5 Egg Coffee Recipes That Taste 1000x Better Than They Sound
I'll be the first to admit that the thought of combining egg and coffee made me feel queasy.
I'm talking about raw egg in your coffee. Not that cool hack of cooking an egg in your coffee maker. That's cool, but this is much cooler.
I'll let you in on a little secret; in not-to-distant lands, coffee connoisseur's pioneered by adding raw egg to their coffee...and the results were shocking!
But there is more to it than the taste. There's an even bigger secret.
The Hanoi-style egg coffee (cà phê trứng) has been blowing up among travellers returning from Vietnam recently - but it’s been around for decades, we are only just “discovering” it now.
Keep reading if you'd like to learn about a few other egg coffee recipes that will change your mornings
The Overlooked Secret - Why Add Egg To Your Coffee?
Lets take a moment to talk egg coffee benefits.
Enriching your coffee with egg can be both delicious and good for your health, especially if you’re physically active.
Mark Sisson, founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, says whisking a raw egg into your coffee makes the beverage amazingly smooth and rich while also providing nutritional value.
Sisson says adding an egg to his morning coffee helps him train harder, because the egg provides protein while coffee is known for boosting your metabolism.
It makes sense: eggs are well known emulsifiers, used in baking for that very reason. Whisking them into coffee makes for a deliciously rich consistency.
Eggs are also valued as a healthy breakfast food because they contain plenty of protein, vitamin and minerals.
In addition to these health benefits, coffee enriched with egg can also taste delicious.
In the traditional Vietnamese recipe, it is used to create a rich but delicate foam reminiscent of the foamed milk used for cappuccino.
So the secret - and sorry if I hyped that up a little - is that by combining GOOD quality raw eggs and coffee, you'll have a DIY and powerful pre workout drink, and save hours of time by creating a quick breakfast...AND you'll have less hunger cravings throughout the day.
That leaves just one problem: simply cracking a raw egg into your latte tastes like shit.
That where history steps in - through hundreds of years of testing and wasted eggs and coffee beans, a few recipes have emerged that pair the two ingredients perfectly.
So well, that you'll likely crave this new form of coffee after one well brewed experiment.
Below are five egg-cellent recipes (sorry) you can try at home!
#1 - Scandinavian-Style Coffee Grounds Brewed With Egg (Sweden)
I believe THIS is what you need to show someone who asks "what is Swedish coffee?"
This traditional Scandinavian-style coffee, with the egg mixed into the coffee grounds before brewing, was brought to the US by Scandinavian immigrants.
It remains popular in Midwestern church gatherings to this day. In the States, it even has the nickname “Church Basement Coffee”, because it is traditionally served in religious Sunday gatherings.
In fact, this coffee is probably much more popular in the States than in its native Scandinavia!
In this version of egg cross coffee, the egg is added to the coffee grounds before brewing.
This recipe was probably invented to salvage low-quality coffee grounds in times when expensive coffee grounds were recycled several times or the brewing methods were crude and over-extracting. It is an is an interesting piece of cultural history.
The egg makes the coffee grounds sink to the bottom of the pot, clarifying and smoothing the coffee. The resulting cup is light, smooth and mild.
Note that Scandinavia is traditionally a region of almost exclusively light roast coffees, so you should also go for a light roast for an authentic flavor.
The following recipe will make 2 cups. Share this post with a friend who you'd like to try this with:
WHAT YOU NEED
- Break one egg. Put it in a bowl with 1/4 cup of cold water and the ground coffee and mix until smooth.
- Add the egg-coffee ground mixture to 400g of boiling water in a pot and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
- After the coffee has boiled, add 100g of cold water and let it settle for 2 more minutes.
- Skim off any visible coffee particles from the surface.
- Strain the coffee through a fine-mesh sieve to reduce the amount of grounds in your cup.
- Serve hot or iced.
Below is a video on how to make traditional Norwegian-style coffee grounds brewed with egg:
#2 - Cà Phê Trung (Vietnam)
The Vietnamese Cà Phê Trứng is a delicious, almost cappuccino-like marriage of coffee and egg.
The history of egg coffee lies within the vietnamese cafe trung...
This iconic Hanoi beverage was invented by Mr. Nguyen, a bartender in the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel, during an acute milk shortage in the 1940s. The egg yolk was used to replace the foamed milk in European-style coffees.
Mr. Nguyen later founded Giang Café in an alleyway in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, and this establishment remains buzzing with locals and travelers to this day. It is now operated by Mr. Nguyen’s children and grandchildren.
