Why I Add Collagen to my Morning Coffee Routine

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    If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen my daily coffee story. The one where I pour two shots of espresso into a cup of whole milk or almond milk. The entire process, albeit the simplest thing, is very mesmerizing. The swirl of the espresso in the whole milk is like you’re watching some kind of magic or lava lamp. I have so many followers messaging me daily what the recipe is and/or what I’m making. If I miss a day (if I’m on vacation or something), then oh my goodness, the most loyal followers message me and ask me where the coffee story is. I absolutely love it, you guys!

    Who knew that my crazy idea of filming myself make an iced latte would turn into a routine that everyone wants to be a part of?

    Why I add collagen powder to my daily coffee routine and the benefits I have seen from using it daily! #vitalproteins #collagenpowder #ad

    Quite simply, this iced latte recipe is literally two shots of espresso (made in our Breville Barista Express — yes, it’s expensive but it has paid for itself more than 100 times over. Think: a coffee shop latte is at least $5 and not to mention tacking on an additional $1 if you want almond milk or any other add-ins), whole milk, and more recently, two scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.

    Over 7 months ago, I started to incorporate collagen peptides into my daily latte because I had heard great things about collagen and how it’s great for your joints. I have rheumatoid arthritis so anything that can help my joints, I’m always up for trying. Additionally, because the collagen peptides easily dissolve in my espresso and are odorless and tasteless, it was easy enough to get a supplemental boost for my joints. That was really the only reason I was taking them. I didn’t start taking them because I wanted longer hair, nails, or more supple skin. It was solely just to help my joints in any way possible because…aging.

    Why I add collagen powder to my daily coffee routine and the benefits I have seen from using it daily! #vitalproteins #collagenpowder #ad

    I honestly thought nothing of adding collagen into my daily coffee routine. It was one of those supplements that you take everyday but aren’t sure of the results. It can’t be bad for you but I never thought about the ROI of it, you know? That is until a couple weeks later I started to notice that my eyelashes were oddly longer than they ever were before — and if you know anything about me, my eyelashes are short and stubby and I have gotten eyelash extensions before because they’re never long and curled. I was trimming my nails more and my hair was growing at an incredible pace. I had nothing else to attribute it to except that I started taking collagen with my morning coffee.

    Now, I will put it out there that obviously results will vary and I’m not saying collagen peptides are the end all be all of supplements and everyone will get results like me. Additionally, if I can see physical changes, then I’m sure it’s helping me on the inside too. Obviously I won’t know about bones and joints but we’ll see when I’m older, right? And I’m definitely not having as many aches and pains with my joints. I have had people make remarks about my skin and how supple and smooth it looks (YAY!).

    I especially loved that this powder was tasteless and odorless. I’m a coffee snob and if there was any hint of flavor I would have immediately stopped using it. Thankfully, it’s 100% tasteless and espresso still tastes like espresso!

    Anyway! Since everyone (I seriously get at least two messages a day on Instagram) always asks what my “recipe” is for my iced latte, I decided to write it down below so there’s no more wondering!

    **Updated 5/1/2018: I have since switched over to use Amandean Collagen Peptides. It’s basically the same thing just far cheaper and I think it dissolves better. In the effort of being transparent with you all, I felt I needed to share this. I’m on my second bucket of it. While I do love Vital Proteins, I don’t think it’s very economical for someone who is just starting out with collagen. $40+ a bucket is pricey. Amandean is definitely more reasonable and dare I say that it dissolves *slightly* better?!

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    My Daily Iced Latte

    How I make my daily morning iced lattes that everyone is so mesmerized by!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 15 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1
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    • 2 shots of espresso
    • 3/4 cup whole milk or almond milk or whatever milk you drink
    • 2 scoops of collagen peptides


    • In a 16 oz. tumbler or similar, add ice to top.
    • Fill 3/4 of the way with milk.
    • Pull your two shots of espresso.
    • Add two scoops of collagen peptides powder to your espresso then stir to dissolve.
    • Pour espresso mixture over the milk and stir to combine with milk.
    • Enjoy!


    If you are wondering what espresso machine I have, we have the Breville Barista Express

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  • Kristin says:

    This is great. My father had, and a few family members have, RA. This looks like a good supplement to help prevent it, as well, and I’ll be sharing this information with them! Thank you for sharing and hope it helps with your pain!

    • Julie says:

      I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it’ll prevent RA from happening but from my experience, it has helped my joints. I feel looser – if that makes sense? When you get older, you lose collagen in your joints (basically kind of like when WD-40 wears out on household items) so this supplements helps bring it back! It’s like oiling up the joints! Haha!

