If you want to ease your coffee buzz, try this

Here's an interesting little postscript to my cold turkey coffee quitting.

You can 'soften' the effects of caffeine by adding coconut oil and cardamom to your coffee.

Sarah Wilson (of I Quit Sugar fame) is a fan. She says the coconut oil “lengthens and softens out the caffeine hit and the cardamom neutralises the over-stimulating effects”. Sarah says it's for “folk trying to cut back on coffee, or who love the coffee but not the adrenaline spike”. If that sounds like you (and it was definitely me), this might be a good brew for you?  

Sarah brings it all together in a salted caramel cardamom coffee recipe in her brilliant book, Simplicious. And there are plenty of recipes for simple cardamom coffee online too.

If the idea of cardamom in coffee sounds familiar, it is. Cardamom is added to coffee throughout the Middle East to reduce its acidity and to even out its stimulating effects. You can read more about that here

Cardamom is related to ginger, so it's used to aid digestion and to make acidic or heavy foods easier on the system. This detailed article on cardamom says:

Not only can cardamoms protect against the harmful effects of caffeine but also they can be positively beneficial for the nervous system. In Ayurvedic medicine they have long been esteemed for their ability to lift the spirits, reduce pain, restore vitality and induce a calm, meditative state of mind. 

If the idea of coconut oil in your coffee sounds a bit like Bulletproof coffee, it is – in a way. Bulletproof coffee uses other fats, but the idea is similar. You can read what Sarah Wilson says about that here and here

I've added coconut oil to my coffee and it does seem 'softer', but it also changes the flavour, of course. Adding cardamom would change it even more.

So, what do you think? Does adding bits to your coffee sound like something you'd do to ease the buzz? Or is the buzz the best thing about it for you? 

(And, on the topic of coffee, I'm out!)



Natalie Bartley