Coffee wasn’t my thing…until I met Hubs, who is fanatical about the stuff.
Waking up each morning to the smell of his freshly ground, organic beans (no, that’s not a filthy euphemism) would convert even the most die-hard caffeine-phobe.
Since joining the caffeinated masses I’ve discovered that everyone has their own preference when it comes to the magic wakey juice.
Personally, I try to always use organic, whole bean stuff as my base. Conventional coffee is high in pesticides and, apart from anything else, just doesn’t taste as good.
What’s in it? Butter. Lots of butter – preferably grassfed Kerrygold (though you might want to stay away from the salted variety). Primal folk don’t do dairy, but they usually make an exception for healthy, saturated fat-laden butter and putting it in your coffee makes for a creamy, delicious, breakfast. It’s called Bulletproof Coffee and you need it in your life.
How do you drink it? All morning long without getting the caffeine jitters (thank you healthy fats!).
Why drink it? Bulletproof coffee gives you all the antioxidant benefits of coffee, without the caffeine crash. The addition of good quality butter and MCT or coconut oil gives you a great dose of fats. This stuff is quite literally a meal in a mug. Also, it’s a great way to horrify and delight your friends.
What’s in it? As I understand it, paleo is primal with dairy. So don’t be afraid to add raw, organic cream or whole milk to your brew. Swirl that around, add some stevia or maple syrup for a touch of sweetness and your day is off to a great start.
How do you drink it? Slowly, savouring the rich aroma and pleasurable experience. Good coffee should be a ritual – it’s not just about the taste, it’s about the process.
Why drink it? Raw cream and whole milk are extremely nourishing, being dense in fat soluble vitamins and beneficial enzymes. You’re not only getting the benefits of coffee, you’re supercharging it with the benefits of raw dairy and that’s a great combo.
What’s in it? I’ve done two and a half Whole30′s now so consider myself a bit of an expert (!). Last time, I wasn’t willing to give up my creamy morning treat so switched it up with coconut milk (instead of dairy) and a dash of ground cinnamon (instead of stevia). The result was nothing short of an epiphany. It’s now the only way I drink it.
How do you drink it? Anywhere and everywhere. Even when travelling – yes, I have become that lady who carries her own coconut milk and cinnamon around with her.
Why drink it? It’s dairy-free and sweetener-free so great for anyone figuring out food allergies or doing a sugar detox. Also, if you’re transitioning into primal, this can be a good way to straighten out bad coffee habits.
4. Standard American
What’s in it? Who can tell? If it’s Starbucks probably GMOs and a bunch of sugar.
How do you drink it? Usually with pancakes, waffles, muffins and other grain-filled, insulin-spiking, sugary breakfast treats.
Why drink it? God knows.
Weigh in: How do you take your coffee? Do you try to buy organic? What’s your favourite blend?