      • Kristin says:

        Well, not prevent it but help with the pain. And who doesn’t want longer eyelashes!

        • Julie says:

          So true! :)

  • Sulis Looney says:

    I would like to have some healthy thick eyelashes too!! But how about other hair throughout our body, especially above lips? Does it have any different after consuming collagen?

    • Julie says:

      Haha, good question. Thankfully none of that ‘unwanted’ hair has had the extra growth. Interesting, isn’t it?!

  • Kathleen says:

    Silly question, but could you also make this a hot latte, frothing the milk portion, but doing everything else the same? Thank you!

    • Julie says:

      Oh yes, absolutely!!

  • Natasha @ Salt & Lavender says:

    Haha Julie I’m one of the people who love your daily coffee pour. I don’t even drink coffee, but watching your story makes me happy. I keep seeing people adding collagen to coffee etc., but I never looked into it myself… now I know! Interesting!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much!! :)

  • Debi says:

    I’m definitely going to try it!!!

  • Julie Richards says:

    I am new to your site and already love ya. I just started outting collegan in my coffee and was searching for input and yours was wonderful. Looking forward to seeing what it can do for my knees that sound like a bowl of Snap Crackle Pop going ip stairs. LOL. Looking forward to your IG posts also. Cheers!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      LOL! Thanks for the laugh today!

  • J.ann says:

    I just ordered the Amandean, but it dissolves clear..? Is there a reason it’s not creamy in my coffee? I’m new to this but I loved the creaminess of the other collagen I tried! Thanks :)

    • Julie Wampler says:

      The other collagens you’ve used may have other stuff in it that cause the creaminess. Read the ingredient label to see the difference, maybe? The Vital Proteins ones dissolve clear because that is their intent; I am not sure what the other brands have! Sorry

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Oops and I also just read that you got Amandean. Which collagen powder did you use that caused creaminess? Vital Proteins has a ‘collagen creamer’ that would be why it’d get creamy. Their regular collagen powder, and Amandean, both dissolve clear for me. Collagen should dissolve clear in drinks…your other collagens may have other stuff added to it.

  • J.ann says:

    Thanks for the replies and for the great article.. unfortunately I don’t remember the brand and threw the container away! But, I think it may have said “collagen creamer”- so I guess that is what I need to keep an eye out for- the creamer versions. Thanks again!

  • Sherri Cole says:

    I also add a protein collagen to my morning coffee for low back pain. Been using it every day for a year and it totally has me pain free.

  • Kimberly I. Montgomery says:

    I just read yesterday, 10/28/2019, where adding collagen to hot beverages essentially nulls the advantages of it to your body as it melts its benefits. What do you think?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      hmm, I think everyone can form their own opinions on what they think is best for them based on their research! i don’t have much of an opinion on this since i didn’t think it nulled the advantages based on some of the results I saw.

  • Elle says:

    Thanks for sharing!
    For anyone worried about costs but want to try, get unflavored gelatin powder. I bought a store brand for 88 cents a 4-pouch box and I’ve seen some great benefits as well. It’s practically the same thing(give or take) and cost pennies to try. I only add 1/2-1TBS to my coffee daily and I’ve seen some great results as well. I’ve always had dry lips and now they’re smooth as silk. My skin is looking and feeling great too!

  • Jeanette Fiumenero says:

    How much is one scoop? You say you add two scoops of the collagen.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      there’s a scoop included in the jar so it’s two scoops of that

  • John McCormick says:

    This is my daily morning routine every time I drink my coffee. Love this blog!

  • Patty Crosson says:

    Hi, I just discovered you by googling collagen coffee. I saw you make ice coffee, then I read it’s better to put collagen in cold beverages rather then hot. Is that true? I’m new to collagen peptides, I purchased Ancient Nutrition brand in vanilla flavor & I also purchased Bone Broth Protein in vanilla flavor. I’m in my 70’s & have soreness in my joints lately & i exercised my entire life, so i’m hoping the collagen helps & it’s not hype. I saw your recipe recommends 2 scoops of collagen, I only put one scoop, 2 scoops seems like a lot. Dr Josh Axe uses one scoop of Bone Broth Protein & one scoop of Multi collagen protein in his smoothie.
    Can you tell me where you bought your tumbler from?
    I don’t have an espresso machine but I can make iced coffee.
    Thank you, Patty Crosson

    • Julie Wampler says:

      i bought my tumbler on amazon and i don’t know the truth to the hot vs. cold beverages theory

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