If you’re a staunch coffee lover, you probably don’t need any additional reasons to love coffee. But even those who regularly enjoy a cup of coffee often feel the need to perk it up (that’s why many of us add a bit of sugar or milk, right?). But sugar and milk can be so boring! If you really want to take your coffee to the next level, then you need to try these (somewhat strange) additions!
Butter, oatmeal, and spices? Who knew you could add so many things to coffee to make it even more delicious! If you’re tired of drinking the same cup of coffee over and over again, then read below for inspiring new additions!
As the keto and paleo diets became more popular, so did the addition of butter in coffee. Known as “bulletproof coffee”, it’s said to improve mental focus, boost your energy, and speed up weight loss. To make your own bulletproof or butter coffee, add 1 Tbsp butter together with 1 Tbsp coconut oil to a hot cup of coffee.
Salted caramel, salted chocolate… so why not salted coffee? Cultures all around the world have been adding salt to their coffee for years. Alton Brown (the food science personality from Food Network) says it reduces the bitterness of coffee and improves the stale taste of water. Next time you make coffee, add a few sprinkles of coarse salt on the coffee grounds before brewing it.
What do you get when you add a scoop of ice cream to a shot of espresso? You get an affogato, of course! An affogato is a popular Italian dessert, usually made with a scoop of vanilla gelato and a hot shot of espresso. To make it really indulgent, you can add a shot of liqueur.
If you really want to enhance the flavor of your coffee, then you should try adding spices to your next cup. For a taste similar to spiced chai tea, try adding a pinch of cardamom. You can also try cinnamon or fresh ground nutmeg.
To make your own mocha at home, add a block of 70% dark chocolate to your next cup (try breaking it into pieces first, it will dissolve quicker). Alternatively, add a heaped teaspoon of cocoa powder or hot chocolate.
For a sweet, fresh taste, add some coconut to your coffee. For a hot coffee, use coconut milk instead of normal milk. You can also use coconut water when making an ice coffee.
Is it breakfast? Dessert? Or simply an indulgent coffee drink? We’re not sure, but we’re sold on an oatmeal latte! Place 1 cup oats and 1 1/2 cups of milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add ¼ tsp of salt and a pinch of cinnamon. Stir to combine. While bringing the oats up to temperature, steam 1 cup of milk until warm and frothy. Add some of the frothed milk to the oats and cook while stirring. The oats will become creamy. Add the rest of the milk, sugar to taste, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Pour the oats into a cup and top with a shot (or two!) of espresso!