Following on from the bulletproof phenomenon it turns out that adding things to coffee is nothing new, in fact, it has been done for centuries! Although some coffee connoisseurs may be of the opinion that adding anything to black coffee is sacrilege, others believe that certain ingredients combined with coffee can be good for your health.
Here are some of the most weird, wonderful and delicious additions to coffee and the health benefits they are believed to bring about.
Cardamom - used originally in Ayurvedic medicine, cardamon combined with coffee beans, is believed to neutralise the effects of caffeine, reducing its stimulating effects.
Salt - a common flavour enhancer in both food and drink, adding salt to coffee can apparently neutralise its bitterness.
Cinnamon - there’s nothing nicer than the warming and homely scent of cinnamon. Adding cinnamon to coffee can naturally sweeten its flavour and negate the need for milk or sugar - which will save calories too. Cinnamon was also traditionally believed to boost people’s immune systems.
Vanilla Extract - another sugar free alternative to sweeten your daily cup of joe is through the use of flavour extracts, such as vanilla or almond. However, with their highly concentrated flavour and hefty price tag it’s probably best to us them sparingly!
Egg - egg is known to clarify coffee and get rid of any sediment, resulting in a quality cup of coffee. This idea originated from Scandanavia, where raw eggs are mixed with coffee grounds and drunk at breakfast.
Coconut Milk - coconut milk is sometimes used as an alternative to cow’s milk. The creamy texture and exotic flavour can make for a delicious flavour combination for lactose intolerant coffee lovers.