Put a kettle of water on to boil. In a medium (3-quart) saucepan combine the ingredients for the spiced sugar syrup along with 1 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Let steep at least 10 minutes.
Pour through a strainer into a 48-ounce (8 cup) press pot (aka French press pot). Top with the coffee, then fill 3/4 full with boiling water. Allow to steep 5 minutes before pressing the filter down. Serve right away.