What is Egg Coffee and Why You Should Try It?
Leave the frying pans and the egg cookers aside, make some room for eggs in your coffee.
From soft boiled to frittatas, eggs are a staple in every household. There’s no such thing as a Sunday morning without the help of a couple of eggs to get you started. That fresh farm smell is something that gets you jumping out of bed in a moment. Between the fresh eggs and the smell of quality coffee, those two are at their best when combined.
Vietnamese Egg Coffee
Vietnamese Egg Coffee, or ca phe trung, is traditionally prepared with egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and coffee. It is commonly made at home and served in cafes throughout Vietnam.
The legend goes that because fresh milk was in short supply after the Vietnam War due to the trade embargo, whisked egg yolk was used as a milk replacement.
Since Vietnamese Egg Coffee is made with both egg yolks and condensed milk, it is often associated as having a flavor similar to that of eggnog, for it too is made with egg yolks and milk. The only difference between the two is that in the Vietnamese Egg Coffee there is of course coffee buried underneath all that creamy goodness.
How to make it?
The drink is made by beating egg yolks with sweetened condensed milk for about 10 minutes until it becomes airy and creamy. Then, pour half a cup of black coffee into a mug, followed by a similar amount of the egg cream. It is up to you if you decide to mix it or drink with the cream on top.
Scandinavian Egg Coffee
Scandinavian style Egg Coffee is mostly known in the Midwest part of the U.S., but not commonly made outside of this area of the country. According to legend, this way of making coffee started en route from Sweden to America in the late 1800s. It has become some sort of a tradition for Lutheran church gatherings of Scandinavian-Americans in the Midwest, sometimes referred to as "church basement coffee."
Compared to the Vietnamese Egg Coffee, Scandinavian Coffee uses the whole egg to make their coffee, not just the egg yolks. It is also mixed into the coffee making process rather the poured on top.
How to make it?
Crack an egg into a small bowl and beat it until thoroughly blended. Then mix the egg into your instant coffee or coffee grounds. Place the mixture into a stove-top coffee pot and bring to a boil. Once it it's boiling, turn the heat off and leave it for a few minutes and only then serve. It you made it with coffee ground, make sure to avoid pouring them into your mug.
Why you should try it
Ever since you were a little kid you learned to eat your eggs for they carry vitamins in them that you need to grow big and strong. Some people love them raw, some will only eat them cooked a certain way, and some people will only eat them when they are in a baked good. Whichever way you choose to eat your eggs it is important to eat them to give your body the nutrients it needs.
As good as they may seem, why would anyone want to drink them in their coffee, let alone try it? It might seem like a bad decision, but eggs in your coffee are actually extremely delicious. When adding eggs to your brewed coffee, the eggs give the coffee a rich flavor making it nice and creamy.
Aside from being out right delicious, eggs in your coffee also improves the overall taste of your coffee for the better. When the eggs are heated, they absorb the bitter taste that is associated with coffee and make the brew taste that much more authentic.