Proffee: Everything You Need to Know to Make Protein Coffee

what is proffee

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What is proffee? This new TikTok trend is a coffee that has been enhanced with protein. This gives you the energy of caffeine and the benefits of protein all in one drink! It can be used as a way to get more protein into your diet. In this blog post, I will give you all the information you need to make proffee yourself, plus some information on nutritional benefits of this drink.

What is a profee drink?

Proffee is a trend on TikTok where you mix cold brew coffee (or espresso shots) with a protein drink. This creates a delicious beverage that contains up to 30 grams of protein, depending on the protein powder or shake you use.

Protein coffee is becoming increasingly popular as people look for ways to add more protein to their diet. There are many benefits to adding protein to your coffee, including improved energy levels and recovery from exercise. Proffee can also help you feel fuller longer, making it an excellent choice for breakfast or a mid-day snack. If you’re looking for a way to make your coffee more substantial, proffee is definitely worth considering.

Is coffee with protein healthy?

If you’re like most people (myself included), you probably start your day with a cup of coffee. But have you ever wondered if adding protein to your coffee is a good idea?

There’s no definitive answer, but there are some pros and cons to consider. One pro is that coffee with protein can help keep you feeling full longer. That’s because protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates, so it can help stave off hunger pangs until your next meal. Coffee is also a rich source of important antioxidants (1).

Additionally, protein coffee can help support muscle growth and repair (2). So if you’re looking to add a little extra protein to your diet, proffee might be a good option.

However, there are also some potential downsides to consider. One is that proffee can be more expensive than regular coffee, since you need to buy both coffee and protein powder. And, some people simply don’t like the taste of proffee. So it’s really a matter of personal preference.

Is it okay to put protein powder in coffee?

Is it really okay to put protein powder in coffee? The short answer is yes. However, the protein powder will need to be mixed with water or milk to make it drinkable. Collagen powders tend to clump less than other protein powders. Cold brew also works best for protein powders, while hot brews work best with protein shakes.

My favorite protein powder to mix with coffee is whey protein powder with vanilla flavor. But you can use any flavored or non-flavored protein you have at home. If you are using non-flavored protein, you might want to add some kind of sweetener to your coffee drink.

Best protein powder to mix with coffee

For this recipe, I used the KOS Coffee Protein Powder in Salted Caramel Coffee flavor. It’s so delicious! It’s a little on the sweet side, so you may not have to add any additional sweeteners if you prefer.

Of course, protein powders come in many flavors, and you can choose the one you like best. From vanilla, to chocolate, to even coffee flavor, there’s sure one to please your taste buds. Here are some of the best options you can order online:

Best protein shakes for proffee

As mentioned before, protein shakes work better with hot coffee, such as espresso shots, since they blend together nicely. As with the protein powders above, you can choose whichever flavor you enjoy best (that’s what intuitive eating is all about!). Here are some of my favorites, which are plant based, dairy free and gluten free: in other words, rated G for everyone!

How to make proffee

On TikTok, you’ll see people stirring protein shakes like into their coffee. Usually, ready-to-drink protein shakes are used. However, you can also use protein powder to make it yourself before adding the coffee.


  • Protein powder or protein shake
  • Milk of choice or water
  • Brewed coffee (hot or cold brewed)
  • Coffee syrup (optional)
  • Ice cubes (optional)

Cold protein coffee recipe

If you are using the protein powder, add it together with the milk or water into a shaker. Use amounts of scoops necessary for the amount of protein you want, but remember that more protein powder, the lumpier the mix may get. Shake until blended and set aside.

Mix with cold brew coffee. If you don’t have any on hand, making cold brew coffee is pretty simple – all you need is coffee, water, and time. The key to making a good batch of cold brew is to use a high quality coffee bean and grind it coarsely.

Then, add the grounds to a container filled with cold or room temperature water. Stirring occasionally, let the mixture steep for 12-24 hours. Once the brewing time is up, strain the coffee using a cheesecloth or coffee filter. The resulting coffee concentrate can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.

To make a cup of cold proffee, simply mix one part coffee with one part protein shake from above. Add ice and enjoy! You can also garnish with a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, flavored syrup or cocoa powder. You can also use a ready to drink protein shake and combine with equal parts cold brew coffee.

Proffee recipe hot

Pour your protein shake into a mug or cup. You can also use protein powder mixed with milk of choice or water if you don’t have ready-to-drink protein shakes. Now, add the hot coffee of your choice to the cup. Stir your protein coffee, so all the flavors get combined. Top with cinnamon, nutmeg, flavored syrup or cocoa powder.

Additional beverage recipes

what is proffee

Plant Based Proffee Recipe

Melissa E. Nieves, LND, RD, MPH
Start your day the right way with this plant based protein coffee recipe! It's the perfect way to energize your body and mind for whatever the day may bring. It's also vegan and gluten-free.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving


  • 1-2 scoops plant based protein powder you can also use 1 cup of ready to drink protein shake
  • 1 cup plant based milk (soy, almond, coconut, oat, hemp)* *if using protein powder
  • 1 cup brewed coffee (hot or cold)
  • coffee syrup optional


  • If using protein powder: Mix 1-2 scoops with 1 cup plant based milk of choice or water.
  • Combine protein shake (made with protein powder or ready to mix) with cold or hot brewed coffee.
  • Add flavored coffee syrup if desired. Garnish with cinnamon, nutmeg, or cocoa powder if desired.
Keyword Proffee, Proffee recipe, Protein coffee
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