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This is a blog about putting weird things in coffee. I drink coffee every day, but get bored with the same old cream and sugar. I figured I might as well document my experiments for the benefit of all humankind.

I am Phronk. I’m a writer, and obviously a blogger too. You can find me elsewhere at, or on Twitter @phronk . I write weird fiction at Forest City Pulp.

If you have suggestions or want to contribute your own tales of coffee experimentation, email suggestions [at] puttingweirdthingsincoffee (dot) com, and I may post it for all to see. The only rule is that the things I put in coffee must be things that I would tolerate eating on their own. So no, I will not put dog poop in coffee, but you’re right that it would be very weird.

Other inquiries can be sent to stuff (at) puttingweirdthingsincoffee [dot] com. Book deals pls.

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  1. August 9, 2009 8:11 pm

    I’m a big fan of coffee, but I have to admit I’m not as brave as you. I mean, sweetening with molasses instead of sugar, or something…maybe a little raspberry flavor….but. Man. You have real clankers. *nod* Best wishes on your coffee journey!

  2. August 9, 2009 9:38 pm

    A question, by the time you’ve added the stuff in your coffee and blended it, does it not get cold? Or do you heat it up after blending?

  3. August 10, 2009 2:40 am

    awalkabout: Hehe, thanks! I’ve never even thought of sweetening with molasses actually. I might have to try that, even though I have a fear of molasses after a childhood, uh, incident.

    The Ruling Numerator: An excellent question. When blending I put all the ingredients except the coffee into the Magic Bullet first, then add the hot coffee last. It blends in 10 seconds or less and you can drink right out of the container it’s blended in, so not much heat is lost. No need for reheating.

    And no I don’t work for Magic Bullet. 🙂

  4. December 23, 2009 1:34 am

    Have you tried HP sauce? I hear it’s delightful but haven’t tried it yet myself. I’d much prefer if you did it first.

  5. December 24, 2009 4:38 pm

    HP, other barbecue sauces, and hot sauce are definitely on the list. Stay tuned!

  6. January 29, 2010 2:43 pm

    ideas for you:

    ideas i’ve tried:
    whipped cream in a tub (delish)
    maple syrup and butter (also delish)
    ‘fun sized’ candy bars (snot at the bottom problem)

  7. Paul permalink
    January 29, 2010 2:57 pm

    Instant cinnamon spice would probably work best.

  8. January 31, 2010 4:41 am

    Love the blog and the ideas, sheer brilliance in my opinion! Tried the PB and loved it^^ Can’t wait for more!

  9. Patron Zero permalink
    January 31, 2010 9:01 pm

    Crushed candy canes in a cup of hot black coffee is always a post-holiday treat, also adding cinnamon red hots is a nice touch as well.

  10. February 1, 2010 9:19 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I do love maple syrup and cinnamon (separate or together) in coffee.

    Apparently yogurt is the worst possible thing to put in a hot drink, but I won’t knock it until I try it.

  11. MGC permalink
    February 10, 2010 1:42 pm

    try a clove of raw garlic in black coffee.

  12. February 23, 2010 3:50 pm

    Hey Phronk,

    If you are going to put HP sauce in your coffee you should watch the film “Intermission” to get prepared:

    I’ve got a copy you can borrow. One of the characters in it steals a case of “brown sauce” and puts it in his tea and in everything else just to try and get rid of it.

    “It’s delish man!”

  13. ronny permalink
    February 23, 2010 4:36 pm

    haha, I asked him the same question one time, Nik. Though I thought I seen it in a Guy Ritchie film.

  14. February 24, 2010 7:42 pm

    Haha thanks Nik & Ronny! I’ll have to get my hands on that if/when I try “brown sauce” in my coffee.

  15. March 11, 2010 6:59 pm

    We truly love your website, the concept is perfect!
    Just found it today and wrote a short article about it on our own blog, together with the results of our experiment with banana milkshake and coffee (not so good.. )

    Seeing forward to more posts from you!

  16. April 21, 2010 7:07 am

    You should try a fruit called durian. Welllll. Lets say, even as a favourite local fruit where I’m from, the locals still have mixed reactions to it.

    Anyway awesome site! (I love coffee too!)

  17. April 23, 2010 1:11 pm

    Thanks! Mixed reactions eh? Sounds exciting! I’ll keep an eye out for durian.

  18. Melanie permalink
    May 7, 2010 2:05 pm

    We’ve all heard of honey & lemon in tea for those days when you’re under the weather. But what if you hate tea? What about honey & lemon coffee for what ails you?

    • Anonymous permalink
      May 21, 2012 6:29 am

      Lemon in coffe would ne overly acidic. Yuk

  19. Louise Karch permalink
    May 12, 2010 7:03 pm

    Mike I met you at PodCamp and was impressed by your curiosity, dry wit and IQ/EQ. I introduced myself to you because you are one of a kind and I love that.

    I know folks both in the food industry and pyschometrics. Send me an email and let’s figure out how to get you connected to your tribe.

  20. Zelly permalink
    July 1, 2010 4:19 am

    Love your blog, I get bored and put odd things in my coffee too, so cheers!

    I haven’t done it but I’ve heard that putting orange rinds (dunno if fresh or dried) in with the grounds is suppose to add flavor. Maybe throw in some chocolate for that popular Orange-Choco flavor thing.

