Kick Me in the Pick-Me-Up: Coffee Recipes for that Extra Edge

| August 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Kick Me in the Pick-Me-Up Coffee Recipes for that Extra EdgeAs everyone knows, coffee contains caffeine, a natural stimulant. It makes sense to add ingredients that “spike” the edge caffeine provides. Look for ingredients that have high levels of caffeine for a kick me in the pick-me-up coffee break.

Chicory Coffee

Ingredients

  • Dried chicory root
  • Ground coffee
  • Fresh cold water
    • Add cream and sugar to taste

For this recipe, you will need a supply of dried chicory root. You can find chicory growing wild in many places. To identify wild chicory, look for plants about two feet high with bright green leaves and small blue flowers that resemble small mums. You can also purchase it from health food stores.

The ratio of dried chicory root to ground coffee is three to one for coffee brewed in a pot, or one half teaspoon per cup. Chicory should be brewed at the same time as coffee. Though there may not be a noticeable difference in the flavor of the coffee, chicory is high in antioxidants like phenol. Phenol has well-known benefits to the heart, lungs, and veins.

Mocha Coffee for a Double Pick-Me-Up

Ingredients:

  • Cocoa or carob powder
  • Ground coffee
  • Cinnamon

To make an eight cup pot of mocha coffee, measure four coffee scoops and two scoops of cocoa or carob powder blended these ingredients with one half teaspoon of cinnamon. For a single cup coffee maker, add cocoa or carob and cinnamon to the cup before pouring coffee.

Chocolate has a reduced amount of caffeine, depending on the quality and grade of the cocoa powder, while carob contains theobromine—a relative of caffeine—that has been shown to have beneficial effects even in trace amounts.

Campfire Coffee Recipes

Want to know a few secrets to making a good cup of campfire coffee? There are lots of recipes for making coffee in a plain pot over a campfire or for your camping coffee pot. Try a few varieties to see what suits your taste the best. Here are a few …

Choose cocoa or cacao nibs with higher levels of caffeine to add to coffee. Note that a cup of cocoa contains about 12 milligrams of caffeine. Cocoa originates from cacao beans which are ground to a powder and added to many recipes and beverages.

The health properties of cocoa are similar to that of coffee. However, darker cocoa powders have greater health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and improved blood flow.

A Quick Way to an Extra Edge

One healthful way to turn a cup of coffee into a boost to your energy is to blend your favorite energy drink with your coffee.

Ingredients:

  • Ground coffee
  • Energy drinks in powdered form
  • Dash of nutmeg to taste

Add energy drink powder and nutmeg to ground coffee. Brew in coffee maker as usual. If you need a quick pick-me-up, you can always us a k-cup from a supplier like 11th Street Coffee, and add in energy drink powder after it’s brewed. Nutmeg is rich in Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C and antioxidants that reduce dangerous free radicals.

Nothing is stopping you from having your coffee simply straight black, but if you need an extra kickstart to your morning, or just want to try something new, why not give one of these recipes a try?

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