
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I've never done it, but I don't see why not...... Just don't put in the garlic powder. –  mrwienerdog Jan 19 '11 at 13:40
    
Can I add in the basket for a drip coffee maker? If I added it afterwards, it tastes bad. –  Theta30 Mar 2 '12 at 3:31
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Absolutely. That's exactly where you should put it. Start with a little, too much could be overpowering. –  mrwienerdog Mar 2 '12 at 13:13

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