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What do you put in your coffee?

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Created January 04, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Coffee = life

This month I am doing a gluten free/dairy free Paleo. I don't think I have issues with dairy, but I figured if I was gonna do it strict, might as well do it all. I do still have Kerrygold butter, for some reason that's not dairy in my head.

My issue is what to put in my coffee. Typically I put in a teeny bit of honey and probably a tsp of heavy cream. I can drink it black, but unless the coffee is awesome, it's not a great option.

So, I'm just looking for suggestions to inspire me this morning.

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5949 · April 10, 2013 at 11:04 PM

I totally don't do coconut milk in coffee any more. I now use the local organic pastured heavy cream.

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253 · January 06, 2011 at 1:24 PM

I think this is FANTASTIC. The best creamer alternative I've tried! Thanks!

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18701 · January 05, 2011 at 1:12 PM

It gets so thick sometimes it scares me! I need to find a good brand without a lot of added stuff and give it another shot.

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1634 · January 05, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Black for me too. As Americano or a straight shot of espresso.

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1997 · January 05, 2011 at 5:36 AM

Oops I forgot I had already evangelized that to you :) You can just wipe it clean with a paper towel. No sink needed. I do that sometimes when our washer/dryer is hooked up to the kitchen sink.

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15229 · January 05, 2011 at 1:43 AM

when i was a kid, my parents told me that i was only allowed to drink coffee if i could drink it black- they say that people drinking coffee with cream and sugar are just drinking melted ice cream. cant argue with that. i drank it black for over a decade until i got wicked acid stomach. started adding cream to balance that out. resolved my acid stomach, but found myself addicted to cream in my coffee. never went the sugar route, though...

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18701 · January 05, 2011 at 1:32 AM

You just made my calorie counting little heart skip a beat! :O Sounds delish though! AFter my month without dairy, I may try to track down some grass-fed heavy cream!

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10768 · January 05, 2011 at 1:31 AM

Gluten has been OUT for me for a while, and dairy is not a daily thing, but I do have dairy 2-3 times a week. The forms with the least lactose, like cream, cheddar, and other hard cheeses appeal the most to me.

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10768 · January 05, 2011 at 1:29 AM

mmmm, Heavy Cream Breves at Freedom of Espresso in Syracuse, NY... they usually have local dairy on hand if you know to ask!

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10768 · January 05, 2011 at 1:24 AM

Heavy cream, also called heavy whipping cream, is whipping cream with a milk fat content of between 36 and 40 percent. Whipping cream will double in volume when whipped. Heavy cream is not the same as the British double cream. Double cream has 48% butterfat, 8% higher than the highest-fat cream available in the United States. FROM http://www.food.com/library/heavy-cream-361

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18701 · January 05, 2011 at 12:23 AM

I understand where you are coming from, but I know the butter is grassfed and quality. I only use about a tsp per day. I drink at least 3 cups of coffee per day and I don't have a source for raw or grassfed cream.

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18701 · January 05, 2011 at 12:21 AM

Is there a difference between heavy whipping cream and heavy cream?

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 11:52 PM

My aeropress just came today Steph! I am excited to try it! But I still think it is for home use. I can't fit anything in the sink at work to rinse it out. It's annoying!

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22913 · January 04, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Heavy cream= dairy fat.

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1997 · January 04, 2011 at 9:44 PM

I've had an Aeropress (http://www.amazon.com/Aerobie-80R08-AeroPress-Coffee-Espresso/dp/B000GXZ2GS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1294177292&sr=8-1) for years and you'll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands. Best tasting coffee ever, especially coupled with fresh ground. We take it with us travelling too, because it's super easy to use by just heating up water in a hotel coffee maker/microwave/hot water dispenser, and then just wiping the parts clean with a paper towel.

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1932 · January 04, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I gave up cream because I could tell it was causing some digestive issues. I hated, hated, HATED my coffee for about three days. And then, all of a sudden, it became delicious! Now I wouldn't even think of adulterating my delicious coffee with that nasty cream stuff :-) (the "nasty" part is said in jest)

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7324 · January 04, 2011 at 7:08 PM

You might try making ghee with the kerrygold. I don't consider that dairy since it is pretty much just fat with the proteins and milk solids removed. I'm doing a dairy free january, but including ghee.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 6:30 PM

I bookmarked them last time you mentioned it, but haven't really had an extra $ for mail order coffee with the holidays. I do plan on trying it. I normally have no issues with dairy, I just thought I would try to eliminate it for a month to see what happens. I absolutely agree about enjoying life!

