Thanks to Caveman Coffee Co. for the coffee, MCT oil and Nitro Hibiscus Cold Brew Tea used in today's post. Find them at: http://www.cavemancoffeeco.com
It was in 2011 that I first heard of adding fat (like butter) to your coffee. My initial reaction is still my same reaction 6 years later. Yuck. And no thank you. However in 2014 the interest had moved to a healthier fat; coconut oil.
If you listen to what we thought we knew about coconut oil in the 70's and 80's, it's all false data. It turns out this was due to studies using hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated coconut oil. That form of coconut oil does contain trans fats, and also contributes to a rise in serum cholesterol levels. That is not the coconut oil of today. When you know better, you do better; and today we know more about coconut oil.
Coconut oil has about 119 calories and 13 grams of fat per tablespoon, similar to olive oil. It contains medium and short-chain triglycerides which break down in the body and are used primarily for energy production, not stored as body fat. Typically it’s recommended you consume one tablespoon of 'healthy fats' a day and if you are opting to use a coconut oil as that healthy fat (as many on Paleo diets do) then this is a great way to do it and even better way is to use a pure MCT oil derived from coconut oil.
MCT oil is liquid at room temperature and is tasteless. It's a great choice for those who don’t like the taste of coconut oil or who need a liquid oil at room temperature and not a solid. (Look for MCT oil sourced only from coconut oil because many are sourced from palm oil, which is responsible for the destruction of the rainforest and has destroyed the natural habitat of the orangutan and Sumatran tiger.) MCT's are easily digested, absorbed, and used as energy for the body. MCT oil is colorless and virtually odorless.
When I found out Caveman MCT is made from coconut oil and is sustainably raised. I was happy to try their product in my "healthy fat infused" coffee trial. From their site: "Caveman Coffee Co. MCT oil is sourced sustainably and is derived 100% from coconuts. We have made a choice to cut out Palm Oil MCT entirely. We believe in sustaining our environment and preserving the life in our rain forests."
This past week I've been trying a new morning coffee. Coconut Oil (per MCT oil) infused coffee. Using Caveman Coffee Co. Compostable coffee capsules and Caveman Coffee MCT oil.
Done right, I think you'll like this!
The first thing I found: do not just add oil to your coffee cup and expect to like it and drink it. Well, you might, but it's kind of gross. You know oil and water don't mix. So you'll have a cup of coffee with a layer of oil floating on it. Instead, blend it.
HOW TO MAKE IT
I know a lot of people use a blender to blend their coffee and MCT oil.
Those people obviously like to clean their blenders more than I do or have more time to clean their blenders than I do.
I suggest a stick blender. I own a Cuisinart brand stick blender. It's QUICK and EASY and FAST and works right in my coffee cup. NO MESS.
I do have to say I like my coffee dark. And strong. And black. Probably stronger than most of my readers. So I opt more for an 'espresso' sized brew of the coffee capsule (k-cup). I brew at 4 ounces but of course you can brew at the normal 8 oz. or whatever size you wish.
Add your MCT oil (I'd start with just 1 teaspoon and slowly work your way up after you see how you do. It can have a laxative effect for some in larger doses.) Now use your stick blender, placed into your cup, hit the button and blend for about 5 seconds and you get a creamy, frothy, amazing 'latte' style drink. And if you wish to make a flavored latte drink, just add a splash of your favorite sugar free coffee syrup or sweetener!
|A creamy, foamy latte style drink|
The Sabertooth Roast is smoky on the nose, with notes of campfire marshmallows, vanilla pipe tobacco, and toasted hazelnuts. It touts a balanced smoothness with a hint of lemon peel on the finish.
Best of all you can ORDER ONCE AND FORGET IT - letting Caveman Coffee Co. ship to you automatically with a coffee subscription. See how here: http://www.cavemancoffeeco.com/monthly-coffee-subscription
For those of you who don't love coffee, I have another product from Caveman Coffee you might really enjoy!
Caveman Coffee Nitro Hibiscus Cold Brew Tea is a flavor explosion of berries, floral sweetness, a touch of tart lemon and tropical fruit punch. The slight nudge of carbonation brings out the natural sweetness in the tea, and does a little dance on your tongue.
I agree with their description of a flavor 'explosion' - I'm not sure if this is the nitrogen infusion that does it or the cold brew process, but there is an undeniable burst of flavor! A bit tart but for those of use living a sugar free lifestyle; this is what we crave. And nothing else will do. Teas or drinks with sugar or nasty corn syrups do not enter our home.
Room temperature it was not great. Over ice it was fantastic! And my favorite of all? Hot. Simply pour into your favorite mug, microwave to heat and enjoy one of the most flavorful hot hibiscus teas you've probably ever had.
Thank you Caveman Coffee Co. for providing the ingredients for this post.
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Here is the Cuisinart Stick Blender used in the post above and available to order through Amazon if you can't find it locally:
Cuisinart Smart Stick 2 Speed Hand Blender, Brushed Stainless Steel