"Wait, you put salt in your coffee?"
Yes, I do.
But before I reveal more, let's just say that I like all kinds of different ways of drinking coffee. Now on most days of the week, I enjoy a specialty single origin nutty medium dark roast. But I can also enjoy a dark roast (with a healthy amount of cream, maybe sweetened, maybe not).
I can also like a light roast straight up.
But one day, I was ordering and, the lovely barista behind asked me what I wanted to drink, and for grins, I asked her for a suggestion.
"Ever tried a salted caramel latte?"
Well, truth here, I don't actually drink lattes. I like them, but they are too pricey for me. But I had asked, so I ordered one.
And I loved it. But I knew that wasn't going to be a regular choice for me. I don't live on a latte budget.
Then, another day, I was knocking about the internet and bloggers were suggesting putting butter in coffee. That sounded weird to me. But I'm a try-it kind of guy. So one day, when I was trying to doctor up some way-past-it's-prime coffee at home, I tried the butter (by the way, when I say butter, I mean real butter, not margarine).
I liked my coffee with butter in it.
It just so happens that I live in a county blessed with local bee-keepers. What is it that makes local honey so much better? I don't know. But I love it.
When I first tried it honey in my mug, I wasn't overly impressed. I don't know if I was having trouble getting the amount of honey right or what. Still, the coffee was drinkable.
So I decided to try it again. And I put the honey in the bottom of the mug before I added the brew. That way, I could see how much I was adding. And I added cream with it and loved it.
And while we are on the subject of cream, I just want to say that half and half is all right, but heavy cream is worth the extra expense. Many shops carry it now for a small upgrade in price. If you like half and half, try it and I bet you'll find that it's worth the extra 50 cents or whatever they charge.
The one natural add-in that I've tried (mainly to keep my coffee keto) that I don't care for is coconut oil. Maybe coconut and cream... I'll get back to you on that one.
Now, here's the fun part you can combine these extras. I love honey, heavy cream, and salt. I like it more than the salted latte and it's cheaper.
Or butter, cream and honey. Or cream and salt.
It's all wonderful.
Oh, by the way, I haven't found a coffee shop that carried butter yet. So, I just put the amount I want in my Yeti cup at home. Then, when I get to the the shop the brew goes on top.
If your shop doesn't have honey, you can do the same.
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