If you can’t go a morning without your caffeine fix, this article is 100% up your street. We’re here to share with you the 8 unexpected ingredients that you can add to your morning coffee to spice things up.
Having the exact same coffee every morning can become a little boring, so why not mix it up with a few quick and easy improvements? From egg whites to Coca-Cola (yeah, you read that right), coffee expert James Carter from Coffee Direct takes us through 8 unexpected ingredients to give your coffee the boost it deserves.
Egg whites in coffee might sound bizarre, but this is a tried and tested method that can be traced back to the Nordic countries of Scandinavia. Raw egg, mixed with coffee grounds before brewing, can clarify and filter the coffee resulting in a much ‘purer’ taste. As well as this, it will give you a beautiful amber colour, a dose of fat-free protein and no sediment in your morning coffee. Don’t knock it till you try it!
Say goodbye to coffee crashes with Matcha powder. Matcha is finely ground powder of processed green tea leaves, traditionally consumed in East Asia. It contains an amino acid called L-Theanine, which helps your body process the caffeine in coffee, providing you with fewer jitters and more sustained alertness. As well as tasting delicious in your coffee, a spoonful of matcha powder can better mental focus and boost your immune system.
Also known as ‘bulletproof coffee’, adding butter to your coffee roots from the traditional Tibetan Yak Butter tea but is now heralded by fitness junkies as a paleo-friendly start to the day. Adding a teaspoon of butter can keep fast food cravings at bay and keep you satisfied throughout the day.
Adding oatmeal to your coffee is a staple with backpackers who want to minimise dishes when on the go. The idea is for the heat of the coffee to cook the raw oatmeal, creating an all-in-one breakfast to start the day. To add even more flavours to the mix, some backpackers add cinnamon or extra sugar to their morning ‘brew-fast’.
Coconut oil is known for its numerous health and skin benefits – but, in coffee? Since coconut oil is a three-chain fatty acid, the liver processes it into energy instead of it being stored as fat. Adding a spoonful of coconut oil in your morning coffee can help boost your metabolism and make you feel more energised.
Whilst this may not be the healthiest option, adding a chunk of dark chocolate into your coffee can help unleash the full potential of both flavours in one delicious drink. Typically, coffee tends to work best alongside dark chocolate that has more than 80% cocoa in it. However, we recommend that you keep experimenting until you find the perfect combination that suits your tastes.
Condensed milk is a much thicker, heavier and sweeter version of milk which comes in a tin can. In countries like Vietnam, adding a tablespoon of condensed milk in your coffee is popular for a sweet and creamy makeover. Use condensed milk as a substitute for sugar, and add spices such as cardamom and cinnamon for that extra delicious kick.
Talk about a caffeine overload! Some people like to mix Coca-Cola with their coffee for that perfect sweet: bitter ratio. The bitterness comes from the black coffee and the sweetness comes from Coca-Cola’s natural caramel flavours. Start out with a medium roast coffee in order to make sure the flavour is not too diluted. This mix can be with both hot and cold coffee!