Swedish Egg Coffee Recipe a non-bitter, clear, light, creamy, and smooth taste. Similar to the flavor of Nitro Coffee. Indeed, it has long been a tradition in Scandinavia, Scandinavian descendants, and Lutheran Churches in America for many years. Needless to say, in my house, it was often reserved for company. I know it may sound odd or weird if you are not Scandinavian. However, the egg helps to remove the impurities and bitterness from the coffee. Thereby, it makes one of the smoothest and lightest cups of coffee you will ever have. The impurities of the coffee bind with the egg.
Swedish Egg Coffee Recipe:
One of the most interesting things about America is that we keep cultures, traditions, and customs alive. For instance, this egg coffee is from Sweden’s past. I am not sure how many in Scandinavian countries still make this coffee. However, it is still being made in households and Lutheran Churches in America.
Believe it or not, I have heard it called Swedish Egg Coffee, Norwegian Egg Coffee, Luthern Basement Coffee, Church Basement Egg Coffee. Consequently, I have often had it at Sons of Norway, Daughters of Norway, Vasa Clubs (Swedish Clubs), and of course Lutheran churches.
As a rule of thumb, it is advised to use 1 tbsp per 1 cup of water.
My Memories of Swedish Egg Coffee:
In any case, taking pictures for this post brought back a lot of memories of Sweden, because I used a coffee set I won in Sweden when I was a child. I clearly remember my uncle (morbror – uncle in Swedish) Enar buying me a Lotto ticket at a small kiosk in Gothenburg.
As a matter of fact, my grandmother used to pour a little coffee onto her saucer. Next, she would take a sugar cube and place it between her teeth. Then she would tilt the saucer up to her lips and suck her coffee through the sugar cube. She would then eat the rest of the sugar cube. Needless to say, she would repeat this process until the coffee was gone. It was so decadent as a child to drink your coffee this way. However, it was bad manners to drink your coffee this way in public. I am not sure where the custom comes from but it is from the 1800s. Indeed, while doing research about it I found many countries that drank their coffee this way. Interesting to say the least.
Equally important, and worth mentioning is FIKA. Swedes and their Scandinavian counterparts are the largest coffee drinkers in the world. Since Swedes are not known for their socialization. However, they do FIKA at least once a day. Swedes drink an average of 3.2 cups a day. Supposedly Finns drink 3.5 cups a day.
FIKA is a cultural thing native to Sweden. It means having coffee which often includes a pastry. It reminds me of Dr. Seuss – Can you Fika alone on a box with a fox. Of course, you can Fika alone in a box with a fox. (lol). For more information about FIKA go to Visit Sweden.
I would love to hear from you if you make this recipe.
Why An Egg Is Added:
As a consequence of adding the egg, the coffee grounds clump together and rise to the top. Additionally, adding the cold water at the end allows for a French Press effect allowing the grounds to fall to the bottom. Hence, makes it easier to pour off the coffee. Last but not least, it enhances the caffeine. Similarly, the shells help to remove the acidity as they contain calcium carbonate.
Traditionally, coffee grounds often got reused. It is believed it was brought to the United States in the 1800s before there was any infiltration system. The raw egg and cold water made the coffee plunge to the bottom making it easier to pour off only coffee.
Is it ok to drink with a raw egg?
Remember the egg has boiled for four minutes and steeped in hot water for 10 minutes thereby cooking the egg. That boiling water will kill any bacteria making this coffee safe to drink.
Swedish Egg Coffee Recipe
- 5 tbsp ground coffee of choice or espresso
- 1 egg with or without the shell
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup cold water
- * 4 drops stevia flavor of choice (optional)
First, use a big pot to allow the space for the coffee to boil. Second, blend together the egg and coffee. Crush the eggshell with a fork and add to coffee if desired. Set aside the coffee mixture. Next, boil the 4 cups of water. Finally, carefully add in the coffee mixture. Reduce the heat and allow the coffee to simmer for four minutes. Don’t let the coffee overflow. The coffee grounds will come together in a large mass that floats on top (when this happens immediately remove from the heat). Finally, pour in the cold water and let steep for 10 minutes. The coffee grounds will float to the bottom. Pour the coffee into a carafe over a fine-mesh sieve. Lastly, serve coffee. Add cream, sugar, or enjoy black.
It is important to add cold water as this is what allows the coffee grinds to settle to the bottom of the pan.
Swedish Egg Coffee Recipe
- 5 tbsp coffee grounds or espresso 1/2 the amount of espresso
- 1 whole egg with or without the shell
- 4 cups of water
- 1 cup of cold water
- 4 drops of stevia flavor of choice
- First, use a big pot to allow the space for the coffee to boil.
- Second, blend together the egg and coffee beans.
- Crush the eggshell with a fork and add to coffee if desired.
- Set aside the coffee mixture.
- Next, boil the 4 cups of water.
- Finally, carefully add in the coffee mixture.
- Reduce the heat and allow the coffee to simmer for four minutes.
- Don't let the coffee overflow.
- The coffee grounds will come together in a large mass that floats on top (when this happens immediately, remove from the heat).
- Finally, pour in the cold water and let steep for 10 minutes.
- The coffee grounds will float to the bottom.
- Pour the coffee into a carafe over a fine-mesh sieve.
- Lastly, serve coffee.
- It is important to add cold water as this is what allows the coffee grinds to settle to the bottom of the pan.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 0 g||0 %|
|Saturated Fat 0 g||0 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 12 mg||1 %|
|Potassium 9 mg||0 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 0 g||0 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0 g||0 %|
|Sugars 0 g|
|Protein 0 g||0 %|
|Vitamin A||0 %|
|Vitamin C||0 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|