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A few years back, my niece brought home from Cambodia a rather strange way of preparing coffee; coffee “addicts” won’t stop looking for tricks to make coffee more awesome. The trick she found involves pouring out some yogurt on brewed coffee.
Can I eat yogurt with coffee?
I immediately thought that the idea was repulsive; I disliked how the cold sour milk and live bacteria in yogurt would wreak havoc on my steaming hot plain black coffee. I spurned the idea and quietly set it aside for years.
Yesterday, someone asked me if I had tried the Vietnam yogurt-in-coffee. It occurred to me that that the concoction- which, according to him is becoming popular in south-east Asia– must be the weird yogurt-coffee idea my niece had brought home from Cambodia.
I made some researching and I found cool facts about yogurt in coffee:
1. Yogurt or yoghurt or yoghourt are the same thing. The terms refer to a somewhat sour, edible liquid made of milk that got fermented with the addition of good bacteria. Sugar and fruit extracts were added to make its flavor acceptable to different types of palate.
2. Yogurt is an energy-giving food that contains: carbohydrates,fat, protein,vitamins A, beta-carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, chlorine, B-6, B-12,C,and mineral calcium.
3. Yogurt has been-reportedly without complications- mixed into salmon, falafel sauce, pisco, gin, vodka, milk shake, smoothie and coffee.
4. Drinking yogurt with coffee is just like drinking coffee with milk accompanied by live good bacteria.
5. To prepare the Vietnamese Yogurt Coffee, you need:
Coffee and yogurt recipe
2. Plain yogurt
3. two teaspoons of condensed milk
4. a teaspoon of coconut milk
5. 1 slice of lemon
6. chipped ice
B. Tools and Utensils:
4. Gradually pour the cold coffee to the yogurt and ice chip mixture in the pitcher. 6. You can also prepare a yogurt-coffee drink by mixing a desired amount of yogurt with a desired amount of coffee. You may add milk and vanilla. You may view in YouTube how to prepare this “hot or cold drink”.
Remember that bacteria stop growing at 8 degrees Celsius and below and at 63 degrees Celsius and above; bacteria get killed at 100 degrees Celsius and above (boiling point). Therefore, the Vietnamese yogurt coffee concoction or any yogurt-coffee concoction won’t kill the good bacteria in yogurt if the coffee temperature doesn’t reach the boiling point of water. Keeping the good bacteria in yogurt alive is desired because the live bacteria in yogurt are said to aid in digestion and these kill bad bacteria in the gut.
Can you substitute yogurt for creamer?
Can I eat yogurt with coffee?
But wait. There’s a school-of-thought that won’t approve eating yogurt and drinking coffee at the same time. This group believes that “optimal digestion is achieved by pairing foods with similar digesting times and pH level and that dairy foods including cow’s milk should be eaten separately[^4]”. The group’s claims appear to have sense; however, the group didn’t present scientific evidence to bolster the claims. It’s up to you what to believe.