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15229 · January 04, 2011 at 6:09 PM

ghee is the most magical, amazing, beautiful stuff. never had it in coffee, but since i use it to moisturize my face, my nostrils in winter, in my food, stirred into soups, for sauteeing, and pretty much everything else you can think of, ill give it a shot. purity also sells something (my CSA carries it) that is premixed half grassfed ghee, and half coconut oil. the best of both worlds.

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5516 · January 04, 2011 at 4:53 PM

How about buy a percolator and keep it at work?

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5516 · January 04, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Actually, another thing I like doing is putting cinnamon in black coffee. It tastes great, doesn't fill you up, is great for insulin, and makes not so great coffee taste quite good.

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5516 · January 04, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Cold brewing is a nice alternative. I have done it in my French press somewhat successfully. You mix the concentrate with some water and ice and it's pretty tasty.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I can drink the VIA but it needs cream for sure!

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8868 · January 04, 2011 at 4:28 PM

My store had the Purity Farms stuff and a different, more expensive, "Grassfed Ghee." Good to know that PF is also Grassfed (and less expensive).

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8868 · January 04, 2011 at 4:22 PM

For awhile I was keeping a supply of heavy cream in the office fridge. We have a Costco down the street and I'd buy the half gallon carton for $5. Oh and Costco also has the Starbucks instant packets which work out to about $0.50 per coffee. It's actually quite good.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:57 PM

The gluten should be a permanent elimination. The dairy is the one I will probably add back in. Thank you!

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:57 PM

I do okay with the honey. I barely put a tsp in there and some of it is still left at the bottom when I finish the cup. My coffee needs to be hot right now! But I will be mixing up the iced coffee come summer. I do drink green tea too, but that one needs no dairy, so it's not an issue!

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Yeah, I will give that one a try. I just hate buying the big container and then not liking it.

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3976 · January 04, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Ghee is just clarified butter. It's funny that I love heavy cream in coffee as well, but can't imagine putting butter into it, despite the fact that butter comes from the cream. So what this comes down to is whether or not you want to allow butter while you're doing something strict.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Would you like to come be my personal barista, Jake? I have tried making coffee at work and it isn't ideal. The sink isn't even big enough to rinse out my teeny french press. I do know I need better coffee. I think I may work on that cold brewing idea.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Nice idea! Thank you!

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12174 · January 04, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I've put a couple of shakes of cinnamon on top of the fresh grounds before closing the basket and pressing "brew". This adds the cinnamon flavor without the actual ground cinnamon in the drink, since it's caught by the filter.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Added caffeine buzz? Hmmm. Might be worth it!

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Ooh! Vanilla. EVEN BETTER.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:03 PM

OMG. That is not happening for me. I've tried and it's just not worth it. :p

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279 · January 04, 2011 at 2:59 PM

I think that is great idea. I also did that for 2 weeks - but I had to give up coffee also as I can't drink it without milk.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:57 PM

That sounds like a fabulous treat, Doris! Paleo mocha! I'll have to try it, but I drink too much coffee to do that one all the time. I'll get some organic cocoa power or cacao powder next time I'm at the health food store!

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4528 · January 04, 2011 at 2:56 PM

I use this creamer too - it's GREAT in coffee! I make mine with a can of coconut milk, a splash of vanilla and a raw egg, combined in the Vitamix.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:55 PM

LOL. Love it, Carl. I do sometimes drink it black, but it has to be fantastic coffee. I did skim milk plus splenda for YEARS which is pretty SAD. I can do this, but I think the coffee quality is key!

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I can't open the link right now (bizarre filter at work) but I will check it out later. It sounds interesting!

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Thanks for the extra info Adam!

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:52 PM

I just got a food processor from Santa, but haven't tried it out yet.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Hmmmm. Okay. I will have to research that one. I leave for work super early in the morning, so I try not to spend much time in the kitchen. But cold brew I could probably make the night before and we have a hot water dispenser at work.

