Swedish Egg Coffee





Introduction: Swedish Egg Coffee

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A coffee that many Swedish families make as a tradition with egg.

Food materials:

1 Egg

1/2 Cup of ground coffee

9 Cups of boiling water

1 Cup of cold water

Step 1:

Bring 9 cups of water to a boil.

Step 2:

While waiting for water to boil put half a cup of coffee grounds and one egg into a small bowl and mix thoroughly.

When mixed thoroughly the coffee grounds should look like moist potting soil and kinda clump together.

Step 3:

Once water is at a rumbling boil, scoop the mixed contents into the boiling water and continue boiling for 3 minutes.

Step 4:

After contents have boiled for 3 minutes pour one cup of cold water into pot.

The cold water causes the coffee grounds and egg to clump together and sink to the bottom.

If desired, strain coffee, and enjoy hot.




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    37 Discussions

    That's not to suprising, I mean, it's not a tradition that everyone does and it's not as popular as lefse. Did you live in Sweden or are you American with Swedish roots?

    I live in sweden
    by lefse do you mean the Norwegian flatbread?

    I don't think so... it's like a tortilla but made with riced potatoes. Then a creamed butter/sugar mixture is spread on it. Some people layer it, others roll it up. It's a Christmas staple for my German/Norwegian family.

    I'm also Swedish, and I have traveled and lived most places here - never heard of this drink. I believe this is a "Scandinavian-American" tradition - in other words it is a tradition of families of Scandinavian heritage in the USA Midwest rather than a current Swedish occurrence.

    X22 You are quite probably right.

    yztay: Yeah, the potato flat bread.

    My family is from the midwest, we are all Scandinavian-American. It is a Scandinavian midwest tradition, but normally you would put the entire egg shell in there with it too.

    a lot of people haven't heard their traditional food. because of big food chains...


    1 year ago

    I had my first Swedish egg coffee when I was around 5 or 6 years old. My mom, my aunt, my great aunt, and my great-great aunt (from Sweden) made this whenever we visited. Of course, they put lots of real cream and real sugar in MY coffee back then, and it was absolutely delicious! (We always used the entire egg, shell and all.) I make it once in a great while for myself or guests but mostly for special occasions. I like that it's low acid, too!


    2 years ago

    learned this trick camping back in the 1970s. It's great for campfire brewing. ?

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    Yeah, good way to clean up some cowboy coffee

    Excellent coffee, use the shell also though. I've made this for years. Egg coffee is known throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    You're supposed to use the egg shell...The she is what helps more so wit the bitter taste... along with the whites and yolk. it's a tradition is Swedish Lutheran Church

    My grandpa (a Swedish immigrant from the 1920s) always brewed his coffee this way.

    My Finnish great grandmother and her sister did this every time they made coffee

    My grandmother in Iowa made coffee this way although she never specifically called it "Swedish Coffee". Big urn type coffee makers back in the day didn't have paper filters, they had at best an aluminum pan with small holes in it to allow the water to run through. Since you didn't have a paper filter, then how were you supposed to get a cup of joe without all the grinds in it as well? Easy, dump some eggs in there to bind up the grinds. The egg shells I would think cut down on the acidity and since they are made of calcium, they would absorb some of the acid, and you didn't have to bother with seperating the eggs with the shells, you could just crack them and toss in the shells afterwards. When the coffee was done brewing, all you had to do was scoop out the now boiled eggs and voila! That's how it was explained to me.

    FYI to original author and all the angry Swedes: I've seen this on the web before as "Lutheran Church coffee"

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    another cite: https://somethingscookingwithlori.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/lutheran-church-coffee-norwegian-egg-coffee/

    But I also know the egg in coffee goes further back than that. I'm pretty sure I've read about fur trade era or "civil war" troops roasting their own green coffee beans in a frypan and then using an egg and cold water to clarify it afterwords.

    They even had a coffee grinder in a Sharps rifle. That predates the bottle opener on the Galil by decades.