I'm going to be making the switch to mostly paleo living (after years of swapping back and forth between SAD) and I'm sure I'm going to have a million questions.. First one is about coconut milk in my coffee. Do you just use canned coconut milk (full fat/lite) in place of milk or creamer? I just can't seem to do the black coffee thing.. And how do you store what's remaining in the can? How long does it keep? Thanks for the help and support!!
I love coffee and I love Coconut Milk but I really don't recommend having them together.
Organic cream is healthy and tastes so good in coffee! Any decent coffee shop will be able to offer an Espresso Con Panna (even if its not on the menu).
Also, consider enjoying a fresh black coffee, ditch the complexities and enjoy the simple, natural taste. Start on a medium roast filter coffee, then before you know it, you will be adventuring into a double espresso in no time :)
I think there are plenty of people who just use coconut milk (full fat!) or creamed coconut in their milk, no other cream or sugar. (I don't- another heavy cream user, sorry!)
But regarding the rest of the can, I can tell you this- don't store it in the can. Most of us pour it out into a glass or plastic jar. I use a glass pint-sized mason jar. It keeps in the fridge for a couple weeks generally. You can open up the jar and give it a BIG whiff- if it smells funky or "off," dump it out! It will smell funny before anything starts growing on it.
I've used Wilderness Family Natural's coconut cream - it is a fully emulsified liquid with no additives, comes in a tetra pack with a small opening like a juice box. Nice and thick like heavy cream at room temperature, and you can even whip it up just like whipped cream. It's awesome.
My morning coffee is my favorite part of my day, literally. It's the last thing I think about before I fall asleep and what gets me out of bed in the morning! I'm not crazy about coconut milk in my coffee, and if I was just going to use cream on its own I would end up using several tablespoons per cup and I try to avoid that. So here's what I do: Pour a tall mug of black coffee, then pour it directly into the blender. Add one 1/2 tablespoon of pastured full-fat cream and 1/2 tablespoon of raw extra virgin coconut oil (I use Nutiva.) Blend for 1 minute. I actually usually do two mugs of coffee, 1T cream, 1T coconut oil at once for two cups. Super fast, simple, DELICIOUS and it keeps me full for hours; I don't have my first meal until about 2PM (an hour post-workout.)
Seriously, try it. Just make sure to adequately blend it to keep the coconut oil from seeming, well, oily.
I use coconut milk in my coffee, as dairy isn't an option for me at the moment. All the "dairy tastes better, just use that" suggestions are great... if you can handle the dairy.
You get used to it. I still prefer the taste of dairy milk in coffee, but the coconut is certainly better than black.
I've used both canned and homemade coconut milk. Canned works better, IMO - the homemade is too thin. At the moment, I just blend coffee with a few teaspoons of shredded coconut, and that works well (pour through a strainer if you don't want the fibery bits in your coffee).
Sometimes I use grassfed heavy cream, but I do like coconut milk also. I get Golden Star coconut milk from Wal Mart- it is cheap and has no additives! I just scoop out the cream from the top, and I either chuck the water or use it in a smoothie- I find that it waters down my coffee if I include the water. This recipe is great too- http://followingmynose.blogspot.com/2010/10/primal-non-dairy-coffee-creamer.html It's dairy free and delish!
A small tab of heavy cream is going to be better than coconut milk which never worked for me. I drink way too much coffee and it has to be cream or I wait till I can. Even drinking superior coffee I still like my hit of cream. Coc milk seems to separate and look oily.
Coconut cream in coffee is my favourite part about paleo, hands down!
I use concentrated coco cream which is great, and fills me up, so I don't always have to eat a big breakfast in the morning. http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/coconut_cream_concentrate.htm
This stuff is great too, although only lasts about 2 days max. Basically, if you use this your going to want to make a smoothie that day too. http://www.philamfood.com/AROY-D-COCONUT-CREAM-33.8OZ.html