Ghost Chili ( Hottest Pepper in the World) Pumpkin Spice Coffee




About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I enjoy working in the yard, sewing, cooking, quilting, gardening, and creating. I do this to keep my sanity.

Have you ever heard of The Ghost pepper?  In case you haven't,  it is The hottest chili pepper in the world.  It will cause grown men to shed tears, seriously. I wanted to find a recipe using the Naga Ghost pepper to make a pot of coffee for my husband.  I actually thought he might enjoy it.  He did not like it at all,  but surprisingly I did!  The truth is I have always appreciated the smell of fresh ground coffee and the smell of coffee during the brewing process,  but have never acquired a taste for the drink itself.  I tried this coffee and was surprised after all these years that I actually enjoyed it. I modified the recipe that I found online and this Instructable is my version of the Ghost Chili Pumpkin Spice Coffee.  

I found the recipe here:  .  I recommend everyone to view these videos of men filmed while they eat the Ghost pepper and you can see just how hot they really are. The videos are a little slow but well worth the time to view  them. One video will share facts about the pepper.   Here are the links: and here:

Step 1: Recipe

1 Cup fresh coffee beans ( You may use regular ground coffee but it is best with the freshly ground beans.)
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Allspice
Pinch of dried Naga Jolokia pepper
Sugar to coat the coffee cup rim
Agave to coat the coffee cup rim
Spring water for brewing with a dash of salt
Cream ( He did not recommend non dairy creamer with this recipe.)
Crackers and jam optional 


Step 2: Tools

Coffee maker
Coffee grinder optional if using ground coffee
2 Small bowls with lids
Coffee cup and saucer 
1 Cup measuring cup
Measuring spoons

Step 3: Grind Coffee Beans

Measure the coffee beans
Grind the beans using the fine option

Step 4: Measure and Mix

Measure all the spices and the pepper and place them in a small bowl.
Shake very well.
Please see bottom note.

I could not find the dried ghost pepper in my area so I used the fresh by finely chopping it.
The dried will be a much better choice though. 

Step 5: Combine Ingredients

Combine the spices with the coffee grounds.
Shake very well.

Step 6: Brew Coffee

Brew the coffee using the spring water for the best flavor and add a dash of salt.
While it is brewing go to the next step.
I made 4 cups of coffee using 8 Tablespoons of the coffee mixture and 4 cups of the spring water. 

Step 7: Preparations

Sprinkle enough sugar on a plate to dip the coffee cup rim in.
Rub the Agave around the rim of the coffee cup.
Dip the cup rim into the sugar to coat. 

This step is optional but I found that it added just enough sweetness to the spices in the coffee to enhance the flavor.  

Step 8: The Ghost

Pour the brewed coffee into a cup.
Add Creamer.
Mix well.

This may be served with toast or crackers with jam and topped with a sliver of the ghost pepper as shown.

Step 9: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

I used Colombian coffee beans because a member here on Instructables is from Columbia and said I should always use Columbian coffee. I did not notice the coffee having a real hot flavor to it.  I am guessing that the fresh ghost pepper is not as hot as the dried.  I ate the tip of the pepper to see how hot it was.  I can usually tolerate a pretty intense pepper so it was tolerable for me.  I ate a seed and again it was hot but not unbearable. Maybe I just happen to get a batch that did not have as much heat.  The thing that I appreciated about the flavor of this recipe was it had a slight kick at the end of the sip. I will continue to drink it on occasion.  Coffee is still not my drink of choice but before I tried this recipe I would have never considered drinking it.  This coffee blend would make an awesome gift to give  those spicy food lovers. 

Thank you for stopping by and do have a resplendent day!



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    27 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I have heard so many claims of 'Hottest in the world' but they mean nothing when you see a chillie 'expert' near dying after having a small sample of my 'Inferno' chillies. I think these are related to a Thai birdseye chillie, small (2-3cm) upright growing fruit. The expert had just come back from central America claiming hottest there but gagged, sweated and changed colour after just a few seconds of biting a chillie in half. Was a good laugh watching this happen after he told me all about his high tolerance to hot chillie.

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    3 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hello BigandRed, thanks so much for sharing this. I too pride myself about being able to eat hot peppers but your comment brought back a memory of some peppers that were too hot for me. I planted them about 10 years ago and never knew what kind they were until your comment. I am fairly sure they were the same as what you share here. I enjoyed your comment. Planted ghost peppers late this year but managed to get a few. Thanks so much for sharing and do have a safe and happy holiday season.



    Reply 3 years ago

    giday Sunshine.
    I have Habanero and Jalapeno chilies growing as well but the Inferno's are the best producer and are flowering all year round.
    In my front garden ive got some mild Cayenne chilies growing in the rosemary hedge, they are for any of the neighbors to pick when they need.
    Your Ghost peppers look like the Bell peppers I grew last year, pretty hot but not many on the plant.
    have fun with the ghosts.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks Mark, I am drying them now. I add a tiny bit to soups. I am not very interested in being a hero though. I can eat some pretty hot peppers when guys can't tolerate them though. Thanks again for sharing and best wishes for your garden in the spring~



    6 years ago on Introduction

    The hottest edible pepper in the world is the Trinidad Scorpion, not the Jolokia.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I thought I had mixed hot peppers with everything, but I never thought about coffee ! This is like a dessert coffee, gonna have to try it !
    My 1st experience with the "ghost" was in an eatery called Tijuana Flats, they have an awesome set up of sauces from mild to XXtreme. I covered my burrito in the ghost pepper sauce, the 1st bite wasn't bad, by the 4th bite my endorphins were flowing at mach speeds and my eyeballs were starting to sweat. My wife who thinks black pepper is spicy used my spoon to spread some sourcream on her meal, her 1st bite had her gasping and reaching for the ice water and the spoon only had a little essence on it ! Needless to say I bought a bottle before I left.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    you're thinking of the Naga viper, measured in Feb 2011 at 1,382,118 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). However, on March 1, 2011, the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper measured 1,463,700 SHU.

    The Bhut Jolokia chili pepper, or Ghost Chili, was measured at 1,041,427 SHU in 2004, making the hottest pepper at the time.


    Wish I could make some for my dad, he's obsessed with spicy food. However I'm LDS, so that means no coffee. Looks nice though!

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    I think you could use the same application to another type of drink as long as the flavors will compliment it. Maybe hot chocolate if he can drink that or apple cider. You might even try it on some chips. Herbal tea? Sunshiine

    I think the reason coffee and tea are not recommended is the caffeine. Some herbal teas do not contain caffeine. Your mom will know I am sure. I think the pepper would be great in a soup broth! Yum.

    Allow me to explain. I am LDS, (more commonly referred to as mormons), and we believe, among other things, that we should not smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, drink tea or coffee of any kind, or do anything that would be harmful to out bodies. If you care to visit, our church has a website that explains what we believe to people who are not members of our church, If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.