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Will adding kefir to coffee destroy the good bacteria?

Asked on August 04, 2016
Created December 05, 2012 at 10:28 PM

I've just started making my own kefir using cows milk for the first batch but plan to branch out into making goats milk and coconut kefir as time goes on. My question is, if I were to add my kefir to my morning coffee, will the heat kill the good bacteria or minimise the effectiveness of the kefir? Is it best to drink kefir on its own to extract the full benefits?

Does anyone drink their coffee and kefir together this way?

C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

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on February 07, 2013
at 11:51 PM

I tried this too... same thing happened! I gulped some of it down because I needed the caffeine, but it was horrible!

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

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on December 07, 2012
at 02:38 AM

ahhh... i love you guys. Sometimes I get all high on paleo and start concocting these crazy ideas, like exhibit A above. But you bring me back down to earth

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on December 06, 2012
at 09:18 PM

Properly fermented kefir smells like gym socks and it's sour (tastes good, though!). I don't think I'd enjoy sour coffee.

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on December 06, 2012
at 09:24 AM

That sounds like it would ruin a good cup of coffee!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on December 06, 2012
at 05:17 AM

It must taste awful. My rule of thumb - if it does not taste good - DON"T DRINK IT, it just cannot be good for you. Just add cream to your coffee.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on December 05, 2012
at 11:05 PM

I haven't actually tried the taste test yet since I only made my first batch this morning. So yeah, just curious if anyone can shed light before I make myself hurl and waste my time culturing the kefir to only destroy the hard work of the little critters.

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on February 07, 2013
at 09:54 PM

Ha--I tried this before coming across this post! ...And before realizing that the heat would kill the bacteria. Upon the kefir touching the coffee, what happened is that it instantly curdled and turned sour. It was so nasty, I had to dump it out. Mistakes are often best learned when someone else makes them. i.e, don't try this! :)

C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

(1579)

on February 07, 2013
at 11:51 PM

I tried this too... same thing happened! I gulped some of it down because I needed the caffeine, but it was horrible!

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on December 05, 2012
at 10:38 PM

Sounds like it would taste terrible, but to each his or her own.

I think if the coffee is over 110 degrees F you might kill the beneficial probiotics--I'm basing that on the temperature at which culture for yogurt is said to be killed off (actually a little higher, but 110 to be on the safe side).

It will be interesting to see if anybody has research on this.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on December 06, 2012
at 05:17 AM

It must taste awful. My rule of thumb - if it does not taste good - DON"T DRINK IT, it just cannot be good for you. Just add cream to your coffee.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on December 05, 2012
at 11:05 PM

I haven't actually tried the taste test yet since I only made my first batch this morning. So yeah, just curious if anyone can shed light before I make myself hurl and waste my time culturing the kefir to only destroy the hard work of the little critters.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on December 06, 2012
at 09:18 PM

Properly fermented kefir smells like gym socks and it's sour (tastes good, though!). I don't think I'd enjoy sour coffee.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on December 07, 2012
at 02:38 AM

ahhh... i love you guys. Sometimes I get all high on paleo and start concocting these crazy ideas, like exhibit A above. But you bring me back down to earth

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on February 07, 2013
at 10:09 PM

Kefir just tastes like sugarless milk to me, if it's overly sour you've probably fermented it too long

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5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

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on December 05, 2012
at 11:23 PM

Yes. Heat destroys bacteria rendering it useless to your body. Just add the kefir after the coffee cools down:)

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on July 29, 2016
at 01:06 PM

Lol I had the idea of putting kefir in my coffee and I found this forum. Thanks for all the comments. 

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51cbe71b77cae5c8c0bd9467bc600fc5

on August 21, 2013
at 10:51 PM

Kefir milk tastes like sour milk, I still can't get used to the taste, but I suck it up for the health benefits!

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