Best Coffee Hack on Whole30, maybe ever

One thing I love about Ramit Sethi is that he actually advocates spending money on lattes (sort-of). As a barista, I thrive on the specialty coffee market. I spend unapologetically on the things I love, including the best coffee I can find. For more info on Ramit and his renegade financial life, check out his site, I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

I’m about halfway through the Whole30 program and I’m feeling pretty sassy.

I’ll admit that when I first read about it I was like, “Aw, heck no!” It takes an insane amount of discipline to not drink wine, especially working in a Trattoria where one perk is wine! :-/

The essential thing for me is that I can tell in my body that things are changing! More on that later, but for now, here’s my #1 favorite all time best coffee hack ever, which so happens to be perfect on the Whole30 diet plan!

Sort-of a riff on on the Bulletproof Coffee method, but using your own ingredients.

Before we begin, I realize that the Whole30 recommendation is to drink your coffee black: trust me, I am also doing that.

But what YOU need to realize is that I’m a badass barista alchemist and I was inspired to find a nice indulgence that is also healthy and totally satisfying!

Now YOU GET TO BENEFIT from my experiments!

Just FYI, I take coffee seriously and I’ve trained myself to drink gas station coffee black if I have no other options, by sheer force of willpower, but I also know the absolute best coffee in town, and a chunk of it happens in my kitchen!

First, gather everything you need:

  • Filtered hot water, I use capresso to ensure exact temperature, 190 degrees, or slightly under boiling
  • Good coffee (summer moon velvet blaze), best is ground right before you brew, using a burr grinder, I have a Black and Decker
  • Using a French press is ideal, or at very least a gold filter for your drip brewer. Why? Paper filters absorb oil, which is where the antioxidants in the coffee hang out. Also the flavor. But do what you gotta do
  • ingredients:
  • ground coffee
  • cacao
  • Turmeric
  • cinnamon
  • ghee
  • coconut oil

If you’re fortunate to have a grinder, buy whole cacao and just grind it up when you grind your beans. Use 1/4 teaspoon of cacao per tablespoon of coffee.

Add 1/16 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/32 teaspoon of cinnamon. You’re so technical, I’m trying to help you out, for the rest of us, use a dash of each but less cinnamon unless you really want cinnamon mocha. If you’re using a french press, drop it in before the water. If you’re using a drip brewer, add it to the dry pot before you start brewing. (The paper filter will trap all the spices.)

Add your water, stir, cover and let stand for 4 minutes.

Now, this part (well all of it) is up to you, but I like a bit more coconut oil than ghee. Ghee has a strong flavor, it is nice but can overpower the coffee.

1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil per brewed cup and 1/8 teaspoon of ghee per brewed cup.

Spin the brewed coffee and oils up in the blender. This emulsifies the oils so you don’t get oil lake on top of your cup.

BOOM. Best Coffee. You can add Almond Malk or almond milk you made, but it really doesn’t need it.

The turmeric is excellent for inflammation and has a ton of other benefits. So does Cinnamon.

Natural antiseptic
Natural analgesic
Speeds up wound healing
Improves digestion
Blood purifier
Strengthens ligaments
Skin tonic
Helps alleviate coughing
Improves asthma
Slows progression of MS (multiple sclerosis)
Helps prevent gas/bloating
Lowers cholesterol
Heals stomach ulcers
Improves skin conditions (psoriasis, eczema)
Helps prevent cancer (breast, prostate, skin, colon, lymphoma, leukemia)
Prevents progression of Alzheimer
Aids in fat metabolism and weight management
Reduces side effects of chemotherapy

I’m basically nuts for coconut oil and use it for almost everything! When you buy, make sure you get organic, virgin, expeller-pressed and unrefined, especially in you’re ingesting it: read more about that here.

I hope you enjoyed this! Let me know in the comments. I’ll be posting more about my experience with whole30 after April 13th!

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Peace and Progress,