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6550 · January 04, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Ooops...forgot to add, but when I'm at my parent's house, which is where I usually get mediocre coffee (sorry, Mom!), I just use their McCormick grocery store cinnamon and it does the job.

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6550 · January 04, 2011 at 2:48 PM

I get my spices from an ethnic market in town, but I think the Ceylon from Penzeys is supposed to be top-of-the-line in freshness. http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeysceyloncinnamon.html

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510 · January 04, 2011 at 2:40 PM

An easy way to transport your own coffee is to use a cold brew system--they you just need to transport a little of the concentrate with you and can add water wherever you are.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Yeah, I don't think I have dairy issues, but I figured I'd do a one month elimination with it just to see what happens.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Coconut milk? I worry that it will get too thick in the coffee. I tend to drink a big cup of coffee over several hours. I prefer local raw honey to stevia, but I don't use much.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Cinnamon! Nice answer. Do you buy it at a health food store? Or just the regular grocery store stuff?

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I haven't tried ghee yet. I'm not even sure what it is. LOL. I am still pretty newb to Paleo. I saw it at the health food store and ALMOST bought it, but couldn't pull the trigger. I'm still getting used to adding fat to my diet with coconut oil and butter.

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253 · January 04, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I made homemade almond milk once (it's a little laborious!) but it was thick and raw and great in my coffee.

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10768 · January 04, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I don't add butter. I add ghee. Think of it as the best part of heavy cream, distilled down into your coffee!

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:18 PM

I've used almond milk and it's okay, it sometimes changes the taste of the coffee. Also I know a lot of almond milk has a bunch of stuff in it that isn't great. I will do some label reading next time I am at Trader Joes.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Is it wrong that my first thought is "UM...Eww." Butter in tea sounds okay, but coffee? Hmmm. I will try the coconut oil this weekend when I am home though, just for experimentation purposes!

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:15 PM

MY COFFEE is not the problem! ;) It's the coffee once I get to work and when I am out and about. I've brought my french press here before, but that just gets messy and annoying.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:14 PM

I know Stephen! I did manage it in November, but December was it's own special nightmare. That's why the recommitment for January.

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7970 · January 04, 2011 at 2:13 PM

I can't agree with your last sentiment more - buy better coffee. I used to love Starbucks decaf when they'd add an ounce or two of the heavy cream they keep in the front fridge. When I tried it plain black (trying to comply more to the letter of a morning fast) I couldn't stand the stuff (though I can drink the tasty decaf I brew at home plain just fine). So when I must go to Starbucks (with coworkers) I just get tea.

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10768 · January 04, 2011 at 2:09 PM

All hail coffee!

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22913 · January 04, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Everymonth should be gluten free ;)

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15229 · January 04, 2011 at 6:24 PM

la colombe is the best coffee on the market, hands down. i drink that black. cheap coffee gets heavy cream. mediocre coffee gets freshly ground cardamon pods tossed in with the grounds. i wouldnt worry about the cream you put in your coffee though, as an obstacle to being PALEO, in capital letters. its more important to enjoy your life than to be orthodox, IMHO.

that said, but better coffee.

http://www.lacolombe.com/

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 6:30 PM

I bookmarked them last time you mentioned it, but haven't really had an extra $ for mail order coffee with the holidays. I do plan on trying it. I normally have no issues with dairy, I just thought I would try to eliminate it for a month to see what happens. I absolutely agree about enjoying life!

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15229 · January 05, 2011 at 1:43 AM

when i was a kid, my parents told me that i was only allowed to drink coffee if i could drink it black- they say that people drinking coffee with cream and sugar are just drinking melted ice cream. cant argue with that. i drank it black for over a decade until i got wicked acid stomach. started adding cream to balance that out. resolved my acid stomach, but found myself addicted to cream in my coffee. never went the sugar route, though...

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1932 · January 04, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I gave up cream because I could tell it was causing some digestive issues. I hated, hated, HATED my coffee for about three days. And then, all of a sudden, it became delicious! Now I wouldn't even think of adulterating my delicious coffee with that nasty cream stuff :-) (the "nasty" part is said in jest)

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22913 · January 04, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Coconut milk is decent if you won't do heavy cream.

Nothing really compares to heavy cream tho.

