Weird Things People Put in Their Coffee (Surprising!)

Coffee is undoubtedly one of the most popular energy-boosting beverages around the world. It is the second most popular drink in the world, after water.

It is the world’s fascination with coffee that has made it go through a wide variety of changes. Now, nobody even minds adding a little something to their coffee to make it taste more heavenly!

Would you be surprised if I told you that I love adding a bit of lime to my coffee?

People add a lot of weird things into their coffee, some to up the flavor a bit and some who are just experimenting. They add things like: Egg whites, butter, salt, oatmeal, and coconut oil.

Well, this is just the beginning, keep reading to know more about the surprisingly weird things people put in their coffee!

What Do People Normally Put in Their Coffee?

coffee in white and black mug

The following are some of the things that people normally like putting in their coffee:

  • Cinnamon – People who have a sweet tooth but are health-conscious at the same time tend to replace sugar with this healthy and aromatic ingredient to give their coffee a delicious addition.
  • Cardamom – To give your coffee an added oomph, add a few pods of this Indian spice and enjoy the richer, spicier taste.
  • Cocoa Powder – All the chocolate lovers out there, you’ll fall in love with this addition! Add a teaspoon of cocoa powder in your coffee cup and make it a rich, chocolatey drink.
  • Mint – It may sound strange, but adding mint to your coffee makes it refreshing. Not only this, but mint has several other health benefits as well. Try it to believe it!
  • Vanilla Extract – Vanilla is a classic. Instead of adding unhealthy artificial flavors to your coffee, try putting in Vanilla Extract and double the deliciousness.
  • Ginger – Love Gingerbread Cookie? This addition is for you then. Add a couple of freshly cut ginger pieces to your coffee and get addicted to the aroma and flavor it adds. Moreover, it’s always a brilliant idea to start your mornings with ginger in your coffee, as combining these two powerful ingredients yields many health benefits.

For those of you thinking you haven’t found anything strange in the article yet, wait for it. If you want to try something really weird and give your taste buds a jolt, stay with me!

5 Weird Things People Put in Their Coffee

As opposed to the normal things people often put in their coffee, here are the five weirdest things some people add to their cup of joe! Weird to us, but normal to them.

Egg Whites

Yes, you read that right, egg whites! Some people add egg whites to their coffee as it gives their coffee a bit of a protein boost, what with 11g of protein compared to the 0.1g found in a normal cup of coffee, it’s no wonder people add egg whites to their coffee.

It also diminishes the bitter taste of the drink as if you were just adding milk or cream, and some even find it to enhance the flavor of the beverage.


This breakfast additive usually spread on the fluffy mounds of pancakes can be found swimming in the coffee of some people. This is done because butter has been said to enhance the energy-boosting qualities of coffee and make them last longer.

Butter contains high amounts of fat and since fat slows down the digestion process, it takes longer for the caffeine to be absorbed, allowing its effects to last a bit longer.   


Hearing this at first, it sounds like a bad idea. Salt and the bitterness of coffee mixed together sounds like a recipe for disaster. But some people actually add salt to their coffee to remove the bitter taste of the drink!

It has been found by studies that the sodium ions of salt can reduce the bitter quality of coffee and can also improve its flavor. Some even claim that the addition of salt can enhance the drink’s aroma.


People with little to no time in their hands came up with the idea of putting oatmeal into their coffee, letting its heat cook the oatmeal so they can have coffee and breakfast in one.

Not only is it a brilliant way to save time, but also a healthier way to have your coffee as the vitamins found in oatmeal are now present in your morning coffee. So not only does your beverage wakes you up, but it is also now nutritious.

Coconut Oil

Put it in your coffee if you want to cut carbs and speed up your metabolism.

Coconut oil is heavy in saturated fats which shockingly comes with a lot of benefits, one being weight loss.

This is of course dependent on how much coconut oil you put in your coffee, but generally, the addition of coconut oil in your caffeinated beverage can help you with your metabolism and can also provide you with energy.

These are definitely unusual ingredients to add to a cup of coffee, however, despite how strange it may be, there is merit to why they were added. They weren’t just added for the quirkiness of it, they have actual benefits. Which is all the more reason to give them a try if you’re not opposed to trying new things.

With that said, the addition of these things does not mean it will lessen the negative effects of caffeine should you decide to abuse it. It’s always important to remind yourself that the approved daily limit is 400mg and going past that, regardless of what you put in your coffee, will still be detrimental to your health.

If you’re interested in knowing more about coffee and health, you can read this article I wrote once you’re done with this one.

