Friday, June 27, 2014

The Cinnamon Snot Ball

So here is a quickie as I stare at the BrainDrool time line and realize I have been slacking...

I am an avid coffee lover.  If you recall one of my first posts, I wrote about reducing your caloric intake with changes made to your morning coffee in my post simply titled "Coffee..." I mentioned in the post that I enjoy adding cinnamon for both flavor and the health benefits.  At that time I didn't think I would be searching the internet for "Snot ball in my coffee" but here I am now writing about it.

So this is not new apparently.  Some ladies did an experiment on the phenomenon a couple years ago, you can get all the details on the blog post.  It's a pretty good experiment.  So there I am one day, getting down to the last drop of my coffee.  I take a nice big swig of it and suddenly my mouth is full of a big snot-like entity.  Luckily I have a pretty strong tolerance for gross stuff which let me keep it contained until I can get to the sink.  This was in part due to it not tasting bad.  My first thought was that the milk was bad and caused this beast to grow in my coffee.   I unleashed it into the sink and it was not pretty.  A slimy mess of cinnamon and remnants of coffee made its way to the drain.  After verifying the milk was good, I decided to avoid cinnamon for the next couple days.  And my suspicions were correct, no snot monster in my coffee.  After some searching on the internet, I found that this may occur with cinnamon.  It doesn't appear to be harmful and the less cinnamon used, the smaller the blob.  Different brands may also produce different results.  Some suggest to brew the coffee with cinnamon mixed in the grounds, unfortunately that isn't easily done with k-cups.  I suppose you can use the reusable cups that you use with your own coffee, but those are terrible.

So the next time you throw cinnamon in your coffee, just be aware that you may be greeted with an unpleasant surprise.  It won't kill you but it may cause you to hurl if you have a weak stomach!

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