The other alternative is buy better coffee. Cheap coffee needs flavor, quality coffee I can drink black

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7970 · January 04, 2011 at 2:13 PM

I can't agree with your last sentiment more - buy better coffee. I used to love Starbucks decaf when they'd add an ounce or two of the heavy cream they keep in the front fridge. When I tried it plain black (trying to comply more to the letter of a morning fast) I couldn't stand the stuff (though I can drink the tasty decaf I brew at home plain just fine). So when I must go to Starbucks (with coworkers) I just get tea.

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8868 · January 04, 2011 at 4:22 PM

For awhile I was keeping a supply of heavy cream in the office fridge. We have a Costco down the street and I'd buy the half gallon carton for $5. Oh and Costco also has the Starbucks instant packets which work out to about $0.50 per coffee. It's actually quite good.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Hmmmm. Okay. I will have to research that one. I leave for work super early in the morning, so I try not to spend much time in the kitchen. But cold brew I could probably make the night before and we have a hot water dispenser at work.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 11:52 PM

My aeropress just came today Steph! I am excited to try it! But I still think it is for home use. I can't fit anything in the sink at work to rinse it out. It's annoying!

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1997 · January 05, 2011 at 5:36 AM

Oops I forgot I had already evangelized that to you :) You can just wipe it clean with a paper towel. No sink needed. I do that sometimes when our washer/dryer is hooked up to the kitchen sink.

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510 · January 04, 2011 at 2:40 PM

An easy way to transport your own coffee is to use a cold brew system--they you just need to transport a little of the concentrate with you and can add water wherever you are.

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5516 · January 04, 2011 at 4:53 PM

How about buy a percolator and keep it at work?

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:15 PM

MY COFFEE is not the problem! ;) It's the coffee once I get to work and when I am out and about. I've brought my french press here before, but that just gets messy and annoying.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I can drink the VIA but it needs cream for sure!

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1997 · January 04, 2011 at 9:44 PM

I've had an Aeropress (http://www.amazon.com/Aerobie-80R08-AeroPress-Coffee-Espresso/dp/B000GXZ2GS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1294177292&sr=8-1) for years and you'll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands. Best tasting coffee ever, especially coupled with fresh ground. We take it with us travelling too, because it's super easy to use by just heating up water in a hotel coffee maker/microwave/hot water dispenser, and then just wiping the parts clean with a paper towel.

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10768 · January 04, 2011 at 2:08 PM

I have discovered that i like coconut oil in my hot coffee, it melts right in! If I'm ever feeling low, this fixes it right up.

But even better is a spoonful of grass-fed ghee!

I stole the idea from Tibetan tea, where they add both salt and butter/ghee to hot tea for all day energy.


Added links:

http://whole9life.com/2010/11/butter/ Whole9's take on butter and ghee!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghee


I buy ghee by Purity Farm at my Wegman's store, and if you go to their website http://www.purityfarms.com/ you'll find this:

Sometimes, the Ghee is lighter in color than other times. Why is that? We use no colorings in our Ghee, and the slight differences in color are due to seasonal changes. Ghee made in the summer tends to be more "yellow" because the cows are grazing longer hours and have more chlorophyll in their systems. I'm also a fan of http://www.pureindianfoods.com/index.shtml

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8868 · January 04, 2011 at 4:28 PM

My store had the Purity Farms stuff and a different, more expensive, "Grassfed Ghee." Good to know that PF is also Grassfed (and less expensive).

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Thanks for the extra info Adam!

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I haven't tried ghee yet. I'm not even sure what it is. LOL. I am still pretty newb to Paleo. I saw it at the health food store and ALMOST bought it, but couldn't pull the trigger. I'm still getting used to adding fat to my diet with coconut oil and butter.

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10768 · January 04, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I don't add butter. I add ghee. Think of it as the best part of heavy cream, distilled down into your coffee!

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15229 · January 04, 2011 at 6:09 PM

ghee is the most magical, amazing, beautiful stuff. never had it in coffee, but since i use it to moisturize my face, my nostrils in winter, in my food, stirred into soups, for sauteeing, and pretty much everything else you can think of, ill give it a shot. purity also sells something (my CSA carries it) that is premixed half grassfed ghee, and half coconut oil. the best of both worlds.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Is it wrong that my first thought is "UM...Eww." Butter in tea sounds okay, but coffee? Hmmm. I will try the coconut oil this weekend when I am home though, just for experimentation purposes!

