Coffee + Ayurveda: How To Customize Your Cup Of Coffee

Ayurveda + Coffee: How To Customize Your Cup O’ Joe

Coffee: Ayurvedic Qualities

Coffee has a bitter (cold, dry, & light qualities) taste, which is imbalancing for vata, but balancing for pitta and kapha. The bitter taste is a blood purifier (blood ruled by pitta), detoxifies the body, liver tonic (liver ruled by pitta), depletes tissues (kaphas tend to have excess tissues), especially reproductive tissues.

In simple terms, bitter increases vata because it will increase the cold, dry & light qualities. Vatas need to stay warm, unctuous, and heavy, so too much coffee will be their worst enemy. The manic, scattered, jittery folks that drink coffee are most likely high vata. On the flip side coffee will cool pitta, while it dries and uplifts kapha! See the beauty of how this works?

How To Customize Your Cup Of Coffee

VATA COFFEE: Vatas need lots of warm milk in your coffee to balance the bitter qualities. Start with at least 1/2 mug of warm milk and add brown sugar, stir, then add the coffee. If the coffee is strong, add warm water to your milk and then a splash of coffee. Coffee should amount to no more than 1/2 mug. This way you get a taste of the coffee, but overall this is a nourishing, calming drink for vata without sending anxieties through the roof. As a mega-bonus, vatas can add ghee to their coffee. Their coffee should always be hot.

PITTA COFFEE: Pittas can also make vata coffee because pittas will benefit from the sweet taste from milk and sugar. Pittas can handle a slightly darker coffee with a little less milk. They won’t get as anxious as vata with stronger coffee because pittas are more sturdy. Pittas are sort of in the middle. The people who are angry or crabby before their morning coffee are likely to be pitta people, because they need the bitter taste in coffee to “cool” them down. Pittas can also have an iced coffee during summer. Pittas can also add ghee to their coffee!

KAPHA COFFEE (how fun is that to say): Kaphas will actually feel uplifted from drinking coffee, rather than manic like vata. Kaphas need a little kick because they don’t like to move. They can enjoy a stronger coffee, but it should be pretty dark with less milk. Milk and sugar are not friends for kapha. The heaviness and sweet taste will have them craving sweets all day long. If kaphas need a sweetener, they can use honey (drying, scraping, heating)! Mind you, kaphas would love to tip the sugar shaker and hold for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5+ seconds until their drink tastes like candy. But if kaphas use the bitter taste in coffee to their advantage, they can get the energy they need without the sugar crash.


Monica Bloom is an Ayurvedic practitioner who studied Ayurvedic Sciences from Kerala Ayurveda Academy. She also studied in Kerala, India where she gained certification in Panchakarma (cleansing therapies). She actively shares Ayurvedic wisdom through her blog, Her new book 'In Your Elements: A Blooming Ayurvedic Guide to Creating Your Best Life' is a delightful and contemporary take on how to incorporate ancient Ayurvedic practices into your everyday life.


  1. Kapha Coffee… I dare you to try saying that 5 times fast. But yes, that does sound lovely! I’d like to give it a try.

  2. Will pitta type be ok with skipping breakfast with bulletproof ghee oil coffee and actually see weightloss ?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Hetal, Thanks very much for your question. All we can say is that you may combine black coffee with ghee or coconut oil to counter its pitta aggravating effect. The usual dose of ghee or oil is 1 to 2 teaspoons. We cannot comment on whether it could replace your breakfast. For that you will need to see a registered dietician.
      Best of luck!

  3. I am a pitta. Can I drink coffee black with ghee and coconut oil like bulletproof. Because milk is not recommended in bulletproof for weightloss. Also how much ghee/oil so I don’t end up gaining weight. And is this a meal replacement as bulletproof diet recommends replacing breakfast with this coffee. Will pitta type

    • Hi per my views pittas should not skip any of the meals though you can always choose desirable stuff for the breakfast ..and coffee be it any varient can never substitute for the breakfast..its just a stimulant which can be customised as per your body constitution that is what probably this article also suggests .


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