I’ve been lucky enough to try the Cà Phê Trứng at Giang Café, and it definitely stands up to the rave reviews it’s been getting from travellers in recent times. Smooth, rich but not overpoweringly sweet, it’s a perfect pick-me-up on a sticky Hanoi afternoon.
Although the Nguyen family recipe is a well-guarded secret, it is possible to recreate this iconic beverage at home using some of its key ingredients.
It’s not going to be quite as delicious as the one in Giang Café - to get that, you’ll just have to take the trip to Hanoi (and it will be so worth it!). But I swear this is good stuff too.
Note that Vietnamese coffee tends to be very dark and sweet, so you’ll want to get a similar roast for the best flavour.
Sometimes its hard to get your hands on freshly roasted Vietnamese beans...unless you're in Vietnam.
The next best option = fresh roasted dark beans - here are a few options.
If you can find it from a Vietnamese supermarket or online, Trung Nguyen, Vietnam’s most popular coffee brand, is perfect for this recipe. You can also use any dark and sweet roast.
Ideally, you would also use a Vietnamese coffee filter - phin - to brew the coffee. If you don’t have one, any other type of pourover will do
WHAT YOU NEED
- Spoon a stripe of condensed milk into the bottom of your cup - as fat as you like it.
- Then add two egg yolks into the condensed milk and mix them into a smooth paste in the bottom of the cup.
- Place a phin or other pourover filter, such as a V60, on top of your mug. Brew a strong cup of coffee.
- Once it’s finished brewing, mix everything together until it’s smooth.
Below is a visual guide to making Cà Phê Trứng:
#3 - Primal Egg Yolk Coffee (yes, its paleo, Keto etc.)
This recipe by Mark Sisson can be varied according to your tastes. You can add extra flavorings if you like.
Mark lauds this coffee as both healthy and tasty - especially with the extra ingredients you can experiment with. He recommends using pastured egg yolks to ensure their health benefits.
You can add various ingredients to make it more interesting. Add coconut oil or butter at the blending stage to make sure they emulsify and aren’t stuck sitting at the top of your cup.
If you’re adding powdered spices like cinnamon or turmeric, sprinkle them on the top of your cup at the end.
When you’re pouring the coffee from the blender into your cup, a nice foam should appear. Adding spices to this foam makes it extra nice.
Mark Sisson’s Primal Egg Yolk Coffee
WHAT YOU NEED
- Add a teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt.
- Blend for a few seconds more.
- Pour and enjoy.
If this sounds like something you’d like, give bulletproof coffee a go while you’re at it. It’s tasty and full of goodness to get your engines firing all day.
#4 - Kopi Telur (Indonesia)
Kopi Telur, or Padang-style coffee with egg, is a traditional recipe from Sumatra, Indonesia.
Refreshingly sweet, it provides a delicious caffeine kick on a hot afternoon.
Naturally, Sumatran coffee is perfect for this recipe, but if you cannot find it, any dark coffee low in acidity will suit.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Have your freshly brewed coffee at the ready.
- Combine honey, vanilla extract and the egg yolk in a tall glass.
- Add 1/4 cup of boiling water into the glass while beating slowly with a thin whisk. Keep whisking until the mixture becomes smooth and foam-like.
- Pour condensed milk into the center of the foamy mixture.
- Then pour the brewed coffee into the center of the milk.
- This should produce a three-layered glass: the “custard” of honey, vanilla and egg in the bottom; coffee in the middle; and foam at the top.
- Drink with a straw.
#5 - Egg Brandy Coffee (Sri Lanka)
This decadent recipe combines coffee, raw egg and brandy into one delicious beverage.
According to popular knowledge, it provides strength and helps get through colds and other illnesses.
You can also just make it as a pick-me-up after a long day at work!
If you’re not a fan of brandy, you could experiment with different types of alcohol. Another warming drink like whisky would probably be your best bet.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Beat the whole egg in a bowl until it’s smooth.
- Brew your coffee and add 3 cubes of sugar.
- While beating consistently, add the freshly brewed and hot coffee into the egg.
- Add the shot of brandy.
- Drink while it’s almost scaldingly hot - this is to provide maximum strength and stamina
So, Would You Try Egg Coffee?
Although egg coffee might sound odd to the uninitiated, it is actually a traditional drink in many parts of the world.
You may have heard of Cuban egg coffee too - I'll update this list with it shortly.
Combining the health benefits of eggs with the deliciousness of coffee is a stroke of genius in my books.
Planning to try one of these recipes - or all of them? Let me know how you like it!
Also, if you are in the mood for more awesome global coffee recipes, check this article.