9.16.2020

How to Make Healthy Coffee

Just like I believe in a daily green smoothie, I also believe in a daily ritual of healthy coffee to kick start the day.

a brand new healthy coffee recipe for energy without the crash

Just like I believe in a daily green smoothie, healthy coffee is also a daily ritual I firmly believe in to kickstart my day. This coffee recipe isn’t just a caffeine boost, but an opportunity to infuse a variety of health benefits into your daily routine. Not all coffee is created equal… and it starts with the beans. 

glass jug full of green smoothie next to a french press full of coffee on a marble slab

Sourcing the right coffee beans

I learned a lot about beans, as well as the impact they can have on farmers, soil and health benefits from Raj Jana, founder of JavaPresse, a small-batch coffee company. Let’s take a deeper dive into what I learned from Raj. He gave some awesome ways for us to get the most out of our daily cup of coffee by making it even healthier. 

A hot mug of coffee isn’t just any drink for most of us—it’s the launch pad for each day. And yet, we often treat our morning coffee like an indulgent treat, rather than an opportunity to start each day with a healthy, life-enhancing habit.

Healthy coffee environmental certifications

There are a few environmental certifications you can look for to ensure your coffee’s grown naturally. These certifications use strict standards about what kinds of chemicals can be used, which makes them a safe bet:

  • Certified Organic
  • Bird-Friendly
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • UTZ Certified

There is a potential downside to only sticking with Certified Organic coffee, however. Most coffee farms don’t have enough financial security to invest in that particular certification, since it can be costly for small, rural businesses. By only buying Certified Organic beans, you may unknowingly penalize incredible farmers, because they can’t afford the certification. If there’s a local roaster you want to support, call them and ask how their coffee is grown + sourced. While they may not have the certification on their beans, their farmers may be following great practices that are worth supporting!

photo of whole, roasted coffee beans ready for a healthy coffee recipe

A balanced, healthy coffee recipe

Now that I’ve got the right beans for my coffee, let’s talk about what goes into that ‘perfect cup.’ For me, it’s a mix of moderation and using high quality ingredients. This healthy cup of coffee gives me stable energy, mental clarity, helps flush out my system and also keeps my skin glowing.

The recipe I use is quite radical for a cup of joe sorta person. It requires a blender (yes, blender), as well as a few niche products found through Amazon and the local grocery store.

The blender emulsifies the grass-fed butter and coconut oil, creating a creamy and frothy drink with a boost of beneficial fats. It’s inspired by Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee, who originally introduced me to this incredible coffee recipe.

Lately, I have been upgrading it EVEN more with grass-fed collagen powder. I think once you hit your 30s and the grey hairs start popping up, it’s time to take aging seriously. So I’m investing in my longevity with high-quality collagen and loads of healthy fats— which is exactly what this coffee recipe is all about.

If you’re a decaf person, then I recommend using Dandy Blend, as it is the best coffee alternative out there, in my opinion. I’m in LOVE with this stuff! It’s caffeine free, gluten free and delicious. I seriously don’t even realize I’m not drinking coffee, it’s so similar.

Healthy coffee morning routine

Along with my cup of coffee, I’m also trying to be more intentional with my entire morning routine. Enjoying a cup of coffee while reading a good book has been a recent experience for me. Right now I’m reading Rachel Hollis’ book, Girl Wash Your Face and feel like she’s been inside my head and talking right to me. You should read it if you want a good laugh and good “wake up and start living your life” pep talk from a new friend.

Back to my point: Your morning mug can be so much more flavorful, rewarding, and healthy (if you choose to embrace it!)  Here are some tips on how you can do it:

ground coffee close up on a spoon, with ground and whole bean coffee ready for a coffee recipe

1. Keep your coffee simple

I used to say “I like coffee with my half and half,” which was the truth. I would pour in the cream to make the coffee less bitter, as well as much creamier. Over the years, I transitioned from love for cream, to grass-fed butter in my coffee… and the results are where it’s at! Removing super-processed dairy from my coffee has not only helped with tummy troubles, but also acne and bloating. And the extra dose of healthy fats keep me satiated, because the creamy coffee kick starts my digestive system.

