Should You Put Mayo In Coffee? (All About The Weird Trend)

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Did you ever hear about mayo in coffee? Find out everything you need to know about this weird trend and discover if it’s as yucky as it sounds.

There’s a whole world of things you can add to your coffee.

Milk, flavored syrups, sugar, even chocolate.

But have you ever heard of mayo in coffee? It’s a trend that leaves some horrified and some curious. In my many years around coffee, I’ve never considered it an option. But maybe I’m wrong.

In this article, let’s dive into the polarizing idea and figure out if it’s something we should all try.

Why Would You Put Mayo In Coffee?

It seems that every few years, someone adds something to coffee that makes the rest of us scratch our heads. Even cheese apparently pairs with coffee these days.

Bulletproof coffee (adding a scoop of ghee or butter to a brew) was one of those trends. But a more recent example is actually mayonnaise. That’s right, adding mayo to coffee has sparked some debate.

Hellmann’s actually sparked a recent debate about it by suggesting we all try mayo in our coffee.

Plus, Will Levis, the quarterback for the Kentucky Wildcats football team, went viral for mayo in coffee. A video of him squeezing mayonnaise into a coffee was posted to Twitter.

So, why would someone add mayo to their morning coffee?’

Well, for one thing, mayo is rich in fat and has a creaminess that seems a plausible addition to coffee. After all, when we add milk or creamer to coffee, we are doing essentially the same thing. Milk and cream are high in fat and are, obviously, creamy.

By that logic, it doesn’t seem too much of a stretch to think that mayonnaise could be a suitable substitute. That is, except that it doesn’t mix well with coffee. It ends up chunky and almost makes the coffee look like spoiled milk.

Does Mayo In Coffee Actually Taste Good?

Honestly, not great. Mayonnaise is made from oil, egg yolk, and vinegar or lemon juice. I’m not sure about you, but that flavor combo doesn’t sound like it would work in a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Most folks seem to despise the idea and the taste. Just look at this Twitter poll:

I don’t recommend putting mayonnaise in your coffee. It’s just not worth wasting a brew. While it’s not quite as bad, it’s along the same lines as adding buttermilk to your coffee. You can, but you probably shouldn’t.

Check out this video of someone trying mayo in coffee for the first time:

If you didn’t catch that, he said, “It’s a thick, warm, gelatinous chunk of mayonnaise. It’s disgusting.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Instead, if you’re looking for a fattier, saltier, and creamier style of mixed coffee, try adding a tablespoon of actual butter instead.

But I’m not one to tell you what to do. If you feel strongly that you should try adding mayo to coffee, then by all means, give it a shot.

For your sake, I hope it’s not half bad.

Another thing to consider is how healthy adding mayo to your coffee is. Keep in mind that mayonnaise is a high-fat and high-calorie food.

In one tablespoon of mayo, you’ll find nearly 100 calories and 10 grams of fat. If you’re looking for a healthy, low-fat alternative to cream in your coffee, look elsewhere.

How Do You Add Mayo To Coffee?

If you’re dead set on putting mayo in your coffee, it’s actually a really simple thing to do. After all, it’s just coffee and mayonnaise. There isn’t any special brewing.

Here’s a quick recipe for adding mayonnaise to your coffee:

  1. Brew your cup of coffee as you normally would. However you like to brew it – go with that.
  2. Add one tablespoon of mayonnaise per cup of coffee.
  3. Mix well and enjoy, if possible.

That’s really all there is to it. If you find yourself really enjoying the concoction, then you can play around with how much mayo you put in your brew. Adding more will increase the taste of mayonnaise and decrease the taste of coffee.

But beware, adding too much mayo might just turn your morning cup into liquid mayonnaise instead of coffee.

The reality is that mayo has a lot of fat. And that much fat doesn’t always mix well with coffee. That means that just stirring your mayo coffee with a spoon won’t get the desired creamy texture.

What’s the solution? Use a blender or a handheld milk frother to whip the mixture smooth.

It’s the best way to liquefy the mayonnaise and give yourself the best chance of creating a halfway-drinkable beverage

The Verdict

Mayo in coffee is definitely a wild one.

I must admit, I’m not a fan of the idea. Adding mayo to my coffee just seems a step too far.

And I don’t care if the Hellmann’s thinks it’s a good idea or that it actually might create a creamy texture in my brew. It’s the principle of the thing.

That said, you might have a different palate. So, if it sounds intriguing, give it a shot and let me know how it goes!

Looking for something else to add to your coffee? Check out our article on the best substitutes for milk in coffee!

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Craig Carey
Craig spent a year as a barista in Denver's specialty coffee world. He spends his days rock climbing, cycling, drinking espresso, and hanging around the Rocky Mountains. He still lives in Colorado.