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Coffee and Bacon

April 19, 2009

There’s nothing better than waking up on a Sunday morning to the smell of bacon, then enjoying a steaming heap of the greasy goodness with a hot cup of coffee on the side.

However, we all have busy lives, and we can’t always commit the time and energy necessary to alternate between stuffing bacon in our faces and sipping coffee. Which is why I have invented a time-saving and delicious way to enjoy your whole breakfast in one mug: bacon coffee. You, too, can enjoy this groundbreaking innovation; simply follow these steps:


1. Make some bacon.

Bacon, Cream, Sweetener

2. Add cream and sweetener. Always sweetener. Think of your heart.

Coffee and Bacon

3. Add coffee.

Coffee and Bacon 2

4. Enjoy!

This project was a little daunting at first. The world of meat-based coffee additives is, as far as we could tell, completely unexplored. It could have turned out disgusting. But to be honest, it wasn’t. The bacon added a subtle smokey flavour that did not clash at all with the dark roasted coffee. The bacon grease left a beautiful sparkly film on top and gave the coffee a creamier texture than usual.

At the bottom of the mug is a beautiful puddle of bacon-wrapped coffee.

Bacon Wrapped Coffee

The only problem is that you’re left with a large chunk of bacon sitting there, which makes it hard to drink the last bit. And what do you do with the bacon? While bacon flavoured coffee is quite delicious, coffee flavoured bacon is bland at best. I will continue to research different ways of combining coffee with bacon, such as adding bacon bits in with the coffee grounds, and blended bacon-coffee smoothies, and report back.

Bacon Coffee Bottom

See also:

The Royal Bacon Society

Pre-Made Maple Bacon Coffee

Candied Bacon Coffee Ice Cream

Added Apr 20: Look, an official Bacon Maple Latte!

30 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2009 4:16 pm

    Damn I wish I read this before making my coffee this morning. Too late now. But needless to say tomorrow’s coffee (and my quality of life in general) is looking better.

    Have you tried bacon bits? I’m wondering if maybe the cheaper varieties would dissolve in the hot coffee — or better yet, brew the bits right in with the grinds? Might lose the smokey flavour though.

  2. April 19, 2009 4:30 pm

    Bacon bits are definitely on the to-do list. The fakeness of their flavour might actually go quite well with coffee. It would be wonderful / terrifying if they did dissolve right in.

  3. April 20, 2009 10:57 pm

    You probably haven’t heard of Pirate Cat Radio Cafe’s infamous bacon maple latte:

    I don’t recommend it. But some like their whole breakfast in a coffee cup.

  4. April 21, 2009 1:20 am

    That’s awesome! Thanks dude. I’d certainly try it. Maple would add a whole new level of flavour and artery clogging.

  5. April 21, 2009 2:23 am

    At first bacon in coffee sounds gross. Then I think about it a bit more and remember that bacon goes with everything. Maybe you should eat it as you drink the coffee. Like if you had a wafer in ice cream or something… unless you’re one of those people that leaves the wafer ’til last.

  6. April 23, 2009 2:26 am

    Ewwww. I’m sitting here in the aftermath of the Knight’s season-ending loss with a half-finished coffee in front of me, and now I don’t know if I want the rest. I can almost see the bacon grease coagulating on the surface.

    Suddenly, I feel like having a cup of tea.

  7. April 23, 2009 8:19 am

    You had me on board with this until I got to the photo of the bacon in he bottom of the cup with the grease ring. In theory, it sounds pretty good though. I’ll have to bacon-up my coffee this weekend and find out!

  8. April 26, 2009 2:32 am

    I think I feel sick. 😦

  9. August 9, 2009 5:48 am

    Yeah, there just aren’t enough meat flavored drinks out there… I wonder if you could just add some bacon grease to the coffee, that might be easier, then then you wouldn’t have to have actual meat IN the cup… just a thought.

  10. imofftoseethewizard permalink
    January 29, 2010 9:18 pm

    Well, if you don’t like the fat and the big chunk of bacon in the bottom of your cup, and you’re willing to go to a little trouble, you could make a bacon broth, remove the fat, and use that to make coffee. Something like this:

    Do this the night before:
    1. Fry some bacon, say 4 strips, so that it gets that cooked bacon flavor.
    2. Put it in a quart of water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 30 minutes.
    3. Remove from heat, and put it in a jar in the fridge.

    The next morning:
    4. Run the broth through a fine wire seive. The bacon and fat should stay behind, and you’ll have a nearly fat-free broth to make coffee with.


  11. antonio permalink
    August 30, 2010 8:24 pm

    why not just refry the bacon after it´s left on the bottom of the mug? that´s gotta taste nice…

  12. October 1, 2010 9:25 pm

    Bacon seems to be all the rage these days. For a fat-free option you might want to try our Bacon Syrup. Due to popular demand, we’ll be releasing a second limited time run later this month.

    For more info feel free to check in with us:

  13. October 2, 2010 2:48 am

    I guess I’m okay with spam directly from Torani. 🙂

    But remember kids, fat-free doesn’t mean calorie-free.

    Also, thanks for the suggestions everyone! More bacon experiments are in the works.

  14. internet coaching permalink
    October 5, 2010 2:02 am

    never had a bacon dish that i didn’t enjoy. i always love bacon and coffee as well. but this i have to try first.

  15. Fletch permalink
    August 14, 2011 12:17 am

    Believe it or not I independently discovered this this morning. Was putting leftover bacon in a container and a piece fell in my coffee. After some fleeting thoughts of wouldbe tragic ends to the bacon, I simply ate the bacon dripping with coffee. I felt like shouting my culinary achievement from the rooftops, but I resorted to the modern equivalent: texting all my friends – those who would appreciate it anyway. So instead of the above option of baconizing ones coffee, do try coffeeizing one’s bacon. Perhaps one day we’ll learn the tanic acid in coffee cancels out the unhealthful effects of bacon…

  16. Matt permalink
    February 2, 2013 11:43 am

    bacon drippings in coffee blended with an immersion blender. Similar to bulletproof coffee but with Bacon drippings. I plan on trying it later this weekend..

  17. Steve permalink
    September 1, 2013 3:18 pm

    I enjoyed your post.
    One morning when I was cooking breakfast and enjoying the combination of aromas in the kitchen, I decided to add a bit of fresh bacon fat to my coffee. Fast forward to yesterday, and I learn that “Red-Eye Gravy” is a combo of coffee and ham or bacon fat.

    and you can find some videos about it on youtube.

  18. November 28, 2015 2:53 pm

    i cooked bacon the other day and kept it in a glass bowl. after eating the bacon, a thin layer of grease had settled in the bowl as you would expect. i decided to boil some water to rinse it out (why because i just wanted to) and got the idea… i put the hot water in the bowl of bacon grease, mixed it around, and poured it all into a cup of instant coffee, added maple syrup to sweeten (i didn’t have milk/cream 😦 ) and it tasted really weird and good. weird because it tasted like a breakfast meal and that is not expected with coffee, good because it was super tasty. light smoky, bacon taste, maple syrup and bitter coffee.
    i would not waste bacon by soaking the meat in the cup. that was not very smart. eat the bacon, use a small portion of the leftover grease to mix in your coffee. try it!

  19. Georgette Hillenbrand permalink
    June 5, 2016 2:01 pm

    My great grandfather always put bacon grease in his coffee. He was born and raised in Eastern Europe and we always thought it was an ethnic thing. After reading your article, I now realize that he did it because it tasted good. Thanks for clearing up this family mystery!


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