Maybe dairy isn’t your thing… maybe it’s sweetener. Well, it’s time to remove the sweeteners, because they are creating artificial energy at the sake of leaching nutrients from your body. It’s a short term win (happy energy) for a long term loss (weight gain, nutrient deficiencies). Try adding a dash of cinnamon or ground vanilla bean to naturally sweeten it.

Or, maybe even try drinking black coffee. According to Raj, this is the BEST way to get the most out of a cup of coffee. And yes, there is a way to do it without gagging from the bitterness or harsh acidic bite. Here’s how:

Buy specialty coffee and then brew it the right way. A good specialty-grade bean ground fresh and made in a french press—bitterness? Gone. Gross acidity? Gone. It’s incredibly balanced, as well as full of flavor on its own. No additives necessary.

miniature sized french. press full of healthy coffee on marble slab tray

2. Buy from the right farms and roasters

Not all coffee is grown equally. Buy from roasters who work with farmers focused on quality and sustainability. Did you know…

  • Commercial coffee is heavily treated with chemicals at the farm level
  • For a 100% pesticide-free coffee, buy from farmers obsessed with environmental sustainability

To ensure his beans are naturally grown and healthy as can be, Raj only sources coffees from farmers as excited about sustainability as he is—and they are almost always certified by an environmental organization.

By the time coffee beans have been extracted from the coffee cherry, roasted, and brewed into rich coffee, there’s hardly any chemical residue left from pesticides. However, especially with low-grade commercial coffee, many of the pesticides being used abroad are actually banned in the United States. This means there’s always a small chance you could be negatively impacted if one of these chemicals finds its way to your beans.

You can easily avoid this risk though, just by buying naturally grown coffee.

overhead shot of poured cup of healthy coffee, with french press, various succulents, and the corner of a book also seen

3. Go with the lighter roast

Light and dark roast coffees are both full of healthy nutrients. Yet you reap slightly more benefits from coffees on the lighter side. To get the maximum health benefits, opt for a light to medium roast when picking your next coffee instead of a darker Vienna or French roast.

Research has shown that light roasts have 10-15% more chlorogenic acid concentration than dark roasts. This means this lighter coffee has a greater ability to reduce inflammation and maximize the efficiency of antioxidants. So while light roasts have only slightly more antioxidants than dark roasts, your body uses them more efficiently when paired with those chlorogenic acids.

overhead shot of a cup of coffee, with a block of butter and a used butter knife, loose whole coffee beans, and greenery

Healthy alternatives to morning coffee

What if coffee just isn’t your thing? I totally get it. I actually have a few other great morning drink recipes to start the day off strong:


How do you start your morning? I’d love for you to leave a comment with your fav morning routine + drink. Also, let me know if you’ve tried this healthy coffee!

 

How to Make Healthy Coffee

Using a french press coffee system allows you to effectively extract essential oils from your favorite beans and deliver bold flavor into each cup of healthy coffee.
5 from 34 votes
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Jen Hansard

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp coarse ground coffee beans
  • 1 tsp MCT Oil
  • 2 tbsp grass-fed butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop collagen powder - optional

Instructions

  • Grind the coffee at a coarse setting just before brewing to preserve the freshness and flavors and pour into french press.
  • Heat water to boiling, then pour it over the grounds in the french press.
  • Start a stopwatch. After one minute, take a spoon and gently submerge the grounds that have formed a ‘crust’ on the surface.
  • After four minutes, press down the plunger. Pour brewed coffee in to glass/metal blender container.
  • Gently add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Drink warm and enjoy the healthy fat and protein goodness!

Notes

  • Standard pre-ground coffee is generally too fine for french press brewing and may get stuck in the mesh filter, creating a lot of resistance when you try to plunge.
  • Regular brewed coffee can be used as the base if you don't have a french press.
  • After plunging the filter, make sure to decant all the coffee—otherwise it will slowly continue to brew and become bitter within the press.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. kd says:

    5 stars
    Love the recipe! Where did you get the coffee press?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Yay for coffee! The press is the Bodum Caffettiera French Press, which you can find at a lot of local retailers – including Target! 🙂

  2. Grace says:

    May I ask the purpose of using a glass/metal blender container? My Vitamix container is hard plastic. Will this combination of ingredients be harmful to the container? Also what would be the substitution for the grass-fed butter? Thank you. 🙂

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Awesome questions Grace! The glass or metal blender container would be due to the blending of hot liquids. Over time, blending hot liquids in plastic can lead to a breakdown of the plastic and chemicals from that plastic leaking into your food. To be fair though, it would have to be a LOT of blending over a long period of time. 😉 And you can totally swap out the grass-fed butter for additional coconut oil (not additional MCT oil), ghee, shea butter or cocoa butter.

