One of the most challenging things for most first-time Whole30 participants isn’t ditching the Diet Cokes or the mid-morning bagels… it’s the thought of drinking your coffee black. No sweetener, no creamer… just the hard-core flavor of straight black coffee. Admittedly, that was the hardest part for me (Melissa) during this last Whole30 go-around. I had become quite used to drinking my coffee with a generous splash of heavy cream… and for a while, the So Delicious vanilla-flavored soy creamer. Terrible stuff, that fake vanilla creamer, but it makes your coffee taste so GOOD. I found myself drinking more and more coffee, not because I needed the caffeine, but because in a mostly Whole30 diet, that was my only burst of sugary sweetness throughout the day.
When you first start the Whole30, the transition to black coffee is often a rough one. For many, the coffee tastes so awful that they find themselves drinking far less than normal. (Which in our eyes is a good thing, but doesn’t always make our readers very happy.) But this time around, my transition to black coffee was remarkably easy. Mostly because we had access to some really good coffee.
See, the key to happy black coffee consumption is simple. Buy really good coffee. Luckily, we had a secret coffee weapon in our Whole30 road trip arsenal, brought to us by our good friend, brew mistress and Trident CrossFit owner Andrea Seward. We’re talking about Misha’s Route 66 Blend, one of many Misha’s daily offerings and our favorite whole-bean coffee. Andrea was kind enough to sent us a few pounds of Misha’s before we hit the road, and via our patented coffee grinding mechanism*, were able to enjoy french-pressed Misha’s all the way from the beaches of Virginia to the Lake Louise campground in Banff.
*Place whole bean coffee in a Ziploc bag. Place inside another Ziploc bag, for safety. Place on hard surface and pound with rubber mallet until grounds are coarse. Drop into a giant french press, brew and enjoy.
Visit Misha’s web site and check our all of their blends – you can even order on-line. With their super-fast shipping, in just a day or two you can start enjoying your coffee again while remaining Whole30 compliant. And as a special offer to Whole9 readers, if you add “Whole9” somewhere in the comments section of your order, Andrea and crew will add an extra 1/4 pound of coffee to your order!
Got any favorite coffee brands, or tips and tricks for making your black cup of Joe even more delicious? Drop them to comments.
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