You don’t have to know me for long to realize that I have a deep-seated affection for coffee. It began in college, when a classmate introduced me to her favorite drink from a national coffee chain. I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker, but I loved that drink, and I was in the store more often than not. Forget the drive-thru; I wanted to walk in and be wrapped in the warm aroma of roasted coffee beans. The baristas all knew me by name, and before long, I applied for a job and happily wore that green apron for more than four years. Even my car smelled like coffee if I would leave my work apron in my car when I went to class directly following my shift. I loved the fast-paced, high-energy environment, and most of all I enjoyed the people I met and loved to surprise and delight my regulars by knowing their name and their favorite drink and having it ready before they even ordered it.
I especially loved the training to become a “coffee master,” which involved tasting and sampling each whole bean variety that the store offered, learning about the regions where it was grown, and stamping my “passport” each time I sampled a different one (about once a week or so, depending on what we were featuring). I have work experience in a variety of industries, but outside of Young Living, it’s the one I enjoyed the most and occasionally wish there was a store in our area, because I’d happily go back to the workforce!
Bottom line, I love coffee.
I like it simple, and I like it fancy.
I like it hot, and I like it cold.
I like a full-strength, deep-bodied dark-roast, and I like a light blonde roast – even decaf.
I like it spicy and slightly sweet, and I want to taste the coffee more than the flavoring.
I will always add or order extra cream, so that the color is a few shades off tan.
When I go to a coffee shop, I usually skip the latte and go for a cold brew or iced coffee, but not before checking to see what they’ve got on tap in the way of a good old-fashioned cup of joe. If they’ve got a brewed coffee blend I haven’t tried, I’ll always sample it and if they’ve got something with maple or pecan notes in it – fill my cup! (Besides, a brewed coffee makes a coffee shop visit much easier on the budget than a $5-$6 fancy sweet drink – and those drinks are usually more milk than coffee anyway)
And since we live in a somewhat rural city with minimal coffee options, I enjoy making it myself. Our local coffee shop is adorable and they also have the very best breakfast and lunch offerings I’ve ever eaten. I love it, but I don’t get to go in too often because I try not to haul in there with kids and pushing a wheelchair through the gift shop. My next favorite option is about 30 minutes from my door, and does require some planning as far as child care and weekend/evening availability to be able to pack up to go spend a couple hours writing or working or meeting with a friend.
So what’s a coffee lover to do? I decided to bring the barista skills home and make it myself! Earlier this year for my birthday, I asked my husband for an espresso machine. I did the research, found a relatively inexpensive countertop DeLonghi espresso machine on Amazon that ticked all the boxes for what I needed. I did a little shopping for accessories, and cute little to-go cups so that I could bless my friends with a fancy coffee treat when they came over, and then I started shopping for syrups.
Being the health conscious type, I really do try to avoid sugar. The problem is, when you go looking for sugar-free syrups, you find a lot of sucralose lurking in the other options, and that’s probably even worse than the real sugar. I still bought a couple popular flavors – vanilla and caramel, and also purchased caramel and chocolate sauce. But guys, it only takes like 3 pumps of syrup to add 20-something carbs to your drink! No thanks! And then, I had a brain-wave. I already enjoyed using my Young Living Vitality Oils to flavor my brewed coffee – so why not my espresso drinks?! I replaced the syrups with oils, and with organic stevia or monkfruit as sweetener options. And do you know what I accomplished? I found that my drinks had a very balanced coffee flavor with slight hints of spices or peppermint, without being overly sweet. I also prefer to minimize the amount of dairy that I consume, so I use unsweetened almond milk in my steaming pitcher with just a bit of heavy cream (because it makes a better foam when you steam it).
In the mornings, I drink bulletproof coffee. I usually make myself an iced coffee or cold brew to take in the car to pick up my kids from school (because having a drink in my hand keeps me from pulling into Sonic!). And sometimes in an evening when I am working late, I enjoy a cup of decaf brewed coffee – usually simpler with just sweetener and cream. During the rest of the day, I drink water, water, and more water.
I just thought I’d share with you some of my favorite recipes that I make on the regular. Oh, and if you’re on the keto wagon, you’re in luck – all of these are low carb! Please remember to always enjoy your Vitality oils from a glass or stainless steel container, and to use either a stainless steel or silicone straw. No plastic, and NO styrofoam – unless you want a mess on your desk! NOTE: I prefer to add my oils and sweetener to my glass before pouring the coffee!
Earlier this month I shared my Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew iced coffee. In that recipe, I blended five of my favorite Vitality oils in an empty 5ml bottle to create that fall spiced flavor that lot of us love this time of year. Here are a few other favorites!
Sweet Mint Iced Coffee
– 2 drops Spearmint Vitality essential oil
– 12oz unsweetened black cold brew
– stevia or monk fruit if desired
– heavy cream or cold foam (steam heavy cream just enough to create foam but not heat the milk)
– fill with ice to volume
Peppermint Mocha (hot or iced)
– 1 drop Peppermint Vitality essential oil
– stevia or monk fruit to taste
– 12oz black coffee – hot or cold brew
– 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, stirred
– heavy cream
– ice, for bold brew coffees.
– optional: sprinkle the top with unsweetened cocoa powder
Cinnamon Dolce latte:
– 2 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality
– 1 drop Nutmeg Vitality
– 1-2 espresso shots
– 8oz steamed milk or non-dairy milk of choice
(I use unsweetened almond milk with a splash of heavy cream)
– stevia or monk fruit to taste
– sprinkle ground cinnamon on top of foam
In a mug, add the following:
– Vitality oil of choice (My usual picks: Nutmeg or Thieves Vitality)
– Stevia or monkfruit to taste
– 12 oz brewed coffee
– heavy cream
In a ninja bullet blender, add these ingredients
– 1 Tbsp MCT oil
– 1 Tbsp Kerrygold unsalted butter
(note: if you are new to bulletproof coffee, start with 1 tsp of MCT & butter)
– add whatever extras you want here: I add Zint collagen peptides; and occasionally, MegaCal from YL.
– pour in about 6oz of brewed coffee from your mug (Ninja blender cup should only be about half full)
– blend 10-15 seconds and add this mixture back into your coffee mug.
Or…just keep it simple. Pop a K-cup in that brewer, add an oil and your cream/sweetener if you prefer and keep rollin.
Not a coffee drinker?? Well…you’re missing out, but we love ya anyway. And in fact, if you’re a tea drinker, I highly recommend checking out Oola Tea. They have many varieties and each one has a suggested essential oil to pair with it.
So…what’s your favorite way to drink your joe? I’d love to hear your favorite oily coffee recipes!