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3976 · January 04, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Ghee is just clarified butter. It's funny that I love heavy cream in coffee as well, but can't imagine putting butter into it, despite the fact that butter comes from the cream. So what this comes down to is whether or not you want to allow butter while you're doing something strict.

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6550 · January 04, 2011 at 2:31 PM

I found that a shake or two of cinnamon zazzes up even the most mediocre coffee. I used to be a sugar and cream fiend.

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6550 · January 04, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Ooops...forgot to add, but when I'm at my parent's house, which is where I usually get mediocre coffee (sorry, Mom!), I just use their McCormick grocery store cinnamon and it does the job.

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12174 · January 04, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I've put a couple of shakes of cinnamon on top of the fresh grounds before closing the basket and pressing "brew". This adds the cinnamon flavor without the actual ground cinnamon in the drink, since it's caught by the filter.

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6550 · January 04, 2011 at 2:48 PM

I get my spices from an ethnic market in town, but I think the Ceylon from Penzeys is supposed to be top-of-the-line in freshness. http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeysceyloncinnamon.html

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Cinnamon! Nice answer. Do you buy it at a health food store? Or just the regular grocery store stuff?

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Nice idea! Thank you!

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248 · January 04, 2011 at 3:01 PM

drinking it black might take some getting used to, but i'm hooked now. i now realize how full i'd feel from drinking coffee with cream. its so much lighter when drinking it black and i drink less of it, cause you feel the caffeine much more.

cara

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Added caffeine buzz? Hmmm. Might be worth it!

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1634 · January 05, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Black for me too. As Americano or a straight shot of espresso.

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1227 · January 04, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I have a little coffee in my cream. Sometimes I have coffee and cream with a heaping Tablespoon of cocoa powder stirred in and put a sprinkiling of cinnamon on top. When I use the cocoa powder, I add less than 1/8 t. of sugar. Plain old sugar. Mostly I drink tea. Will try the ghee in tea just so I can say I did.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:57 PM

That sounds like a fabulous treat, Doris! Paleo mocha! I'll have to try it, but I drink too much coffee to do that one all the time. I'll get some organic cocoa power or cacao powder next time I'm at the health food store!

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485 · January 04, 2011 at 2:41 PM

I made this coconut creamer the other day, but I admit I never tried it in my coffee. I drink my coffee black, but sometimes if I have coffee in the afternoon I like to put something in it. It keeps for about a week in the fridge and is just coconut milk, coconut oil, and an egg.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I can't open the link right now (bizarre filter at work) but I will check it out later. It sounds interesting!

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Ooh! Vanilla. EVEN BETTER.

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4528 · January 04, 2011 at 2:56 PM

I use this creamer too - it's GREAT in coffee! I make mine with a can of coconut milk, a splash of vanilla and a raw egg, combined in the Vitamix.

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253 · January 06, 2011 at 1:24 PM

I think this is FANTASTIC. The best creamer alternative I've tried! Thanks!

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2387 · January 05, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Since I've started to add coconut milk instead of milk to my tea and coffee, it all tastes so much better. I have also developed a distaste for milk, at least in tea and coffee. Coconut milk rocks pretty hard.

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18701 · January 05, 2011 at 1:12 PM

It gets so thick sometimes it scares me! I need to find a good brand without a lot of added stuff and give it another shot.

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2269 · January 05, 2011 at 1:11 AM

On occasion the local Whole Foods has grass-fed heavy cream and I began to get into the habit of using that in my coffee, which led to a taste for half-and-half or cream latt??s from Starbucks ("Wait, you want a triple venti breve latt?? sir? Really?" "Really. Now."). Now I know SBUX uses cheap industrial milk and cream and maybe that was the cause of my problem below.

The chronic torso rash (aka Grover's Disease) I'd lost last summer and fall came back after I started doing this, and I also began to gain some weight back. This was all during a few months of heavy work travel. That's ended for the season so I'm doing the Whole30 thing this month. Really only eliminating all dairy and tubers. I also ate a lot of sweet potatoes during the past few months after never really eating them before. So it's probably one of the two.

But damn, I really miss that heavy Jersey cream! The grass-fed stuff was pale yellow and usually had a fantastic glob of butterfat floating at the top. omnomnom...

