2016年11月28日 星期一

大家會加在咖啡喝的5個奇特東西

Looking to spice up your morning coffee? You’re not the only one. In fact, people have been adding bizarre ingredients to their brews for years. I’ve rounded up some of the weirdest coffee concoctions going. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

你在找能增添咖啡風味的東西嗎?很多人也在這樣做。事實上人們多年來都會在自己沖煮的咖啡中加入奇特的添加物,筆者收集了一些奇怪的配方,但要提醒大家這些東西未必適合加到咖啡裡面一起喝。

Black coffee? Or has a secret ingredient been added? Photo credit: Enjoydisfruta
純黑咖啡?還是裡面加了秘方?照片由Enjoydisfruta提供


1. Butter奶油
Though the thought of dolloping butter into your coffee might seem strange to some, it’s a relatively popular fad – originating with Dave Asprey’s “Bulletproof Coffee”.
雖然將奶油加到咖啡對一些人來說很奇怪,但這是相對流行的風味,這一開始是從由Dave Asprey所在的Bulletproof Coffee發明。
Bulletproof Coffee was born when Asprey was offered a rejuvenating cup of yak-butter tea while hiking in Tibet. Fast-forward to today, and his butter-infused coffee is available both in stores and online. So what’s the deal with it? High-quality, grass-fed butter has long been thought to invigorate the body and mind, and Asprey takes the claim one step further. He claims that blending the butter with so-called “upgraded coffee” (coffee beans which are purported to contain fewer mycotoxins) offers additional health benefits while also promoting weight loss.
這種咖啡的發想是來自Asprey在西藏徒步旅行時,喝到了一杯可以提神的酥油茶。時間快轉到現在,我們可以在咖啡店及線上購買到這咖啡。所以這咖啡怎麼組成?高品質的奶油一直都被認定可用來提神,而Asprey將此功效提升,他聲稱融合奶油的咖啡(咖啡豆會有更少的麴毒素)可以帶來保健功效並達到減重的效果。
Some people now use butter coffee as a breakfast substitute – the fat in the butter is meant to keep you full for hours while the coffee is said to enhance mental clarity. The fad even became popular among athletes and sports professionals, including Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall and poker professional Martin Jacobson.
有些人會喝奶油咖啡來替代早餐-奶油的脂肪可帶來數小時的飽足感,而咖啡則具稱有保持頭腦清醒的功效。這樣的喝法甚至在運動員及體育界流行,包括奧林匹克馬拉松選手Ryan Hall及職業撲克手Martin Jacobson
Yet despite its popularity, plenty of experts find the validity of Asprey’s claims dubious at best. In particular, the myth of “upgraded coffee” has been debunked numerous times – including on Perfect Daily Grind. And I have to wonder, wouldn’t it be tastier to just have your coffee with a nice slice of buttery toast?
儘管這樣的喝法普及,仍有許多專家質疑Asprey說法的可信度。特別是升級咖啡的迷思已被揭開了數次-包括此文的原文網站。其實更讓人懷疑,是不是喝咖啡配烤奶油吐司會比加奶油到咖啡更好?
Butter in your coffee: a step too far? Credit: Pixabay
咖啡加奶油會很過分嗎?照片由Pixabay提供

2.Egg Whites蛋白

The tradition of mixing ground coffee beans with egg whites can be traced back to Scandinavia, where it is referred to as Lutheran Church Coffee. This isn’t because there’s any religious significance attached to egg whites, but simply because you can brew large amounts of it at once – perfect for a large Sunday gathering.
在咖啡粉加入蛋白可追溯到斯堪地那維亞的路得教會的咖啡。加蛋白並不是這跟宗教有關係,而是可以一次大量沖煮出咖啡,這很適合週日做禮拜的大型聚會。

So why add egg whites at all? Well, supposedly it clarifies the coffee by allowing a stronger separation between the coffee grounds and water. Voilà: “purer” coffee with a nice amber colour, a dose of fat-free protein, and a veryunique taste.
為什麼是加蛋白?據說蛋白可以讓咖啡純淨,讓咖啡渣和水分離。一說加入蛋白後會使咖啡嚐起來更純一些,有很棒的琥珀色,蛋白是無脂肪的蛋白質,讓咖啡嘗起來更純

