Last Updated on February 9, 2022 by brewthatcoffee
Proffee has taken TikTok by storm as the new way to get your protein in after a hard workout. Here is how to make Proffee and everything you need to know before indulging in this energizing post-workout drink.
What is Proffee?
Proffee is a homemade protein coffee made by combining coffee with the powder of your choice. This drink has gained a lot of traction via TikTok as a way to get in your cup of joe and protein at the same time.
It is primarily consumed post-workout instead of your typical post-workout shake, but it can be drunk anytime you choose. Some like to have theirs as soon as they wake up due to the nice caffeine kick it gives.
Although Proffee is meant to be an iced coffee, you can also make it hot. However, if you have experience using protein powder, you probably already know it isn’t the best idea. Protein powder tends to get clumped up when warm, so blending can become more work than necessary.
What are Proffee’s Ingredients?
1) Coffee – The black coffee of your choice is one of the main ingredients of a Proffee.
2) Protein Powder/Pre-Mixed Protein Shake – You can use any whey, soy, egg white, casein, or any other protein powder. It’s all up to your preference.
3) Ice – Ice is used to create a refreshing iced coffee.
Long story short, coffee + protein powder/shake + ice = Proffee.
What does Proffee taste like?
The flavor of Proffee will depend on the exact ingredients you use. Although all proffees will consist of brewed coffee and protein powder, many varying tastes can be created.
For example, if choosing a vanilla flavored protein powder or a chocolate protein powder will drastically impact the taste of your Proffee. Choose your flavors based on your preference, and you should be able to make a Proffee you love.
Is coffee with protein healthy?
It depends on your definition of what is healthy. You can definitely make a Proffee more or less healthy according to your standards. Adding more or less protein powder will change your drink’s amount of protein, vitamins, and carbs.
For more information on the potential health benefits of protein coffee, check out this article from the Cleveland Clinic.
Difference: Proffee Vs. Protein Shake
The main difference between a Proffee and a traditional protein shake is the liquid used. A regular protein shake uses either milk or water, while a Proffee has coffee.
The second difference is the caffeine content. A protein shake made with water or milk will have no caffeine in it. On the other hand, a Proffee can have moderate amounts of caffeine if you use brewed coffee or high amounts of caffeine if you use espresso shots.
Best Protein for Making Proffee
There are quite a few different types of protein you can use in your Proffee. Here are some examples:
- Whey Protein Powder
- Dairy-Free Protein Powder
- Vegan Protein Powder
When deciding which protein powder to use, consider dietary needs like lactose intolerance or lifestyle choices like veganism.
You can get a low-carb protein powder if you want to cut calories. However, a protein powder containing flavoring such as vanilla will taste much better.
Best Coffee for Making Proffee
The best coffee for making Proffee will depend on how you like your coffee. If you are the kind of person who likes to press the start button on a Keurig machine, you should stick with that in your routine.
For those who enjoy making a high-quality coffee and don’t mind putting in the extra time and effort, consider a pour-over, cold brew, espresso, or French Press method.
- Drip Machine
- Pour Over
- Espresso/Moka Pot
- Cold Brew
- French Press
How to Make Proffee
- Espresso Maker
- Shaker If using protein powder.
- 1 Cup Coffee (or 2 shots of espresso)
- 1 Cup Protein Shake (or 1-2 scoops of protein powder)
- 1/2 Cup Ice
Brew a Cup of Coffee
- Make a cup of coffee using your favorite brewing method. You can use a French Press, cold brew immersion brewer, a drip machine, etc. If you prefer to use espresso shots, keep in mind that you will want to add some water later on.Not sure what brewing method to use? Here are the most popular coffee brewing methods.
Prepare a Protein Shake
- Use your favorite protein powder to mix up 1 cup of protein shake. Use as many scoops of powder as you’d like to get your desired amount of protein.Keep in mind the more protein powder you add, the stronger the powder flavor will become. You also run the risk of making a lumpy shake.If you don’t want to worry about mixing a protein shake, you can get a pre-mixed shake from the store.
Mix Everything Together
- Fill a large glass with ice, add the 1 cup of coffee, and then add the 1 cup of protein shake. Stir everything to create a delicious Proffee.If you like to add any extras such as cinnamon or vanilla extract, you should also add those in at this time.
- Flavored Coffee Creamers
- Coffee Syrups
- Spices (Cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)
- Milk (Almond, rice, whole, etc.)
- Sugar (White, brown, coconut, etc.)
FAQ About Proffee Drinks
How many calories are in Proffee?
The total calories in a Proffee will highly depend on the type of protein you choose as well as the add-ins you put in the drink.
When should you drink Proffee?
Many choose to drink their Proffee after a hard workout, within a 30-minute window. However, some like to have it in the morning to get a caffeine boost.
How much protein is in Proffee?
The protein in a Proffee depends on what brand/type of protein you use. Check the nutrition information on the back of your protein powder’s packaging to find out the protein content per scoop.
Can you drink protein coffee hot?
Protein powder is meant to be mixed in cold drinks. Mixing protein powder with hot water can cause it to become lumpy.
But there is still hope! You can get a pre-mixed protein shake from the store and use that to avoid the lumps. Just throw it into the microwave after mixing it with your coffee to heat it up.
Another option is to use it as a creamer, but you will get less protein. Regardless, if you want your Proffee to be hot, remember to skip the ice step mentioned above.
Now that you know how to make Proffee and what it’s used for, don’t be afraid to try making one for yourself.
Keep in mind that some protein powders may not blend well with hot liquid, and some coffee additives don’t taste good with some protein flavors. Experiment until you find a combination you like.
Enjoy your iced Proffee! If you happen to have a favorite Proffee recipe that you’d like to share, please leave a comment. As always, thank you for reading.