The people that love you are likely to forgive you for a great many things, but bad coffee is not one of them.
There are rules about coffee now. We have professional baristas explaining to us which coffee goes with which food and on what day, even! You can put lemon in your espresso, but not in your drip. If your coffee is sweet, you may top it with whipped cream, but if not, only foam is acceptable.
Well, I’ve thrown all that out. We like what we like, so next time you’re at the local coffee and communism poetry hut, when the hipster with the long beard and man-bun insists that you want ghee in your coffee if you’re having avocado toast, put your foot down. Tell “Axl” you refuse to conform!
Actually, coffee with ghee in it is kinda wonderful. My point is that the rules are getting in the way of my self-indulgence and happiness, so here is a list of my favorite ways to drink or serve coffee that aren’t all what the cool kids drink (but some are):
Coffee with Lemon:
My new favorite, coffee with lemon, is not exactly new. Apparently, Italians have known for a long time that the acid in lemons neutralizes the alkaloids in coffee, so they’ve been adding a twist of lemon to their morning espresso.
It’s wonderful in espresso, but why stop there? I tried it in my regular drip, and it was wonderful! Just add a twist of lemon to your coffee, and see how much it brightens it and removes the bitterness. Run it along the rim of your mug too.
Coffee with Vanilla Ice Cream:
I was at a dinner party once and saw an older gentleman spoon his ice cream from desert into his coffee. I copied him and learned from his wisdom. It cools your coffee, adds a hint of cream and just a bit of sweetness without overpowering it.
I haven’t tried it with any other flavors, but I bet it’s good.
Coffee with Ghee or BUTTER!
Ghee is clarified butter. It has very little flavor, and it can be stored without refrigeration. The trend of coffee with ghee started a while ago, but I didn’t hear about it until all my friends were raving that I had to try it. Something got lost in translation, and I ended up trying a bit of butter in my French press. It works!
Coffee with Coconut Oil:
Like ghee, coconut oil is a trendy new creamer substitute for “healthier” coffee drinkers. If you have some on hand, it is a nice combination. It’s subtle and smooth.
Coffee with Marshmallows:
Oh yes I did!
Don’t hesitate to pop a few marshmallows into your coffee, just like you would hot chocolate. It’s best in stronger coffee or espresso.
Coffee with Herbs:
Many fresh herbs really enhance coffee. Don’t be afraid to experiment. I like mint, rosemary, thyme, and even basil in mine.
Coffee with Tea???
Most herbal teas work well in coffee. Skip caffeinated teas, and try chamomile, rose hips, mint, peach, or jasmine.
Coffee Electric Lite:
Tone down your coffee with hot water, and spike it with a little hot sauce or chili powder!
Coffee with Cocoa:
You’ve probably already done this, yourself. A hot cup of coffee, add a spoonful of hot cocoa mix, and a splash of heavy cream!
Coffee with Cheese:
Nope. Not kidding. Mascarpone cheese can blow the doors off of coffee.
Cappuccino with Cinnamon and NO FOAM!
It’s crazy, I know, but not all cappuccino has to be topped with foam. You can float a cinnamon stick in it and call it a day.
Coffee with AN EGG!
Now, that’s going too far. What are the Swedes thinking?
Well, I tried it just for you guys, and it’s really good. You whisk one egg, two tablespoons of coffee grounds, and 1/2 cup of water together in a bowl. You then add the paste to a pot of boiling water, and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Add one cup of cold water, let it settle for a couple of minutes, strain through fine mesh, and drink.
It’s really rich and surprisingly tasty.