Should You Put Mayo In Your Coffee Or Not? – Barista HQ

Are you ready for a wild and intriguing coffee debate? The topic of mayo in coffee has been stirring up the internet and dividing coffee lovers everywhere.

Some swear by the added creaminess and unique taste, while others can't even fathom the combination. So, what is the answer?

In this article, we dive into the history of mayo in coffee, why you should add it or not to your coffee drink, and share tips on how to make the perfect mayo-coffee blend if this sounds like something you'd like to try.

Whether you're a curious coffee drinker or a mayo skeptic, this article is sure to spark your interest and leave you sipping and thinking.

The idea of putting mayo in coffee may seem bizarre to some, but it's a combination that has been sparking debates on the internet for a while now.

Recently, it became viral again when Will Levis, the starting quarterback for the University of Kentucky, revealed that he adds mayo to his coffee during SEC media days.

This sparked a new wave of discussions and reactions on social media, with some people praising the added creaminess and unique taste while others found it unappealing.

The debate even caught the attention of Hellmann's, the popular mayo brand, who tweeted in October 2021, "Mayo in your coffee. That's it. That's the tweet."[1] CBS Sports even shared the viral video on Twitter.[2]

The public, especially Twitter, has a lot of comments on the said coffee. Many Twitter users find the mixture gross, while others seem to like the concoction.[3]

So, was the Kentucky quarterback on to something when he added mayonnaise in coffee?

Reasons To Put Mayo In Your Coffee

There are several reasons why some people might consider putting mayo in their coffee.

One reason is the added creaminess that mayonnaise can bring to the cup, similar to how butter or buttermilk is often added to coffee, especially amongst the keto crowd.[4]

Although mayonnaise is made of eggs, oil, and vinegar, the fat coming from the eggs and oil can mimic the effects of butter. However, further studies are needed to prove this claim.

At the same time, these ingredients have been used in coffee in other forms before. Scandinavian egg coffee, Vietnamese egg coffee, and eggnog latte are examples of that.

While Levis, the Kentucky quarterback, used mayonnaise in his coffee as a joke, the resulting cup became creamy.

Adding mayonnaise to coffee can bring a unique taste and texture, which some people may find appealing.

It is also a matter of personal preference and fun experimentation, as some people like to try different combinations and find new ways to enjoy their morning coffee.

Will Levis, a Cup of Coffee, and a Jar of Hellmann's Mayonnaise

Reasons Not To Put Mayo In Your Coffee

Even though stories are showing that adding mayo to your coffee is fine, this condiment is still not an excellent addition to your morning coffee.

Sure, it's a great condiment for breakfast food, but mayo is not a traditional ingredient in coffee, and some people may find the taste and texture unappealing.

Mayo is a viscous substance that is not meant to be mixed with hot liquids, and even if mixed, it will not reach homogenous status.

It can change the taste of coffee and make it unenjoyable for many people.

Some people may find the idea of the added mayo to coffee gross or unappealing and may want to avoid experimenting with this combination.

Additionally, mayo is high in calories and added sugar, making it an unhealthy addition to coffee for those trying to watch their calories.

Moreover, mayo is a condiment that has a lot of debate on whether it is healthy or not, and some people may not want to add it to their coffee for this reason.

So, if you're like the rest of America, it's best to keep mayonnaise away from your cup of joe.

A cup of coffee sitting next to a bottle of mayo

How Does Coffee With Mayo Taste? Is It Any Good?

The taste of coffee with mayo can vary depending on the type of mayo used and the method of preparation. Some people have described the taste as creamy, but with a distinct mayo flavor.

Others have found the combination to be unappealing, with the mayo overpowering the taste of the coffee.

Some people find that adding mayo to cold brew coffee works better than adding it to hot coffee, as the acidity in hot coffee can cause the mayo to curdle and affect the taste.

The taste of coffee with mayo is a matter of personal preference, and it is not for everyone.

Some people may enjoy the added creaminess and unique taste, while others may find it unappealing and prefer to stick to traditional coffee ingredients.

It is important to note that adding mayo to your coffee will add a significant amount of calories, sodium, and fat to your diet.

It is not considered a healthy addition to your morning cup of coffee. It is better to stick with traditional ingredients like cream, milk, or sweeteners like sugar or honey.

The Right Way To Add Mayo To Your Coffee

If you've decided to try mayonnaise in your coffee, there are a few tips and recipes that will help to make the experience more enjoyable.

Think of it like bulletproof coffee with MCT oil, but instead, with less research and studies.[5] So, here are some tips you can follow to make mayo in your java tastes good:

  • First, it's important to use a small amount of mayo. Start with a teaspoon per 8 ounces of coffee and work your way up. Using too much mayo can make the coffee overly thick and unappealing.
  • Second, make sure to use good-quality mayo. Many store-bought mayos have added ingredients, like preservatives and artificial flavors, which can affect the taste of the coffee. It's best to use a mayo with a simple ingredient list, and one made with lemon or lime juice instead of vinegar, as this will blend better with the coffee.
  • Third, whisk the mayo together with the coffee to ensure it is well-blended and doesn't separate.
  • Finally, consider trying mayo in cold brew coffee instead of hot coffee. The acidity in hot coffee can cause the mayo to curdle and affect the taste. When comparing cold brew and hot coffee, the former is much less acidic and the mayo will blend better.

It's important to note that adding mayo to your coffee is not a traditional way of drinking coffee and is not considered healthy.

Also, it's important to consult your doctor before making any drastic change to your diet.

Mayo in a coffee cup

Common Questions About Mayonnaise and Coffee

Why should you not heat mayo?

Too much heat can cause the oil in the mayonnaise to separate from the mixture and bubble.

What else can you put in coffee besides mayo?

The usual ingredients you add to coffee like cream, sugar, and milk. If you want something new, you can add butter or MCT oil.

Conclusion – Give It a Try (Or Not)

If you drink coffee every day or week and want to spice things up, you can try adding mayonnaise to your morning cup.

However, don’t force yourself to finish it if the first sip turns out to be bad.

While some argue that adding mayo has health benefits, it is still an unresearched domain.

Unfortunately, most people are just giving out their guess and comment on its effects. So, be sure to do your own research before trying out new fads.



Kim Fernandez

Kim Fernandez

Kim Fernandez is a freelance writer whose love for coffee goes beyond just drinking it--she enjoys writing about it too. When she's not writing, you'll find her sitting in a cafe, reading a book while drinking a freshly brewed cup of joe.

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