Weird ingredients aside, have you ever heard of the weirdest kinds of coffee available in the world?

Let’s find out!

Weirdest Types of Coffee

coffee beans
Well-roasted coffee beans.

I am sure you have never heard about the strange types of coffee I am about to share with you. Read about them below!

  • Kopi Luwak:

It is the most expensive kind of coffee available. Do you want to know why?

It is because its beans are gathered from the poop of coffee-eating civet cats.

The digestive system of the cats is said to enhance the flavor of the coffee.

Don’t believe me? Watch this video and see for yourself!

  • Monkey Spit Coffee:

Here is another exotic kind of coffee that came from India and Taiwan.

It is made up of coffee beans that have been chewed up and spat out by monkeys.

This coffee is said to have a unique Vanilla flavor.

Would you dare try it?

  • Nitro Brew Coffee:

The distinctive feature of this coffee is that it is infused with Nitrogen gas which makes it creamy and fizzy.

If you are interested in trying any of the previously mentioned types of coffee, I have listed down their origin and price per cup in the table below for your reference.

Coffee TypeOriginPrice ($) per cup
Kopi LuwakIndonesia$35-$100
Monkey Spit Coffee India$45
Nitro Brew CoffeePortland$5-$6
Origin and price per cup of various types of coffee.

In case you get your hands on any of these but don’t find them up to your expectations, no need to put them in the trash.

What is Leftover Coffee Good For?

Leftover coffee is good for a lot of things like using it as a hair mask or exfoliating your skin. It can also be used to repel insects or used to make marinades.

If you find yourself unable to finish your coffee (perhaps you tried one of the weird ingredients and thought: Wow, this is not for me.) you don’t have to throw it out.

Here are some things that you can do with your leftover coffee:

  • Make a hair mask: The antioxidants and caffeine in coffee makes your hair healthy and shiny.
  • Use it as wood stain: An easy and inexpensive way to stain your wood is to do it with your leftover coffee. Apply your desired number of coats with a piece of cloth or paintbrush and let it dry for around 15 minutes.
  • Make marinades: Marinate your dishes to make them savory.
  • Water your Plants: No problem if you don’t like your coffee, your acid-loving plants might! Water your plants with your leftover coffee and watch them grow.
  • Repel Insects and Pests: A compound known as diterpenes, which is present in coffee, is highly toxic for insects.
  • Natural Cleaning Scrub: Coffee grounds serve as a pretty good cleaning scrub, scrap your dishes or clean your grill and you are good to go.
  • Exfoliate your skin: Pour some coconut oil on your leftover coffee grounds and scrub it directly on your skin. The antioxidants are good for your skin.

Watch this video for more ways to use leftover coffee.

Weird Facts about Coffee

coffee in red cup
Find out more weird facts about coffee!
  • Coffee is said to be discovered by a goat herder who surprisingly noticed that his goats seemed to be extra active after munching on a certain plant. He was clever enough to try it himself.
  • The beans of coffee are actually the seeds of coffee cherries.
  • Finnish people consume the highest amount of coffee in the world.
  • The largest coffee producing country in the world is Brazil, followed by Vietnam and Colombia.
  • The average cup of coffee has more caffeine in it than a shot of espresso.
  • 80% of world’s coffee is produced by smallholder farmers without any technological advanced tools, they use their bare hands for harvesting, drying and fermenting the coffee.
  • Coffee may help you live longer! Its beneficial nutrients and high level of antioxidants may help in boosting immunity and preventing several diseases, if consumed in moderation.
  • Use old coffee as fabric dye. This inexpensive and all natural way of dyeing will give your clothing a vintage look.

To Sum It All Up

The love of coffee all around the world has led people to experiment with unimaginable ingredients. While some of these tend to bring out the improved taste and additional health benefits, others just don’t seem right.

Decades ago, people would’ve cringed at the thought of adding eggs or oatmeal to their coffee.

What could be the use of salt or lime in coffee?

Adding butter or coconut oil in coffee… unimaginable!

But, we love proving ourselves wrong. Now, coffee has so many variants that it actually takes quite a while to decide which one to go for.

However, it is equally important to focus on your consumption as everything exceeding moderation becomes harmful.

According to a study, if not taken in moderate amounts, coffee can have adverse effects, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes mellitus.

With that in mind, why not indulge in experimenting yourself?

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Matt Marshall

As I learn more and more about coffee and coffee products I want to share all my learnings with you here on this website. I hope you find my articles useful and entertaining to read.

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