    • kaitlyn permalink
      September 14, 2011 7:50 am

      i think their supposed to be fresh i believe

  21. Kim Gibson permalink
    August 8, 2010 6:49 pm

    found it!

    • August 9, 2010 3:39 am

      Aunt Kim! Yep, this is the coffee blog. I hope it didn’t make you barf.

      • kim gibson permalink
        August 13, 2010 11:42 pm

        No barfing at all. I am impressed. when I was at the library, checked out the McLean’s mention. Ah, my nephew…in print in a national Canadian magazine (forget those international interests). Keep it coming Mike!

  22. Grim permalink
    September 29, 2010 12:37 am

    Just found this site, big fan of coffee so I might have to try some of these. I used to work in a coffee shop, but the only extra ingredients there were syrups like mint, caramel and Irish. Nothing nearly as mad as this, but it’s certainly tempting to try.

  23. Mokie permalink
    October 27, 2010 8:02 pm

    Hey! It just occured to me. With Halloween candy going on sale, why not give Candy Corn Coffee a shot? It might not be that bad, if the candy melts before you can feel the grit.

  24. December 14, 2010 7:31 am

    I actually put Jalapenos with just a few drops of lemon juice and hot sauce in my coffee. It tastes heavenly. Oh god, I think I’ll go do that right now. Trust me you HAVE to try it.

  25. January 21, 2011 2:33 pm

    I just tried Red Bull and Coffee…. BARF. Avoid it unless you have a sick sense of humor. woof.

  26. September 11, 2011 12:46 pm

    You may put one jigger of rhum on your coffee to add a smile on your face. Try it with your favorite coffee, you will surely love it.

  27. kaitlyn permalink
    September 14, 2011 7:48 am

    you could try some honey, i hear that it works, but havent gotten around to trying it. good luck on all your adventurous deeds in the coffee world.

    • Anonymous permalink
      May 21, 2012 6:33 am

      I love coffee with half and half so its the color if a brown paper bag then add one or two tbls of honey. Ita an orgasm in a cup 🙂

      • bobbug permalink
        October 5, 2012 1:27 am

        “Orgasm in a cup.” — things not to mention on websites about sticking weird things in coffee.

  28. Sam permalink
    September 22, 2011 2:47 pm

    Put nutella in! It is the best tastin thing in the world

  29. Tim permalink
    December 14, 2011 12:15 am

    Try Hot Damn Cinnamon Schnapps… mmmmm

  30. June 22, 2012 2:47 pm

    Add packets of hot chocolate to coffee. I use it when I’m out of milk. It tastes like hot chocolate with a kick. It’s crazy rich if you add 2 packets of hot chocolate. Add some m&m’s or a candy cane and it’s crazy good. Party in my mouth.

  31. Anonymous permalink
    December 7, 2012 8:53 pm

    Have you tried Meringue powder? A friend also swears by salted Canadian bacon in coffee. I have yet to try it.

  32. Anonymous permalink
    December 7, 2012 8:57 pm

    I’ve heard of something called Coffee Wine. Maybe that’s something you’d be interested in trying.

  33. Anonymous permalink
    December 7, 2012 9:01 pm

    I’ve heard of something called Coffee Wine. Maybe that’s something you’d be interested in.

  34. Anonymous permalink
    June 21, 2013 10:19 am

    Try maple syrup and cream, it tastes amazing

  35. Toni permalink
    July 7, 2013 7:39 pm

    what about werther’s originals carmel hard candies into coffee?

  36. January 2, 2014 5:33 pm

    A packet of hot cocoa. My mom and I called it coffee coo-coo (or cuckoo). I see Ghirardelli’s now making hot cocoa mix! Sometimes a dash of Cardamom. I can’t say I’ve ever tried real maple syrup, but I have some in my fridge!

  37. Anonymous permalink
    February 6, 2014 10:18 am

    I work for subway and put double chocolate chip cookies with 2 half and half and 2 packs sugar and a splash if coke or dr pepper. I like it

    • Anonymous permalink
      February 6, 2014 10:20 am

      If we don’t add the cookie we just call it cokacoffee 🙂

  38. Nathan permalink
    June 14, 2015 12:59 pm

    Just saw a segment on “History of the Earth” documentary series that Ethiopians drink coffee with black pepper and garlic. Have at it.

  39. Dom bankes permalink
    January 13, 2016 4:18 pm

    Hi I was just looking through your site for inspiration for a speciality drink for an up coming barista competition in the UK.
    I just thought I’d send a message through and let you know I successfully made a bacon cappuccino last year. I have the photos and methodology if you’re interested. It seems there is big interest in bacon coffee in the states…

    • January 23, 2016 9:55 am

      I’d love to see it! You an email me (suggestions [at] puttingweirdthingsincoffee (dot) com) or post a link. I had a pretty good maple bacon coffee recently, though it was a little salty, so I haven’t quite found the perfect bacon mix.

  40. December 22, 2022 8:09 pm

    Your email address was invalid for some reason, but I wanted to suggest soy sauce and coffee. I don’t think it would be that bad -some people already swear by salt in coffee, so why not something salty. I’ve been wanting to try it myself but haven gotten soy sauce yet. Hope you try and post about it!

    • January 7, 2023 5:03 pm

      That is a great idea! Thanks very much, I’ll add it to my list. I’ll also look into why my email isn’t working.


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