To my relief Pattabhi Jois once supposedly said, 'No coffee, no prana.' So for those of us that can't or don't want to leave our caffeine habit behind us, how can we drink our sweet nectar most responsibly?
The acid from tea and coffee can irritate the digestive system, especially for the Pitta doshas who already have a strong digestive fire. Cardamom is alkaline therefore making it a natural antidote to acid and also neutralises the over stimulating effects of caffeine.
Cardamom's flavour also lends itself to coffee seeing as it has been brewed this way in the Middle East for many generations. It produces a rich an aromatic beverage.
Start by using one crushed cardamom pod per cup of coffee, you can then vary the dosage to your taste.
You will need to deseed the cardamom pod and then crush the seeds, you can use a pestle and mortar for this or cut it up very finely.
Then however you prefer to drink your morning cup, whether it be instant, filter, press or turkish, sprinkle the cardamom over your cup of brewed coffee. Alternatively, if you grind your own beans, you can add a couple of whole seeds into your coffee beans before you grind them.
If you know your Ayurvedic dosha then here is some interesting advice for the way you should take your coffee.
If you don't know your dosha, try this quiz... http://doshaquiz.chopra.com/
Vata: preferably decaf or weak, milky and sweet, this will have a grounding effect on vata types.
Pitta: cold to cool that fire! Also, have a look at cold brewing techniques that dramatically reduce the acidity.
Kapha: black and unsweetened, milk can congest and sweeteners can cause weight gain in kapha types. A bitter black coffee will kick start unbalanced kapha into action in the morning!
Try to limit yourself to one coffee per day, preferably consumed in the morning.
Happy Coffee Drinking!