  3. Kat B. says:

    After learning from you guys about adding healthy fat to my coffee, I can’t believe the amazing changes I’ve seen in my skin. I always thought of my morning cup of coffee as an unhealthy habit. Thanks for helping me see that it can be beneficial!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      A good morning routine is a great way to start the day and it’s awesome coffee can be a part of that!

  4. Kim says:

    5 stars
    I love this recipe because it keeps me going all morning!

  5. Dani says:

    5 stars
    I’m just completing the 21-day cleanse and was trying to decide how to bring coffee back in a healthier way. And then I found this! I haven’t used collagen before, yet I do want to try this. Does the collagen alter the taste or texture of the coffee?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Not at all! You won’t even notice it’s in your morning joe. 🙂

  6. Amanda says:

    5 stars
    This recipe helps me keep my energy up all day without having to reach for cup after cup!

  7. Erin says:

    5 stars
    I started drinking coffee during our safer at home order, and LOVE drinking it this way! I add a bit of vanilla extract, but this is super creamy and actually filling!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That sounds like a great routine to help keep a sense of normalcy in life. This recipe is delicious, isn’t it?! 🙂

  8. Samuel Deavers says:

    One of the simple pleasures of life. Your passion for coffee beams through in your easy to read article. Thank you!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So glad you liked this post, Samuel! We are obviously big-time coffee fans over here at SGS. 😀

  9. Jan says:

    Love my French press! Use it every morning for me and my Hubby! Trying to kick the cream habit. Cashew cream comes pretty close. I like the cinnamon idea. Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      We so love cashew cream here at SGS!! It really is so delicious, so glad that you love it too!!

  10. Sara B says:

    5 stars
    My coffee used to be sweet enough to be dessert. A few years ago, I decided to cut sugar out. Now, I’d like to cut the dairy out and stop using half and half. I can’t wait to try this new way of drinking my morning coffee and learn how to enjoy it black. Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Sara,

      That is so great you cut out sugar! I know you will be able to do the same with dairy too.

      Let us know how you like your morning coffee with this new recipe!

      Cheers!

  11. Susannah S says:

    5 stars
    I use a French press.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      They’re great for making the perfect cup, aren’t they?!

  12. Julie says:

    I look forward to my one cup of cappuccino every morning and can’t do without it! I used to make my coffee in a French press but now use a Bialetti espresso maker and a hand-held whip to foam up my half and half.

  13. Corina Thorne says:

    I use a Keurig when in a rush with a re-usable k-cup. The best way is with a french press and the best coffee I have found I found in the Dominican when I was there.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I love that you use a reusable k-cup, Corina. I bet the local coffee in the Dominican is just awesome. 🙂

  14. Cathy McCra says:

    Excited to try this system. I have a Kurig, I fill it with water, pop in a pod, and drink it black. I LOVE my morning coffee! That is my current coffee routine. Warm Regards, Cathy

  15. Cheri McVay says:

    I’m excited about trying coffee this way. I adore coffee and have struggled to adapt my coffee palate after going “green” following my 21 day cleanse with Jen. I used to use sugary flavored creamer, but now I’m sugar-free and processed food free among other things.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s so awesome, Cheri! This coffee is delicious and if you’re missing a little sweetness, add a dash of cinnamon or a bit of pure vanilla extract. 😀

  16. Rosanna says:

    5 stars
    When we went to Costa Rica,we toured a coffee bean farm.They actually do this recipe in a carafe too,the only difference is they pour the coffee in a “coffee sock”what we know here is the “pour over”.Their coffee was organic,smooth and mouth watering delicious,and without cream or sugar.Ive been making our coffee like that since.

  17. Colleen says:

    I drink coffee from my keirig.. And use flavored creamer…would love to get away from all the sugar…

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      This recipe is great for that, Colleen! Def give it a try. 🙂

  18. Dani says:

    I’m a pretty boring coffee drinker, regular coffee maker, regular coffee and drink it plain! Thank you for the opportunity!

