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The Blended Coffee Revolution

Our nearly two years living on the west coast has deeply immersed us in the near religion status that is coffee. It’s been taken from a simple cup of black, caffeinated beverage to a full-blown art form. For Andrea and I, an amazing epiphany occurred when a friend told us to try stirring some butter in to our coffee.  It went against all instincts to change my precious morning ritual, but after one cup I was hooked. It was rich, frothy, and it added some morning fats that really smoothed out the flavour and the caffeine buzz.

Epiphany #2 was at an amazing coffee shop near our house called Culprit coffee in Kitsilano, Vancouver. They took the addition of extra ingredients to warp speed turbo level, adding spices like cardamom and turmeric, and tasty homemade pumpkin seed milk.

This must be the birthplace of hipsters.

With dabs of other inspiration, we’ve created a few recipes for what we call ‘Blendy’ coffees, using our trusty Vitamix blender to add healthy fats like coconut milk, cashews, avocado, and some flavor-punching spices. If you’re new to ‘fat’ coffees, first try simply adding a bit of grass-fed butter or coconut oil to your morning brew. Then if that tickles your fancy, skip over to the next level blend in Recipe #2.

Recipe #1: Basic ‘Blendy’ Coffee

This is the entry level mix, to let you test the fat coffee waters. (Makes two drinks)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of strong coffee, using your method of choice
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, or grass-fed butter
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey (optional for added sweetness)

Blend on high for 10-15 seconds. It should get light and frothy.

Recipe #2: Ode to Culprit – Sweet and Savory Blendy Coffee

Never would I think that ingredients like turmeric and cardamom would be written in the same recipe as coffee. But here we are. Some consider these fat coffees as a meal replacement, and although they are more filling than a simple cup of coffee, make sure to get some fruit or other breakfast item in as well. For two cups:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of strong coffee, using your method of choice
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey (optional for added sweetness)

Add all the ingredients in your blender and blend on high for 10-15 seconds. It should get smooth and frothy.

This is just the start, we have lots more ideas and recipes to try!

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