Eggs in coffee – yum? Credit: Pexels
咖啡加蛋-好喝嗎?照片由Pexels提供。

3. Salt
If you’ve ever been the victim of the classic sugar-switched-for-salt prank, then you probably have some dreadful memory of salty beverages or food. In fact, you probably don’t want to relive that memory – but the truth is that throwing in a pinch of salt can greatly enhance the taste of your coffee by balancing the bitterness. Advocates of salt in coffee will point out that it works especially well in iced lattes, where a little salt brings out the sweetness.
如果曾經有人對你惡作劇,將糖與鹽調包,那你可能會對加了鹽的飲料或食物有一些不好的回憶,其實是根本不想回憶起這事。但筆者認為如果加入一些鹽到咖啡,可以平衡咖啡的苦味。提倡在咖啡中加鹽的人說,如果在冰拿鐵鐘加一些鹽,可以引出甜味。
Many say the tradition originated from the US Navy, where coffee is notoriously bad – Tom Clancy even mentions it in his early novels. The salt supposedly made the Navy’s strong coffee more bearable to drink while also restoring electrolytes in the sailors who would sweat profusely during their work. Others might point to the long tradition of drinking salty coffee in Ethiopia.
很多人說這是源自於美國海軍,甚至美國知名小說家Tom Clancy在他早期作品中,提到當時咖啡有多糟。據說海軍在濃咖啡中加鹽可使咖啡更容易入口,同時鹽還可以恢復海軍在勞動時大量消耗的電解質。甚至有些人說衣索比亞人在咖啡加鹽來喝,可能已有很長時間。
Wherever it came from, it’s certainly an interesting taste.
不論這喝法源於何處,咖啡加鹽喝起來一定會很有趣。
Not everyone has a sweet tooth. Credit: Pixabay
不是每個人都喜歡甜味。照片由Pixabay提供

4. Oatmeal麥片
Try at your own risk – this one appeals to a very specific type of person. I’ve heard of people infusing their porridge with a coffee flavour and, while it’s not for me, I get it. However, pouring raw oatmeal into your cup of morning brew is a whole new ball game.
加麥片到咖啡後果要自己承擔,喜好會因人而有差異。筆者聽說有人會在麥片加咖啡,但筆者卻無法接受這樣的喝法。然而加入生麥片到咖啡中會是一種新的嘗試。
The idea is for the heat of the coffee to cook the oatmeal – making it a breakfast-and-coffee-in-one. If you’re brave enough to give it a go, you could even try adding some cinnamon or sugar. It’s a popular method popular among hikers, backpackers, and anyone who wants to minimise dishes – but really, is washing dishes that bad?
構想是用咖啡的熱度來加熱麥片,結合早餐及咖啡為一體。如果你敢嘗試這種喝法,你甚至可以加一些肉桂或糖,這在喜歡健行、背包客間很受歡迎。或只是懶得多洗碗的人。但說真的,洗個碗有那麼麻煩嗎?
Oatmeal: now your morning coffee as well as your morning breakfast. Credit: Pixabay
麥片:早上的咖啡也可以當作你的早餐了。照片由Pixabay提供
5. Coconut Oil椰子油
Coconut itself isn’t too unusual a thing to flavour coffee with. In fact, coconut makes a popular latte syrup in coffee shops all around the world. Actual oil, though? Isn’t coconut oil what they put in hair conditioner and body scrubs? Maybe the occasional curry?
有椰子風味的咖啡並不常見,事實上椰子風味可以用來製作很受歡迎的拿鐵用糖漿,而且風行世界各地的咖啡店。但是油呢?大家不是把椰子油用在護髮乳或潤膚霜?也許用在咖哩上?
But besides being a common ingredient in both beauty products and oriental dishes, coconut oil can enhance your coffee for better taste and several health benefits – or so say its advocates. If you’re cutting carbs or watching the scales, they recommend a spoonful of coconut oil in your coffee to speed up your metabolism, boost your immune system, and leave you feeling more energised. That being said, it’s still 90% saturated fat.
但除了應用在常見的美妝產品或東方菜餚上,椰子油可以提升咖啡風味並促進健康,或者這是提倡者的說詞。如果你在為了減重而減少澱粉攝取,提倡者建議可以放一匙椰子油到咖啡中,加速身體的新陳代謝,提升免疫系統,並讓你感覺更有活力,話雖如此,椰子由仍有90%的飽和脂肪。

Coconut coffee, one of the newest health fads. Credit: PureFormulas.com
椰子油咖啡,一種最新的健康吃法。照片由PureFormulas.com提供

So there you have it: five coffee additives perfect for those looking for a bit more adventure in the cup.
所以現在你知道了五種可以嘗試加一些在咖啡中的東西。
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a tamer adventure, why not check out some of our coffee cocktail/mocktail recipes here and here?
或是說,如果你在找冒險的風味,可以參考筆者提供的咖啡調酒食譜:


Written by S. Jackson and edited by T. Newton. Feature photo credit: Pexels
All views within this opinion piece belong to the guest writer, and do not reflect Perfect Daily Grind’s stance.
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