  19. Paul Daukas says:

    I love having my fresh brewed coffee early afternoon while reading a book. What is a little unusual is that I add ground up flax seeds to get my omega-3’s !!

    Thank you…. Paul

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s unusual for sure but is a great way to add healthy fats!

  20. manda shank says:

    I just got an aeropress but I think using a chemex makes my favorite at home cup of coffee. Thanks!

  21. wilma Miller says:

    would love to find and try coffee that is less acidic – I drink 3 cups a day most days, but begin to get sores in my mouth from all the acid – I use my french press to froth my coffee into a latte – coffee, milk, honey, collagen, coconut oil and inulin, sometimes MCT oil – pump the handle up and down until its frothy! The only way I like coffee.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That sounds good, Wilma! If you’re getting sores in your mouth (sounds painful!), maybe aim to drink 1-2 cups a day instead of 3. 🙂

  22. Jessica says:

    We LOVE our French Press! Our guests are always so impressed with the coffee we make them that we’ve inspired many of our friends and family members to purchase ones for themselves! We sorta feel like French Press ambassadors sometimes… 🙂

    My favorite way to enjoy that morning cup is to add in a little black strap molasses, almond milk & cinnamon, or sometimes I’ll just stir in a spoonful of full-fat coconut milk. SO DELICIOUS!

  23. Nagahyah says:

    5 stars
    Right now I just brew it in a regular Coffee Maker but after reading this information I will be getting a French Press maker and different coffee. I will thank the person who sent me to your site.
    Thanks for offering this great prize!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s great, Nagahyah! Hope you enjoy your french press.

  24. Cynthia says:

    I’m a coffee snob at heart. Although normally I’m left with a coffeemaker that makes ugggghh coffee and I fill it with creamer to mask the flavor. The one time I had some beautiful coffee by itself was from one of my professor’s who roasted coffee beans as a hobby and by golly was it delicious no cream or sugar. I hope I can find that again because I’m tired of crap coffee!!!

  25. Sarah says:

    My favorite way is pour over but most days I use my Keurig because I have three busy kids 6, 3 & 1!

  26. Heather says:

    I love to add just a bit of local honey to my coffee. 🙂

  27. Kate says:

    4 stars
    I love my french press, we use it as a treat for the weekend. I add a little cinamon, grassfed butter and MTC added, shake in a mason to make my morning “late.”

  28. Lindsay says:

    Nespresso with Cinnamon and Half and Half. Or an Americano with the same!!
    Wish I had time for a French Roast!

  29. My morning routine is freshly ground coffee (organic) in a Moka pot on the stove. I steam whole milk and add to coffee at 50/50 ratio and add a scant spoon of raw sugar. I thoroughly enjoy the time of this ritual. The days I do not have time and miss, having to just grab a drip coffee cup is a day that isn’t as great. I would love to try a burr grinder and see the difference!

  30. Jennifer Perron says:

    I don’t have a French press, so I haven’t tried that yet, but I love my coffee. I don’t drink it for it’s caffeine-necessarily. I love to sit and hug with my coffee cup in the morning for a about 15 minutes while I wake up. I drink it at night too. We’re BFFs. I switched to half-caff about 10 years ago, so I could drink it at night. Coffee and me….we’re like peas and carrots. 🙂 Thanks Jen Hansard and thanks JavaPresse!!

  31. Paul says:

    I use a Bialetti espresso maker, filtered water and freshly ground espresso. Put a pinch of cinnamon in the coffee mug then add the freshly brewed espresso, and off i go to work.

  32. Amanda says:

    Love some Cinnamon, Coconut oil and Ghee blended together in my morning cup!! Would LOVE to try a french press!!

  33. DJ says:

    I love making coffee flavored with cinnamon and a bit of real maple syrup (not the maple flavored corn syrup stuff). As a married college student with three jobs… Coffee is life.

  34. Pamela says:

    I have been trying to go healthier, my favs…1. straight black 2. with ghee, collagen and MCT oil and 3. full fat coconut milk, cinnamon and vanilla. I do love coffee and have always wanted a French press ☕ thanks for the opportunity.

  35. Arlene says:

    5 stars
    I have had my morning coffee the same way for so long- moka pot for espresso, and I drink it with milk and sugar. I have been learning so much through wellness mama and I am trying to change this habit, as I know dairy makes me bloated and a little sugar makes me crave more! Thank you for this article!

