Coffee Soup


I brew coffee in a French press and pour it into a blender. With a tablespoon I take a large amount of coconut oil and place it in the hot coffee. The heat slides it off the spoon. I often stop there, but one can always carry things beyond.

The full recipe which I am writing down for the first time right now goes further. I add a tablespoon of butter or some cream, but not always, and then spices because if I don’t eat them they will stay on the shelf: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, black pepper, turmeric and pink salt.

I blend these ingredients for a few breaths and pour it into a mug. I wonder if it is still coffee? It doesn’t taste like a colada or Cuban espresso which wakes me up, since I drink it alone, on those dawn walks when I wait for the sunrise with the birds. It might even be a kind of soup, but the buzz of clarity that aligns my awareness to reality tells me it doesn’t matter.


Text: Linked to dVerse Poetics. Paul is hosting with the theme of poems about drinking.

Photos: “Berries”, above, “Winter Vegetation”, below.

Winter Vegetation

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

53 thoughts on “Coffee Soup”

  1. That’s an amazing recipe, Frank. I’ve been trying to imagine what it smells and tastes like but I don’t think my imagination could do it justice! And that is a lovely haiku with berries and tiny birds.

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    1. Before I would only drink coffee black, the stronger the better. Then I heard about a keto recipe with coconut oil. Then I heard about all those spices. Apparently they are all good for something (and hopefully not bad). So I just kept adding in more figuring I’ll get this goodness all at once. I used the haiku to tie the text with the photos. Thank you!

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    1. I was told to try coconut oil because of a “keto diet”. Putting it in the blender makes it seem less greasy and that is how the soup started. Now it tastes great. The turmeric has a very overpowering flavor. Now it tastes great, too. Thanks, Mary!


    1. It is rather unique. Even the people I heard about this from didn’t get this elaborate. Basically, if someone said something was “good for me”, I put it in the blender with the coffee–just in case it was. Thank you, Dwight!

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    1. Before I started this drink, I had spices that sat on the shelf since the last holiday when they might have been briefly used. They are now half gone. Thanks, Mark!


    1. It does take time to do this right, whatever “right” means, but it has become habitual. I have a ritual about how long to let the blender run. I take two deliberate deep breaths to remind myself to breath every now and then even when I’m not making coffee. Thank you!


  2. That is quite a recipe Frank! Just reading it made my eyes pop. (I’ve tried cinnamon, and cardamom is very tasty .. turmeric would be new) Nice conclusion with your haiku that notices the smaller details in nature.

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    1. I haven’t tried cardamon. I’m not sure what it is, but we don’t have it at the moment. Turmeric overpowers the taste and the yellowish color of the drink, but it tastes very good (after you get used to it, that is). Thanks, Janice!

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      1. Cardamom is one of the aromatic spices like cinnamon, cloves ginger etc. You can get it ground or as little seeds in a white pod…I grind the seeds with a pestle…the flavour goes well with coffee and also chai tea.

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  3. I am intrigued by the recipe and the way you describe it, the ritual of making it is as important as the drink itself. I have never put butter in coffee, it seems an odd thing to do, now I might have to experiment.

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    1. That part of the recipe came from a keto diet recipe I saw somewhere. Another keto recipe said to use coconut oil. The other ingredients people said, at one time or another, were “good for me” and so I figured, why not? Thanks, Alison!

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  4. SMiLes.. loSing effective use
    of eyes and ears regaining sight
    And hearing i became longer A
    i Must wonder
    if i ever regain
    the flavors of
    my taste..
    i become
    a Chef neXt..
    BuT it’s True..

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