Healthy Coffee Recipes That Taste Great Count On More Than The Bean
If you think you can never make a cup of coffee as good as the ones at four bucks or plumkins I’m here to tell you that’s wrong. Save your money for something fun and follow these steps to make a great cup of joe in the morning. Be sure to try one of the healthy coffee recipes at the bottom.
You do not need to spend $250 on a coffee maker
But you should buy the best one you can afford. Coffee makers that can grind their own beans seem to make a better tasting coffee. However, I have switched to the Kuerig and I have to be honest, I think they make a fantastic cup of coffee. And I did not buy the most expensive. In fact, I bought it on Amazon for $135. I have my favorite recipe for a cup below. I have spent $5 on a large coffee and have never found it as good as the one I make every morning.
One last thought to share. For years I used a French Press and I can honestly say you can’t find a better cup of coffee. Takes more effort and time but you can pick up a Press for under $20!
Be Sure You Clean Your Coffee Maker
One of the things most people overlook is cleaning their coffee maker. When you cook a meal in a pan you always wash it after, right? Well you are brewing coffee and while you don’t need to clean it after every use, it does need to be clean to assure your healthy coffee recipes taste great. Read the instructions/manual your maker comes with for directions on how to clean your maker and how often it should be done. If you can’t find your manual, Google it. Just about every manual for everything made today has an online manual, then save it to your computer.
Hopefully by now you have some sort of filtered water system, whether it’s a pitcher you keep in your fridge or filter you run out of the sink, do not drink tap water and do not use tap water in your coffee maker. Not only will tap water affect the taste of your coffee it will result in your machine needing to be cleaned more often. Who wants to do that?
Beans and amounts
I’m not a coffee snob so beans have never really mattered much to me. Since I use the pods now, I focus on sales For example, I do my grocery shopping at 4 different stores. Whenever I’m in one of them, I walk by the coffee isle to check if anything is on sale. It seems I can always find a high end brand for 50% off. This applies to everything, ground, beans, doesn’t matter. For me I like a bold flavor so I concentrate on finding a a dark roast. Really, that’s what you should focus on more than the brand. Do you prefer light, medium or dark? Once you know this, look for a good quality brand on sale whenever you are in the market. If you are using ground coffee I would use beans. Ground coffee goes stale within a week or two. Investing in a grinder is a great idea but if you can’t afford one or just don’t want to hear beans grinding first thing every morning, most stores now have grinders so you can buy a bag of your favorite brand and grind them right there.
The standard amount used is 2 tablespoons per cup but I personally used 3 when I was using my own grinds. One last thought, drink your coffee right away while it’s hot! It will start to lose flavor quickly, especially if you have to reheat in a microwave.
Healthy Coffee Recipes
While following the steps above are going to give you a much better tasting coffee, here are a couple recipes for those of us that like a little flavor with your coffee in the morning.
My number one go to on a morning basis-
- mix one table spoon of pure butter with 14 oz coffee. I use my magic bullet to mix it into a froth for about 30 seconds. Try it, it will be your go to. and guess what? No sugar!
- Mix (with blender) one table spoon each of ghee and coconut oil per 14 oz of coffee
- Mix in a blender, 14 oz coffee and 2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk (can version is fine)
Ice Coffee Option
When it’s hot out or maybe just because you feel like an iced drink later in the day, here’s a cold healthy coffee recipes
Vanilla Iced Coffee
2 teaspoons instant coffee
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cold water
1 1/4 silk milk (plain or any flavor, I like coconut)
Pure Chocolate shavings (optional)
Stevia to taste (optional)
Put the first 5 ingredients into a blender.
Pulse blend until the ingredients are smooth and frothy.
Add the cold milk and pulse blend until all the ingredients are blended well.
Pour of a few cubes of ice, add the chocolate and voila!
If you desire, add the ice to the blender after the first five ingredients have been blended and crush the ice and then add the milk and mix.
Do you have any healthy coffee recipes? Please share below!