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How to Make Olive Oil Coffee (Delicious or Just a Fad?)

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According to a poll conducted in the US, a significant number of customers now use olive oil in cooking, with flavor and health as their primary motivations.

The rise in its popularity was generally spurred by the growing interest in healthy living, similar to sweetening your coffee with salt. The use of olive oil in coffee and other foods has been recommended by doctors and dietitians as a way to enjoy your morning joe without all the jitters.

At the end are suggestions for making olive oil bulletproof coffee at home.

Increasing Popularity of Olive Oil

Olive oil, particularly extra virgin olive oil, is a good source of healthy fats, making it a great addition to bulletproof coffee. It reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, improves sleep quality, and maintains healthy cholesterol levels.

A tablespoon of olive oil contains 119 calories, 13.5 grams of fat (including 10 grams of MUFAs and 2 grams of saturated fat), and 0 grams of carbohydrates, according to the USDA

The Mediterranean Diet emphasizes nutrient-dense foods, plenty of fresh greens, vegetables, and fruits, low-fat dairy, seafood, whole grains, and olive oil. Red meat, processed meats, and sweets are eaten in moderation, and olive oil is often used as a substitute for butter, much like in Starbucks’ Oleato line (more on that below).

The Keto Diet is another popular lifestyle which promotes the use of healthy fat like olive oil as a main energy source for the body. Olive oil contains numerous excellent characteristics that are recognized to be beneficial for one’s general health.

It works well for quick sautéing, enhancing the flavor of dips and marinades, and adding a final drizzle to salads, pasta, and grilled meats. Recently, it’s also become popular to add a spoonful of olive oil to coffee to increase its health advantages.

The benefits of olive oil in coffee exceed its eccentricity, we promise; regardless of how trendy it may sound, a high-quality olive oil bulletproof coffee can turn your morning around.

Benefits of Olive Oil in Coffee

With the rising popularity of eating healthy and living well, the possibility of adding a spoonful of extra virgin olive oil in a cup of coffee is becoming increasingly attractive. 

Olive oil offers a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (73% MUFAs or oleic acid), 36 polyphenolic compounds, and Vitamin E. All olive oil is packed with MUFA’s or oleic acid, but extra virgin olive oil has a higher level of antioxidants – the free-radical warrior known as Vitamin E.

Here are some benefits to get you to start a morning habit of adding a spoonful of heart-healthy olive oil to your cup of joe.

  • The addition of olive oil to coffee increases the body’s intake of healthy fats. Caffeine’s effect on the body is known to be prolonged by healthy fats. Adding olive oil to your coffee in the morning helps to wake up your digestive system, allowing it to absorb nutrients more effectively. 
  • The combination of olive oil and coffee acts as a mild laxative, reducing gas and constipation, as well as positively affecting other digestive issues. 
  • Olive oil is a form of liquid energy. The monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) in olive oil act as an anti-catabolic nutrient, lowering cellular protein levels in the body. It is a necessary nutrient for bodybuilders because it prevents muscle breakdown, but it also provides anyone an energy boost prior to a workout or physical activity.
  • All olive oils have high MUFAs (mostly oleic acid) making them a good agent in overall health. Olive oil lowers blood pressure, and cholesterol levels (lowering LDL and improving HDL), and reduces the risk of diabetes and osteoporosis. The American Heart Association mentions the intake of extra virgin olive oil leads to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.
  • Adding olive oil to your coffee in the morning will help to neutralize the acidity inherent in coffee, which is especially important for people who have sensitive stomachs, like myself. 
  • A spoonful of olive oil in your coffee can serve as a filling breakfast. This was exemplified by the extremely popular bulletproof coffee diet craze. The combination of coffee & fat is a classic, and naturally filling to keep you fuller for longer.

Olive oil coffee might be the missing ingredient in your morning routine. Give it a shot. Begin by consuming small quantities of olive oil, possibly combined with ghee or lemon juice to make a vegan olive oil latte.

Best Olive Oil for Coffee

Extra virgin olive oil is the best kind to use in coffee. Compared to conventional olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, or EVOO, is more nutrient-dense. It matches coffee better and has a better overall flavor. It goes through the least amount of processing of all types of oilve oil, preserving many of its healthy ingredients.

It not only has the highest antioxidants of any olive oil variety, but also has a wonderful aroma. Olive oil comes in a variety of qualities and grades, but most of you won’t have access to super high-quality brands unless you’re in Italy or Greece.

Qualified olive oil sommeliers describe more unique types as bitter and pungent as well as more consumer phrases, like rancid, fruity, or earthy. However, olive oil regulations from the FDA are still in the early stages of development, so the best olive oil to use in coffee is the one you have on hand.

Source your olive oil as locally as possible to ensure that you will be getting a quality, freshly processed product. Other things to look out for are authenticity, origin, and high-quality.

The most important thing to consider is how you can adapt it into your favorite coffee’s flavor to make it more nutritious, without adding so much that it tastes weird. A good-tasting, high-quality EVOO will allow you to reap the advantages of combining coffee and olive oil.

How Do You Make Coffee with Olive Oil?

In general, it is recommended to use 1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil in each cup of coffee. Depending on the type and brand of olive oil you use, olive oil coffee has a characteristic smoothness that makes it taste like regular coffee with a hint of mild fruit flavor. 

The distinctive taste of olive oil will add a nutty undertone, a delicate sweetness, or even a bittersweet touch. Extra virgin olive oils with mild flavors will generally go unnoticed, though in the end, it will depend on the flavor of the olive oil you have.

Try adding honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, or granulated sugar to sweeten your cuppa. You can experience the wide range of health advantages that olive oil offers by having a cup of bulletproof coffee with olive oil to start your day. Below are three ways to incorporate olive oil into coffee. 

Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

Semi-automatic machines are becoming a part of standard home kitchen appliances, and for good reason. They’re beautiful, ecological, and practical devices that bring ease and control to making coffee at home.

Couple yours with a good grinder and your mornings will never be the same. Pull espresso, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and then fluff it up with the frother to bring your coffee-drinking experience up a notch.

Pour Over / Drip  Coffee using Chemex

Making a good cup of coffee with lots of body and little bitterness is possible when using a CHEMEX coffee maker. It is, however, a fair amount of work compared to an espresso machine. A Moka pot could work just as well.

To create a clear and smooth brew, take the time to pour the water by wetting the grinds first and then letting it settle before pouring some more water in a spiral motion from the center moving outwards. Drizzle olive oil into your coffee as the last step, and top with a pinch of salt

Plunger Press / AeroPress 

Brew a proper cup of coffee in just 30 seconds with this amazing coffee-making gadget. It’s easy-to-clean, space-saving, and produces a rich, smooth-tasting coffee with minimal bitterness. Blitz it up with olive oil in a blender to add a deeper flavor to your cup of java.

Starbucks Olive Oil Coffee (Oleato Line)

In February 2023, Italian Starbucks introduced their exclusive Oleato olive oil coffee line. With a similar look to their infamous sweet cream topping, the Starbucks olive oil coffee drink features hazelnut & olive oil in a frothy, vegan-friendly creation.

The idea in the olive oil froth is also to emphasize the inherently fruity flavor of olive oil— it is a fruit, after all— while balancing out the natural acidity in coffee in a family-friendly, fully vegan way.

For the rest of winter 2023 the drink is only available in Starbucks in Italy, but later in the spring the drink will expand into other places, among them Japan and California. The line includes 3 iced beverages, among them an oat milk-based cold brew concoction & a black coffee with olive oil foam topping.

Check out the press release for Starbucks Oleato lattes with olive oil in the video below.

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