When Two Distinctive Flavors Clash: Understanding the What and How of Coffee Yogurt

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Coffee aficionados love trying different additions to their beverage to improve their morning joe. From adding an egg, salt, and condensed milk to soaking coffee beans in wine overnight, a javaphile will not leave any stone unturned to enjoy their coffee in unique ways. However, what many people are not aware of is the underappreciated combination of yogurt in coffee. A dollop of Siggi’s vanilla-flavored yogurt, Fage Greek yogurt, or Chobani coconut-blended Greek yogurt, can change your relationship with the most popular morning beverage for good. When you add yogurt to coffee, it completely blends in your hot coffee and results in a suspension, leading to an unfiltered texture and look.

The mix of yogurt and coffee is not unusual. People in Vietnam have consumed this beverage for decades, a trend that has caught on with coffee drinkers outside Southeast Asia as well. Vietnam holds a unique place in the coffee world as it is the second largest coffee producer and exporter in the world. The beverage is a way of life there and finds its origins in the French colonization. The creamy and rich concoction of the two topped with fermented sticky rice and fruits is a joy all coffee yogurt lovers can vouch for.

Delving Deeper Into Yogurt Coffee

Are you addicted to black coffee? Then it may be time to get creative with your drink. Here is everything you need to know before experimenting with yogurt in your beverage.

You may think adding yogurt to coffee is a strange, if not outright disagreeable idea, and in the beginning, dislike the sour milk taste in your plain black coffee. However, for many people, the combination leads to a strong and refreshing morning beverage.

Facts About Yogurt Coffee

  1. Yogurt is a milky liquid that is fermented until healthy bacteria come out of it. Fruits, sugar, or other flavors are added to it in a bid to make the sour taste acceptable.
  2. Yogurt contains vitamin A, fats, carbohydrates, folic acid, thiamine, mineral calcium, and other nutrients that boost energy and the body’s metabolism.
  3. Mixing yogurt with coffee is completely safe and no complications have been reported so far.
  4. The most important fact is that the combination of yogurt and coffee is the same as drinking coffee with milk. However, coffee yogurt will have healthier bacteria.
  5. People who are lactose intolerant can also have yogurt coffee by using lactose-free yogurt or non-dairy yogurt. However, those interested in using yogurt made out of dairy should only enjoy the novel drink after taking a prescribed medicine from their healthcare provider that aids in the digestion of milk.

Coffee Yogurt Recipe

  1. Start with blending ice chips in a blender.
  2. Pour the blended ice chips into a pitcher.
  3. Blend the yogurt and add condensed milk, coconut milk, and some drops of lemon juice.
  4. Pour the complete mixture into the pitcher.
  5. Grind your roasted coffee beans and brew fresh coffee.
  6. Place the brewed coffee in a refrigerator or freezer and allow it to cool.
  7. Add cold coffee to the ice chips, yogurt, and milk mixture in the pitcher.
  8. You can also add more vanilla or milk if you like.
  9. Pour the coffee into a glass and enjoy your beverage.

This coffee frozen yogurt recipe will only entail freezing the beverage overnight or adding ice cubes to it. If you do not have ice ready in your kitchen, commercial ice makers will come to your rescue. Additionally, to ease the coffee-making process for you, there are several coffee machines available to choose from. The coffee used to make yogurt coffee does not kill any of its healthy bacteria as the temperature of the coffee will not cross 100 degrees Celsius. It is critical to maintain the beverage under this temperature so as to preserve these bacteria in the yogurt to aid digestion and kill unhealthy bacteria found in the gut.

You can easily prepare a yogurt coffee concoction by yourself at any time. You can also experiment with your favorite cake by adding coffee and yogurt to it.

Can You Substitute Yogurt with Coffee Creamer?

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Adding yogurt to your coffee adds a milky and creamy texture, along with good bacteria, to the beverage. You can easily substitute this with coffee creamer. If you like to consume your coffee plain, then you may not like the taste of yogurt in it. Many people also prefer the yogurt coffee smoothie.

Some people believe that to achieve optimal digestion, you should only pair food items that have similar pH levels or digesting times and some feel yogurt and milk should not be blended. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove this, and in reality, are only subject to preferences.

Not everyone knows that coffee and yogurt make a great combination. Any dairy product pairs well with milk, aromatic beans, cream, and yogurt. Yogurt’s living bacteria strengthen your digestive system and aid in better absorption of nutrients.  If you suffer from gastritis, constipation, or any other digestive sickness, a refreshing cup of yogurt coffee every morning can work wonders. What could be your wholesome breakfast in a rush is topping your coffee-flavored yogurt with grated nuts or granola for added fiber.

Health Benefits of Yogurt Coffee

  1. Coffee yogurt improves digestion.
  2. It promotes immunity.
  3. The combination is also healthy for the heart.
  4. It reduces the chances of type-2 diabetes.
  5. The beverage helps burn fat.
  6. It improves brain activity and physical functions.
  7. Coffee is a remedy to treat common medical issues like general weakness, bruises, or wheezing.

Coffee is better when combined with specific foods. According to research, the average American consumes coffee with cream, sugar, or sugar alternatives and most of them have coffee at least once a week with 62% drinking it every day. In the year 2018-2019, consumers in the US purchased 27.16 million bags containing 60 kilograms of coffee each. Storage is critical when you go the extra mile to prepare your drink and this is when bar equipment plays a crucial role in the kitchen.

What Should You Not Add to Your Yogurt Coffee?

  1. Artificial sweeteners, flavored creams, and refined sugars should not be added to coffee as they result in obesity, heart diseases, and diabetes. Added sugars with refined grains and starchy vegetables contribute to 42% of the average American’s daily calorie intake. 
  2. Do not add onion or mango to yogurt as it can result in skin troubles, diarrhea, acidity, and toxins in the body.

A Word of Caution for People with Stomach Problems

However, you must know that consuming milk and yogurt together can occasionally lead to poor health as yogurt is fermented. While kitchen experiments are fun, it is best to avoid certain combinations because their mix can result in major gastrointestinal problems. If you have stomach bloating or cramps, it is often due to a bad food combination. Make sure to consult your healthcare provider if you experience any negative symptoms after consuming coffee yogurt.

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