Yes, you read that right! Okay, so you might be wondering what coffee has to do with luxury, let alone what a badass coffee has to do with luxury… but if you’re a coffee lover, then a reaaaally good cup of coffee IS a luxury, and one you don’t want to do without.
So, I’ve been hearing and seeing the word “badass” used a lot lately. It’s a good word. It has a certain “can’t be ignored” kind of quality. After seeing it used while enjoying my coffee recently, it got me thinking… you know, my coffee IS pretty badass – decadently delicious, while at the same time, packed full of powerful medicinal nutrients. I dare you to find anything at Starbucks that even comes close (which by the way used to be my absolute favorite, along with a little organic half and half cream)…
Want to know what makes my coffee so badass?
First, the Urban Dictionary has something to say about what a Badass is: “Unspoken Rules of Being a Badass”
- First rule of being a badass: a badass does not talk about being a badass. Period. (By the way my coffee is not the one referring to itself as a badass,. That’s all me!)
- Second rule of being a badass, a badass does not try to be a badass or look tough. A badass simply IS (emphasis mine) a badass.
- (Third) a badass stays true to themselves always. This means being themselves for themselves, and not being fake to impress others. (My badass coffee’s not trying to impress anyone)
- (Fourth) a badass does not give up. Badasses will always push themselves for the better, no matter how hard it gets.
- (Fifth) A badass knows his/her limits. Don’t be stupid, you’re not Superman, you’ll die if you jump off a building. (i.e. ONE cup of badass coffee will not cure the plague …)
The urban dictionary also has a few definitions for badass:
- Ultra-cool motherf***er.
- The badass carves his own path. He wears, drives, drinks, watches, and listens to what he chooses, when he chooses, where he chooses, uninfluenced by fads or advertising campaigns…
- Used to describe one who totally owns who he/she is, is uninhibited in who they are and doesn’t let what other people think affect his/her actions/decisions. (My badass coffee knows what it is and doesn’t care what others think)…
- Oh, and one more definition of a badass – Infinitely cool, über awesome, hardcore to the extreme. (Yup! That’s about right)
Thanks urban dictionary!
So here’s how my coffee is so Badass:
First it begins with organic and fair traded coffee beans. Organic is important because coffee is sprayed with more pesticides than any other agricultural crop. And fair trade means the farmers are getting paid a fair price. Plus, if it’s organic, farmers are also not getting exposed to the harmful chemical pesticides, so you’re helping to save farmers’ lives too (Researchers at the National Cancer Institute have found that farmers have elevated rates of several types of cancer that are associated with chemical exposure, including pesticides)
Second, the water used for my coffee is chaga mushroom tea. Chaga mushroom is one of the top medicinal mushrooms and has some major immune building properties, among other amazing health benefits too numerous to mention here (see below). Chaga has a fairly neutral taste, so it doesn’t interfere with the true coffee flavor but provides soooo much more…
Once brewed, I add a pinch of sea salt. And that’s SEA salt. The regular salt won’t do here, since all of its trace minerals have been removed. Pink Himalayan Salt is also a good one to use because it hasn’t been refined and still has all of its trace minerals. The salt is intended it to help minimize any potential negative effects the caffeine could pose ie. adrenals.
I then add 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of Reishi powder. Reishi is one of the top medicinal mushrooms used in Chinese medicine, with a 2000 year history of recorded use and benefits. Reishi has a legendary status in the Orient because of its ability to profoundly affect so many aspects of your life in a positive manner. Reishi mushroom is also known as the “Mushroom of Immortality”. It has immune enhancing properties, anti-aging properties, promotes calmness and balance, improves focus, and then some. See more below. Reishi powder has a slightly bitter flavor, similar to the bitterness in coffee, so it blends in nicely.
I then add ½ teaspoon of Ho Shou Wu, aka He Shou Wu, aka Fo Ti, a tonic herb used in Chinese medicine that is anti-aging, helps the adremals, calms the nervous system, provides antioxidants and increases energy, is anti-inflammatory, immune and adrenal enhancing and tonifying to the organs. It also has a 2000 year history of recorded use and benefits. Similar to the Reishi, Ho Shou Wu has a slight bitterness that blends in well with the bitterness of the coffee.
And finally, my non-dairy creamer, which is as rich and creamy as the half in half I used to put in my coffee, but again, without any of the negative effects of dairy.
All real flavor. All real food. All real nutrients.
Easy right? Indulgence that’s good for you… now that’s the good life!
What has your coffee done for you lately?
My Non-Dairy Creamer recipe
dedicated to Mikey, the original Badass