25 1/2 Delicious Coffee Hacks You Probably Never Thought About

If you’re like most people who make coffee in the morning before heading out to work, there’s a chance that you simply brew it fast and for convenience, which is great if you love your coffee simple (like we do). But for those who are more adventurous and seeking to get more out of their home brewed coffee, we’ve found some easy “coffee hacks” that can greatly improve your morning coffee experience.

Cinnamon vs sugar

Do you like sweet coffee? Are you used to dumping sugar or worse, sugar substitutes in your coffee but you know they aren’t healthy? Add a bit of cinnamon instead. It'll sweeten up your drink without adding any calories.

Make your own creamer

Save money on creamer by making your own at home using just milk and flavored extract. Just mix a few drops of vanilla or almond extract into some milk, and you've got a perfectly good creamer for your coffee. Plus, it will last longer than store-bought creamers, so you don't have to worry about it going bad.

Coffee ice cubes

Don't pour your old coffee down the drain; pour it into your ice cube tray! After freezing your coffee into ice cubes, you can use them in your iced coffees in the future so that they won't get watered down. Or you can pour milk over your ice cubes for the taste of a nice iced latte.

Use canned coconut milk as a rich, non-dairy creamer

Nondairy creamers tend to be loaded with sketchy preservatives and artificial ingredients. Instead, try full-fat, canned coconut milk. It will give you the same rich, decadent texture as real dairy cream (unlike the thinner coconut milk that comes in a carton). Try to find a brand with the least amount of ingredients (just coconut and water, if possible) for the best texture and purest coconut flavor.

Add salt to make coffee less bitter

A dash of salt can help counteract bitter or off flavors in your coffee, making it more palatable. As long as you use a small amount, your coffee won't be noticeably saltier, especially if you drink it with cream and sugar.

Use flavor extracts instead of fake creamers

Craving a vanilla or almond coffee but trying to cut back on expensive, overly sweetened, processed creamers? Simply add half-and-half or cream to your coffee with a drop or two of your favorite flavor extract. You can even mix and match to create fun flavor creations, like vanilla-maple and buttered rum.

Clean your coffeemaker

This may not sound like a “hack” but you’d be surprised how many people brew coffee without cleaning their machine or grinder. Coffee residue can build up inside your machine after prolonged use, imparting off flavors to your brew. For best results, once a month, fill the reservoir chamber with half white vinegar and half water, run it through the machine, and then run a few cycles with plain water to rinse (using fresh water each time). Don't forget to wash the carafe between each batch of coffee you make too.

Rinse your coffee filters before each brew

For the purest coffee, you should rinse your filters each time you brew a pot. Flush paper filters with hot water to remove any woody, chemical flavors, and pour hot water through reusable filters to remove any residue. This will help you achieve a cleaner-tasting pot of coffee with minimal effort.

Reuse old coffee grounds

Hate throwing away all those coffee grounds? You can reuse them in plenty of ways. Scatter them in your flower beds to give a fertilizing boost to your garden, keep them in the back of your fridge as a deodorizer, or mix them with olive oil to create a luxurious body scrub.

Coffee biohacks

What if you want to get experimental with your coffee and add specific nutrients that help supercharge the healthy effects?

Bulletproof biohacker Dave Asprey shares his top 15 additions to make coffee more healthy

L-Theanine

L-Theanine (100 mg) is a popular supplement that works synergistically with caffeine. It’s an amino acid naturally found in tea that increases alpha brain waves. It has been shown to mitigate negative effects from caffeine, including damaged sleep quality and anxiety, while boosting the positive effects. You can also take it in a capsule in the morning along with your coffee. But why not blend it in? It won’t change the taste, but it changes how you feel.

Turmeric

Turmeric is the popular yellow spice used mainly in Indian cuisine. Turmeric contains a powerful compound called curcumin, which has profound anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong antioxidant. Adding it to your coffee will boost the total amount of antioxidants, but will diminish the coffee flavor. If you don’t like coffee, but want to drink it for the antioxidant polyphenols, turmeric erases the coffee taste. Turmeric doesn’t absorb well without fat anyway.

Ginger

Ginger is rich in gingerols, and has been used for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-nausea effects. Like turmeric, ginger will diminish some of the coffee flavor.[iii] Mix this stuff with turmeric, and you’ll taste NO coffee (but what kind of masochist would do that???), and get a powerful anti-inflammatory herbal blend.

Grape Seed Extract

Grape Seed Extract has an astringent, tannin flavor that’s not bitter (depending on the brand). It also has positive effects with blood cholesterol and inflammation.[iv] A pure grape seed extract can add amazing flavor notes to coffee.

Collagen

Collagen is a great addition to Bulletproof Coffee as less inflammatory protein source high in the amino acid glycine. It aids healthy tissue repair while maintaining healthy levels of inflammation and revitalizing your skin.[v] It also stands up well to the heat of coffee, which is not true of quality whey protein.

Vanilla

Vanilla adds a great flavor and has historically been used as a cognitive enhancer. Real vanilla (only about 5% of the “vanilla” people consume) has a super high ORAC score of 122,400. You can mix the Upgraded Vanilla in with your coffee grounds or add them after brewing.[vi]

Cayenne

Cayenne is well known for its health impacts, especially since it works synergistically with MCTs for thermogenesis. However, cayenne has a high risk of mold toxin contamination, so opt for a high quality source. It is also a nightshade, so it’s a suspect food on the Bulletproof Diet Roadmap. Be sure it’s helping you. And get ready to sweat!

Blueberry Powder

Blueberry Powder has a high amount of polyphenols as well as a high ORAC score. It also raises BDNF, which helps brain function. Remember to watch out for high amounts of fructose! I use blueberry extract in the morning, or real powder in my second cup when I have one.

Eggs and/or Egg Yolks

Eggs, and especially egg yolks, are a good alternative as a source of healthy fats in the absence of butter. They are great sources of micronutrients like omega-3s and vitamin K2 (see below).

Bilberry Powder

Bilberry Powder is made from bilberries, a close relative of cranberries. It can improve vision, reduce eyestrain, and support overall eye health.[ix] It’s expensive – so increase it’s bioavailability.

Cacao Butter

Cacao Butter provides a subtle chocolate finish to your coffee. It’s also a great source of healthy saturated fats! It’s not a replacement for real grass-fed butter. Just add a little!

Chocolate Powder

Chocolate Powder can make your Bulletproof® Coffee into a mocha, and adds lots of polyphenols to your morning blend.

Vitamin K2

Vitamin K2 is found in your grass-fed butter, but it is also a powerful addition to your coffee. It’s heat stable and doesn’t change the coffee flavor. For the lowdown on how crucial K2 is to your biology.

Maca

Maca, also known as Peruvian Ginseng, is an endocrine adaptogen that can help balance hormones and reverse hypothyroidism. It’s also high in vitamins and minerals like magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

Ceylon Cinnamon

Ceylon Cinnamon can help you regulate your blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance, along with helping guard against irritable bowel syndrome and stomach flu, while increasing memory and response times.[xi] Ceylon is in contrast to the kind of cinnamon you usually find in generic grocery stores, which is called Cassia – it isn’t actually made from the real cinnamon plant. It’s worth upgrading to Ceylon, especially since a lot of people have a small reaction to Cassia they often aren’t aware of.

Or Add Nothing At All!

Black coffee is amazing too. You really get the flavor of the beans and once you go black well…you know what they say.

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