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10768 · January 05, 2011 at 1:29 AM

mmmm, Heavy Cream Breves at Freedom of Espresso in Syracuse, NY... they usually have local dairy on hand if you know to ask!

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18701 · January 05, 2011 at 1:32 AM

You just made my calorie counting little heart skip a beat! :O Sounds delish though! AFter my month without dairy, I may try to track down some grass-fed heavy cream!

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5232 · January 05, 2011 at 12:18 AM

As Robb Wolf said this week, butter is just shaken cream. It's a bit silly to okay one but not the other. Black or with cream those are the only ways to go.

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18701 · January 05, 2011 at 12:23 AM

I understand where you are coming from, but I know the butter is grassfed and quality. I only use about a tsp per day. I drink at least 3 cups of coffee per day and I don't have a source for raw or grassfed cream.

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3976 · January 04, 2011 at 3:54 PM

One thing you might want to keep in mind when doing an elimination diet is that if you eliminate more than one thing at a time and you have some health benefits, you might not know what what the culprit was. Anyway, good luck to you. Going GF can be really challenging because it's in so many things, but it's doable, especially if you prepare most of your own foods.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:57 PM

The gluten should be a permanent elimination. The dairy is the one I will probably add back in. Thank you!

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10768 · January 05, 2011 at 1:31 AM

Gluten has been OUT for me for a while, and dairy is not a daily thing, but I do have dairy 2-3 times a week. The forms with the least lactose, like cream, cheddar, and other hard cheeses appeal the most to me.

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5516 · January 04, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Since you said "I can drink it black, but unless the coffee is awesome, it's not a great option." I would advise drinking better coffee. I source my coffee beans from the farmer's market and drink organic at almost all times. Find a blend you like and stick to it.

If your only source of coffee is the crapateria at work then maybe you could bring in a cheap coffee pot and make some at your desk. Black coffee = awesome. Black nescafe (worst instant coffee ever) = death. Just like with meats, better coffee is better tasting.

See http://coffeegeek.com/ for information on all things coffee. Proper brewing/grinding/sourcing/water management is all important to taste. I'm a certified coffee maniac ;)

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Would you like to come be my personal barista, Jake? I have tried making coffee at work and it isn't ideal. The sink isn't even big enough to rinse out my teeny french press. I do know I need better coffee. I think I may work on that cold brewing idea.

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5516 · January 04, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Actually, another thing I like doing is putting cinnamon in black coffee. It tastes great, doesn't fill you up, is great for insulin, and makes not so great coffee taste quite good.

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5516 · January 04, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Cold brewing is a nice alternative. I have done it in my French press somewhat successfully. You mix the concentrate with some water and ice and it's pretty tasty.

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279 · January 04, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I still use milk - I don't have problem with drinking milk so I continue to use it.

For people that have problems with milk there is reason to look for alternatives - otherwise just enjoy your milk and don't worry about "strict paleo".

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Yeah, I don't think I have dairy issues, but I figured I'd do a one month elimination with it just to see what happens.

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279 · January 04, 2011 at 2:59 PM

I think that is great idea. I also did that for 2 weeks - but I had to give up coffee also as I can't drink it without milk.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:03 PM

OMG. That is not happening for me. I've tried and it's just not worth it. :p

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5949 · January 05, 2011 at 7:02 PM

When I buy coffee in town, I use half'n'half. At home, I use coconut milk (Thai Kitchen, organic.)

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5949 · April 10, 2013 at 11:04 PM

I totally don't do coconut milk in coffee any more. I now use the local organic pastured heavy cream.

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12174 · January 04, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Well, usually it's heavy cream with coffee, and that's it. I had a bit of an adding honey bender over the holiday season, but now I'm back to just organic heavy cream.

BUT, in the absence of dairy (though I know it's January, brrr), you could try your coffee - stir in your bit of honey first while it's hot, allow to cool, pour over ice (crushed ice might be best). Who knows? Might also turn out that adding coconut milk at the chilled stage may taste way better than adding coconut milk to hot coffee.

Alternative hot caffeinated drinking - green or black tea (honey optional).

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:57 PM

I do okay with the honey. I barely put a tsp in there and some of it is still left at the bottom when I finish the cup. My coffee needs to be hot right now! But I will be mixing up the iced coffee come summer. I do drink green tea too, but that one needs no dairy, so it's not an issue!