  36. Rebecca says:

    Someone gave me a cup of French Pressed coffee straight up black and I was IMPRESSED! Coffee had never tasted so good! I’m in the market for one and I’m thankful to have run across this post!

  37. Lia says:

    I have my morning coffee with cinnamon, raw honey and mct (liquid coconut) oil. Supposed to be really good for sugar levels, brain and appetite.

  38. Jane Bell says:

    What a great article! I love coffee and am glad to hear about its health benefits. I am trying to make the switch to black coffee. Currently I do add skim milk.

  39. Peggy Ogden-Howe says:

    How can I keep coffee hot from a french press without using a thermos? Also, what is your opinion and/or experience with mushroom coffee?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I think mushroom coffee is an acquired taste but its health benefits are awesome. 🙂

  40. Michelle says:

    I love coffee any way I can get it! We brew ours with a bunn but I love pour over and chemex brewed. I am normally a vanilla creamer gal, and switched to a natural one but the sugar wasn’t good. I’m now using 1/2 and 1/2. Love all your smoothie recipes!

  41. Marissa Stockton says:

    I love making pour-over coffee. I’ve never owned an actual coffee pot only a French press and my pour-over. My parents don’t drink coffee and growing up all they had a was perkalotor when guests were over, that’s how I learned to make coffee. I used to add sugar and flavorings but now add only cream and a drop of essential oils… sometimes I blend coconut oil into it. So yummy and much more enjoyable than all that sugar. Helpful tip: if your coffee is too bitter add a little bit of salt instead of sugar, works like magic.

  42. Mary says:

    Horrors, I use a Keurig because it’s quick and easy but on a recent trip my brother brought his French press and I really liked it. I purchased one but didn’t like it because it didn’t clean easily. My brother’s didn’t have this problem but his is old and no longer available. I’ll keep looking because the flavor was better.

  43. Jan says:

    My husband always brews the coffe and I enjoy it with grass fed butter, coconut oil and cinnamon. I’ve always wanted to try a French press because I love the simplicity of it.

  44. Angelique says:

    OMG, what great insights into coffee. Good to know about anti-inflammatory quality of coffee too. I love an Americano with cream, so I am up for trying a lighter roast with butter in a French press.

  45. Ty Heath says:

    I’m of Jamaican heritage. I love coffee in the morning with a touch of condensed milk to sweeten. Not the healthiest choice but it is delicious. I will have to try the lighter roast and grass fed butter!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Def try it with grass-fed butter, I bet you’ll love it!

  46. Katie Lewis says:

    Thank you for this blog post. I’ve been wanting to try a French press. My favorite way to enjoy coffe is a protein latte; fresh brewed coffee, scoop of your fav protein powder (cappuccino is mine for this recipe) tbsp. Of grass fed butter, MCT oil, scoop coconut powder and dash of cinnamon. Blend in a shaker of vitamin and enjoy! Keeps me satisfied all morning, and doesn’t spike my sugar levels. This is my breakfast!

  47. Hannah says:

    My favorite way to drink coffee is black! I feel the benefits of coffee without the sluggish side effects of sugar. Although I still occasionally have a macchiato… 🙂

  48. LaDeana Nelson says:

    I’m excited to try a healthy coffee and brewing technique!!

  49. Tina says:

    I transitioned from having creamer in my coffee sometime last year. I drink it black with nothing added. I have learned to enjoy the taste of the actual coffee itself. I use Bulletproof ground coffee–1 Tbsp. decaf and 1 Tbsp. French Kick.

  50. Ursula B says:

    I love coffee!!!! If I don’t buy some from Starbucks, I use instant coffee, cinnamon, collagen and sweet cream. I could definitely use a coffee press and this organic coffee to make a healthier change in my morning routine. Now that I know about the butter, I can use that until I get a coffee press. Thank you for this information!!!

  51. Bernadette says:

    I broke my Frech Press when I moved months ago and have not replaced it. I like the coffee it makes… it’s better than drip!

  52. Angela says:

    I too have tried to stop drinking coffee but love it too much. I can’t remember where I first saw a recipe that included vanilla, ground ginger, cinnamon, syrup, milk and topping it off with nutmeg but that is how I drink my coffee most days. The butter and MCT oil is a good choice for me as well. Of course, smoothies are of great importance to me as well.

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