I never really got coffee. I mean, I understand that some people want to be wide awake for most of the day. But I was never really into that when I was younger. Sleepy eyes was the thing for me. Who needs alertness? Not this guy. Also, the bitterness. Oh god, the bitterness.
But now that I’ve been reading up on all the benefits that coffee gives you outside of that annoying awareness. Of course, being older now and with a job and multiple projects being juggled, I can now see the benefits of not napping your life away.
Here’s hoping I can keep the keep the floodgates in check, but I have to admit. I few days without coffee after drinking it consistently sure can mess you up.
So with that said, I’ve rounded up some of the weirder coffee I’ve come across as I’ve searched for that perfect cup.
1) Cat Poop Coffee (Kopi Luwak) – This one makes the the internet rounds every year or so. Coffee beans are collected after they’ve passed through the digestive track of a Asian palm civet. Proponents of the coffee believe it’s the bomb in two main ways: Selection – the cat-like creature picks only the best coffee berries to eat (best in who’s eyes I ask) and Digestion – the process of eating, digesting, and pooping out the coffee beans shorten peptides and creates more free amino acids which apparently does something great to the taste. Though I think this is sold more through story than actually tasting better.
2) Bulletproof Coffee – The creator of this coffee claims that it will boost your brain power and your energy levels. And it contains 2/3 of a stick of butter. Unsalted butter. Oh no, nothing as disgusting as salted butter in your coffee, don’t worry. The creator discovered the possibilities of this cup of joe while climbing 18,000 feet in elevation near Mt. Kailash in Tibet. Exhausted, someone handed him a cup of yak butter tea and I assume he nearly burst out of his clothes Popeye style. And so another westerner came back to America with the fabled healing powers of Eastern traditions. And butter.
3) Egg Coffee* – Egg coffee seems to come from Scandinavian immigrants settling in the U.S. So tradition gets the big ol’ blame on this one. The egg isn’t dropped into hot coffee like you first imagine upon hearing the name. That’s because it would just be a poached egg in coffee. And that sounds not so great. Rather, the egg is mixed with the coffee grounds then the coffee is made. The extra protein seems to make for a clearer cup of coffee though I don’t know why you would need clearer coffee. Also, no idea what it does to the taste.
4) Boss Coffee – Okay, so this one isn’t as weird. It’s just canned coffee from Japan. But canned coffee seems to be a sacrilege here in the states. Especially from regular coffee drinkers which tends to be everyone. But, for me, canned coffee has been the only coffee I can stand the taste of. Yes, it’s watered down and overly sweet, but those are the things I like about it. And I will grab one every once in a while. I chose Boss for this list item just because I like the name, the logo is cool, and Tommy Lee Jones is a spokesman for them.
*Hat-tip to Alex for getting the idea rolling with the egg coffee link she sent me.