Turmeric Coffee

Published on: 03/02/2021

Turmeric coffee, anyone?

Golden in color and rich in nourishing compounds, turmeric is a powerful spice with a reputation for fending off inflammation in the body.  Its main antioxidant compound called curcumin – which gives it it’s golden yellow color, is where it gets its magical powers to fend off damage to your cells. Plus, turmeric bodes well for your brain and heart health, too.

It’s trendy to boost coffee with turmeric these days to give your cells some added protection against damage from free radicals.   Curcumin not only comes to your defenses by blocking oxidative damage, but it’s been found to mobilize your body’s own antioxidant enzymes to fend off damage from within.

Although research shows that a concentrated dose like what’s in a supplement, is needed to really give you the healthy kick you need from turmeric (aka curcumin) a douse in your coffee can’t hurt.  It’s important to note that turmeric’s curcumin is best absorbed with a compound found in black pepper called piperine. (You’ll find piperine included in a turmeric complex supplement).

There are many ways to make turmeric coffee, but honestly you can add whatever flavors you want!  Here’s what I use in mine. (Clockwise: brewed coffee, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, vanilla, milk and black pepper.)

Turmeric may have adaptogenic properties, which may help balance your brain and hormonal system making it easier to adapt to every day stress. Check out my cheat sheet: 6 Adaptogens Up Close. Turmeric is used widely in Indian curried dishes with bean, lentils and rice.  Add turmeric to salad dressing, chili and soups for an added healing kick.

Turmeric Coffee

Serves 1


1/2 cup milk, dairy or plant milk

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

A pinch of black pepper

1 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee

1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (optional)


In a small saucepan on stovetop over medium heat, add milk, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, pepper and coffee.  Blend with an immersion blender or whisk briskly.   To sweeten, add maple syrup, if desired.   Pour into a coffee mug and enjoy!

Enjoy eating simply,


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