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1103 · January 04, 2011 at 3:47 PM

I have to say try the Coconut milk! I tried almond milk and it just didn't cut it for me (sorry). wasn't creamy enough, now I love the coconut milk. I think they all take a little getting used to. I used to go for the french vanilla chemical creamer all the time...no more.

http://www.purelydecadent.com/products/coconut_milk_beverage.html

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Yeah, I will give that one a try. I just hate buying the big container and then not liking it.

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13635 · January 04, 2011 at 2:52 PM

I take my coffee like John Wayne. Actually, giving up milk in coffee was one the toughest achievements for me on paleo.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:55 PM

LOL. Love it, Carl. I do sometimes drink it black, but it has to be fantastic coffee. I did skim milk plus splenda for YEARS which is pretty SAD. I can do this, but I think the coffee quality is key!

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10 · January 04, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Coconut and stevia is what I use...and a quality organic coffee bean which I grind myself :)

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Coconut milk? I worry that it will get too thick in the coffee. I tend to drink a big cup of coffee over several hours. I prefer local raw honey to stevia, but I don't use much.

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458 · January 04, 2011 at 2:12 PM

I use almond milk...you can make your own or get it from your local health food store

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:18 PM

I've used almond milk and it's okay, it sometimes changes the taste of the coffee. Also I know a lot of almond milk has a bunch of stuff in it that isn't great. I will do some label reading next time I am at Trader Joes.

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253 · January 04, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I made homemade almond milk once (it's a little laborious!) but it was thick and raw and great in my coffee.

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18701 · January 04, 2011 at 2:52 PM

I just got a food processor from Santa, but haven't tried it out yet.

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15 · August 05, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Unsweetened almond milk is my favorite. And I may be beating a dead horse here, but buy the best coffee you can afford.

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0 · August 05, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Come on folks....1-2 teaspoons of creme or sugar in a morning coffee is not going to change anything in your life or diet. Quit playing mind games.....enjoy a morning cup....unless it is 10 cups....!!

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877 · April 11, 2013 at 2:46 AM

Stevia goes in the cup of coffee when I order it. Liquid stevia is best because it stirs in quite nicely. Go for the alcohol free! I love NuNaturals brand.

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0 · April 10, 2013 at 10:02 PM

So far I have liked coconut milk better with cold coffee than with hot. Hot coffee is tricky!

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0 · April 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I have heard that drinking your coffee black is really hard on your stomach, and adding a fat source helps you digest it and neutralize the acids. Although I wasn't able to find a solid article to back this up- I had just heard it in different places. Maybe someone here can validate that for me? I'm going dairy/gluten free, too, and I hate sweetened non-dairy creamers! So far, I have tried coconut milk (it's ok), and I plan on trying to add a bit of ghee to the coconut milk next time to give it that subtle buttery taste that half and half gave me! I hear you have to blend the ghee ahead of time, or even blend it right into your coffee, since it doesn't stir in all that well. Another way I've heard is good is cocoa butter. Good luck and I'm right there with you trying to find a new way to drink my coffee :)

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17344 · December 01, 2011 at 2:20 AM

Coconut cream + coconut oil + cocoa powder. Sometimes add in some cinnamon, other times vanilla extract, other times a tiny drop of Torani Hazelnut or Almond syrup (but rarely due to sodium benzoate.)

Sometimes, but rarely a teaspoon of nutella.

I used to add stevia, but I'm used to non-sweet things now.

I love it with just cream, but I can't seem to find cream without caragean + I've issues with GERD when I do dairy, so I need to limit that a lot.

At work, I just have it black. One time I made the mistake of adding a couple of those creamer things in there (the liquid milk ones that have some chemical called DATEM or something) and a few hours later when I got home, I got some nasty muscle spasms in one toe on my right leg, then a few hours later, similar spams on my left leg. I had nothing else out of the ordinary that day, and never had it repeat, so it's highly likely it was the mini-moo or whatever that crap is called.

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0 · January 04, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Loved this blog thx for all these great ideas!! i specially enjoyed the "following my nose" blog.

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78422 · November 27, 2012 at 8:28 PM

cream and sugar. But then i substituted to organo cold as its healthy http://mycapturepage.com/cp23.php?id=470

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