Wake up, it’s a beautiful morning! It’s raining you say? It’s always a good morning when you have good coffee to look forward to. The saviour. Coffee was put on this earth for this very reason – it knew that one day we would be moving around in little boxes going to bigger boxes to put papers in other boxes and sometimes that not all of us would wake up wanting to do that.
Cold brewed coffee is the new iced coffee… The long infusion produces a gentler tasting coffee with less acidity and the subtle notes and flavours of the coffee are more noticeable.
Caffeine, the active ingredient in coffee, is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. It is not only a stimulant that helps you to wake up in the morning, but also a health drink with benefits for both physical and mental health. Caffeine works by blocking the inhibitory neurotransmitter, adenosine. In effect, this increases neuronal firing in the brain and the release of neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine – leaving you feeling just swell.1
Studies have shown that coffee can offer other health benefits include protecting against type two diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, improves memory, vigilance, reaction time and general cognitive function.1
Here are 5 ways to make your little morning cup of joy, even more spectacular…
5 Ways to Pimp Your Morning Coffee
1. Butter/Brain oil (BulletProof)
You will have probably heard of bulletproof coffee by now, but if you haven’t it was formulated by the infamous biohacker Dave Asprey, who blends brain octane oil, grass-fed butter, and what he calls, ‘upgraded coffee’ which is coffee that is grown at high altitudes and produced organically to ensure that there are minimal opportunities for mycotoxins and mold to grow on it. He believes mold affects mental and physical performance, and can deplete your body of nutrients.
Brain Octane Oil and MCT oil has been shown to provide you with ketone energy as it’s made from the shortest of the medium chain triglyceride fats – which converts into ketone energy faster than other fats or oils. It can also help to balance yeast in the gut, fighting candida. It doesn’t increase cholesterol as it’s metabolized differently to other types of fat, and it can also be added to other meals and drinks, not just coffee – so, it might be worth investing in some!
The addition of butter shaken into freshly ground coffee is something I had the pleasure of discovering this year. I am yet to try brain octane oil but I’ve heard good reviews. Butter however is pure heaven in coffee; it’s way creamier than milk as you’d imagine but also I found it has a better aftertaste too and it’s better than any nut milks. It’s just the best, okay? So you HAVE to try it.
Add a knob (25g) to any basic blender, add some freshly brewed ground coffee and whizz!
2. Cold Brew
Summer is coming (it WILL arrive eventually) so bear this one in mind. Cold brewed coffee is the new iced coffee. The difference with cold brew coffee is that the coffee grains are steeped in water and then strained, iced coffee however is typically just normal coffee (made hot) and then poured over loads of ice, or shaken with ice which leads to a very diluted result so often the coffee is made stronger to compensate for that. Cold brew coffee takes a lot longer to make, we’re talking 12 hours+ or even longer if possible. The longer the better.
The long infusion produces a gentler tasting coffee with less acidity and the subtle notes and flavours of the coffee are more noticeable. You may even find it tastes sweeter. Give it a go! Bang some ground coffee in some cold water in your cafetiere and stir it, place in the fridge around early evening, take it out in the morning and strain it over ice (because really cold is better than just cold) and taste the difference. You can also make a big batch and keep the rest in the fridge for tomorrow’s cup!
3. Go Arabic – Saffron and Cardamon
I was introduced to this last year during a camping trip with some boys from Saudi and Kuwait who brought their coffee pot and spices with them to brew on the campfire. Once brewed they served it up in little cups and advised me to only take the one cup as it’s strong stuff, and it was! When making this inside, your kitchen will be filled with delightful aromas as cardamon is one of the most pungent spices around. Saffron is optional, if you can get it, but cardamon is the main spice in this. No milk is required but sugar or sweetener is essential. You’ll get funny looks if you don’t add lots of sugar. 1.5 teaspoons of ground cardamon (and a pinch of saffron) is enough for a medium sized cafetiere. Just add it when you add the ground coffee and strain as normal.
4. Whipped Coconut Cream and Rum
This is super indulgent and perfect for rainy days, or those day where you’re in need of a little comfort. You could of course make this cold for a cheeky summery coffee cocktail. Get a packet of coconut cream and whip it until soft peaks form. Make a coffee as normal ensuring it’s piping hot and add a double shot of rum and your chosen sweetener. This coffee works really well when sweetened slightly – it’s halfway between a dessert and a drink. Spoon your whipped coconut cream on top and then sprinkle a little coconut sugar or raw cane sugar on top. Of course you could always leave the booze out; it’s still delicious. Enjoy!
Go with me on this. Think morning. Think eggs and orange juice and coffee. Good combo, right?
Okay, so orange and coffee. It’s been combined in tea flavours, it works in coffee. Actually other citrus works too, you just have to do it right. No splashes of orange juice in place of milk, alright?
Of course a delightful splash of cointreau is the famous coffee with orange (from Seville) but if you want booze free you can simply add a teaspoon of fresh orange zest and give it a good stir. Add a big squeeze of a wedge too for good measure or if you have edible orange oil use a few drops of that. Cinnamon works well in this for a spicier effect and vanilla too!
What’s your favourite way to pimp your morning coffee? Why not drop us a comment using the comments box below.
- Gunnars, K. (2013). 7 Reasons Why Coffee Is Good For You. In Popular Science. Retrieved 6 April, 2016, from http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-02/why-coffee-good-you-here-are-7-reasons