Can You Put Protein Powder in Coffee?

While protein powders and shakes are commonplace in the gym, you may start noticing them pop up a lot more in coffee houses and cafes in the near future. 

Many TikTok trends have led people astray with some pretty questionable advice in the past, however the latest protein coffee trend seems to only be gaining traction from both avid users of the site and health professionals alike. 

But should you be doing it? Let’s dig in.

Can I Put Protein Powder in My Coffee?

Next time you go to make your morning brew, you might want to consider adding an additional ingredient, like a nice hearty scoop of protein powder.

While it may seem unconventional to those new to hearing it, protein coffee, also known as “proffee” in the TikTok world, may actually be an exceptionally easy and convenient way to boost protein intake first thing in the morning, so long as you choose your protein mindfully. 

Additionally, loading up your java with your favorite post-workout fuel may also provide benefits such as improved exercise performance and boost potential weight loss. Who would have thought?

Does Heat Destroy Protein Powder?

While some may steer clear of adding their prized powders to their piping hot cup of joe due to fear of denaturing the proteins, there’s no need to be concerned. 

Just like when we cook chicken, beef, or any other protein source, the proteins remain intact and perform very much the same. 

In fact, many protein powders will dissolve better in hot liquid compared to cold. But if you are a cold-brew fanatic, you may find it more suitable to add a pre-made protein shake to your coffee compared to a powder. 

How Much Protein Can I Put in My Coffee?

If you are thinking of jumping on this trend, you’re not alone. But how much protein should you plan to add to your cup? 

Because we typically consume our cup of coffee in one go, it’s best to stick with no more than the serving size listed on the supplement label. 

While it’s not required to consume the whole serving size in your coffee (2 scoops may feel like too much or not to your taste preference), there’s no need to consume it in excess. A good rule of thumb is to consider the amount of protein you may get in a typical meal. 

Most protein powders contain anywhere from 15-40 grams of protein. If you aren’t a breakfast person and this will be taking the place of a skipped meal, consider a higher dose of protein. 

If you are also consuming a small breakfast with your proffee, aim for the middle to lower end depending on if your breakfast includes a source of protein or not. 

What Types of Proteins Work Well With Coffee?

There are many different types of protein powders out there, so which one will work best paired with coffee? In the end, it will all depend on personal preference however, listed below are a few of the most popular types.

Collagen Powder

If you fear the clump or want to take advantage of the potential beauty benefits, collagen powder is a great type of protein to add to your coffee. Whether you are choosing a hot or cold brew, collagen powder dissolves well in either leaving you with a smooth and tasty concoction to start your day off right.

Whey Protein Powder

If collagen isn’t your thing, traditional whey protein powder works great in coffee. While it may not dissolve as well, there are many workarounds that can give you the same smooth taste you are looking for. This powder works great for anyone but is especially beneficial to active individuals.

Almond or Pea Protein Powder

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about those looking for vegan-friendly alternatives. If you need plant-based options but don’t want soy, almond protein and pea protein powders are among the top protein powders that mix nicely in coffee.

Is Protein and Coffee a Good Pre-Workout?

If you prefer to hit the gym first thing, adding protein powder to your coffee can help you save money on pre-workout supplements. 

Not only does it provide a good dose of protein to help fuel your muscles, but it also gives you a caffeine-boost to help with exercise performance. In fact, caffeine is a common additive in many pre-workout supplements for that reason [1].

Will Protein in Coffee Impact My Sleep?

The addition of protein in your coffee is unlikely to pose any negative impact on your sleep unless you adjust your routine to include coffee in the later afternoon or before bed or your protein powder contains additional stimulants. 

Always read the supplement facts and be aware of ingredients in your protein powder.

How to Make Protein and Coffee Taste Good?

When it comes to protein and coffee, it’s a match made in heaven. It doesn't take much to make this combination taste great. Whether you prefer flavored coffees or you enjoy it black, there’s a protein powder for you. 

If you like fancy coffees, don’t be afraid to dress it up with a fun flavored protein powder. You can also add other additives to give it flavor, such as sprinkling cinnamon on top, adding a touch of milk, such as unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or even a touch of low-sugar creamer. 

If you like a strong black coffee, look for unflavored protein powders to avoid alterations in the taste of your favorite brew.

What's the Best Way to Mix Protein and Coffee?

There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy a proffee. If this is your first time, consider what you know you like and go from there.

Many TikTokers recommend adding protein powder or premade protein shakes to espresso or traditional brewed coffee. You can also enjoy your proffee in the form of a shake by adding in concentrated cold-brew, ice, your favorite protein, and a touch of your preferred sweetener. 

If you’ve been thinking about trying out this new trend, go ahead and jump on the bandwagon. This trend is Dietitian-approved.