Eggs and coffee for breakfast?
Yes, please, over easy.
Wait… you’re going to be putting eggs IN your coffee.
Yes. IN it.
I’m a self-proclaimed coffee snob and it freaked me out too.
But then, for the sake of science, I gave it a shot because so many people across the world wide web swore by Swedish Coffee.
And let me tell you folks, it’s amazing…
That’s because the enzymes in the egg will naturally neutralize the acid in the roasted coffee beans.
It doesn’t change the flavor of the coffee, but it makes it incredibly smooth. So smooth in fact, that I don’t even sweeten my coffee anymore!! I realized that I was adding sweetness to cut the bite of the acidic aftertaste, no matter how perfectly brewed.
When you brew your coffee with an egg, it gives it an easy, soft flavor that is still bold, yet not punch-you-in-the-throat strong.
Try it – if just for the sake of a good scientific experiment, and you’ll see what I mean!
Swedish (Egg) Coffee
- 8 c. filtered cool water
- 1 c. ground coffee of your choice
- 1 egg with the shell
- additional 1/3 c. water
Bring your 8 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. While your water is heating up, combine the coffee grounds, egg with the shell (give your shell a good washing before hand, just to be safe), and 1/3 c. water in a separate bowl.
Allow the egg mixture to rest while the water comes to a boil.
Once it’s boiling, add in the coffee-omelet goo. Once you do, it will foam a bit…don’t freak out: this is normal!
As soon as it comes back to a boil, turn off the heat and remove it from the stove. Allow it to set for 6-7 minutes, or longer if you like it really strong. The hot water cooks the eggs, so the coffee grounds will clump together and float in funny looking chunks. Again: don’t let this freak you out.
After 6-7 minutes, slowly pour the coffee through a fine mesh strainer (many sites that I read said that this wasn’t necessary, but there always seemed to be a few grounds that snuck into my cup. blech. Thus I decided to pour it through a strainer.)
Add cream and taste it before you add any sweetener…you may come to realize that you love it without the sugar!
If you give it a try, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!!