I just drank my first real cup of Joe 10 days ago in Texas. That’s right, I’m in my 40s and never acquired the taste for it. While I love the smell, I could never get over that first sip. Yuck! So dang bitter.
My mother explained the wonders of the morning ritual the jitter juice provides, as well as its medicinal wonders in fighting constipation (Dr. Mom simply had to make an appearance during breakfast!).
Meanwhile my husband goaded me into trying his brew, because he has “mad coffee makin’ skills” or some such silliness. Apparently it’s all in the width of the grains.
Anyway, he gave me 3 squares of dark chocolate to bite into after each sip. Eat dark chocolate while drinking coffee? SOLD!
The dark chocolate got me over the bitterness fast! Needless to say, I was open to trying the battery acid again.
My second cup of java came during our marathon drive (20+ hours) back home. I didn’t have any dark chocolate to help with the taste, so I tried a pumpkin spiced latte. While I loved the pumpkin flavor, it was too sweet for me.
Too bitter, too sweet…Oh wow, I’m the Goldilocks of coffee drinkers!
The great thing about the black ichor of life is the health benefits to drinking it (in moderation, of course). But for me to continue drinking it, I need to find a way to get past the bitterness without relying on chocolate or tasty flavors that up the sugar (and carb count) of something that’s naturally low carb.
Coffee With Butter?
The other night I decided to try my version of the latest fad running wild in the low carb and paleo communities — Bulletproof Coffee!
My version doesn’t need a blender or MCT oil. I simply added 1 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp of cream to my coffee. The result? Goodbye bitterness, hello buttery goodness. Yum!
The fat content does fill you up and you don’t want to eat after drinking it. But this isn’t something I’ll try everyday. Instead, I’ll reserve it for those days where my daily caloric intake of fat is well below 65%. I know the guy that created Bulletproof Coffee pitches it as a meal replacement, but this concoction doesn’t have the essential nutrients that my breakfast provides. Sorry, but I’ll take one of my avocado-tomato omelets over a Bulletproof Coffee every time.
Authority Nutrition has an interesting post on the cons of drinking Bulletproof Coffee everyday, multiple times a day. Sometimes too much fat is a bad thing.
Anyway, while I’m starting to enjoy coffee I don’t think a daily ritual of eggs and a cup of Juan Valdez’s best is in my future. But I think a few times a week I can enjoy one serving of bean juice (with a tbsp of cream) with breakfast.