Maca Coffee Recipe + Everything You Need To Know

Let’s talk about the benefits of starting your day with a cup of Maca Coffee. This nutrient-packed drink has amazing health benefits. Maca coffee provides a natural energy boost without the jitters and helps to better focus throughout the day. This cup of joe has been shown to balance hormones, increase libido, improve your mood, and so much more that we will cover.

maca coffee being stirred in a mug

So let’s start by breaking down why you should enjoy this cup of coffee and then creating the best maca coffee ever!

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What is Maca Coffee?

Maca coffee is made by blending traditional coffee with Maca powder. Maca powder, which comes from the maca root is ground into a fine powder and then infused with coffee. The maca plant has so many amazing health benefits when added to your daily routine.

Let’s lay out the benefits of maca coffee and why so many love to drink maca coffee:

More Energy

Maca coffee can provide that energy boost throughout the day without the jitters or crashes often associated with other stimulants.

More Focus

Macca coffee can help with focus, memory, and overall cognitive function.

Better Mood

Macca coffee can balance mood swings and potentially help reduce anxiety.

Balance Hormones

Maca coffee can help ease symptoms related to hormonal imbalances, such as mood swings, hot flashes, and irregular menstrual cycles.

Increase Libido

Known to have an aphrodisiac effect, Macca coffee can increase sexual desire in both men and women.

Bone Health

Maca powder has rich amounts of calcium so it is known to help prevent conditions such as osteoporosis.

Immune System

Having vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B & C, copper, and iron, maca coffee aids in boosting your natural immune response to common colds.

Types of Maca Powder

Maca powders come in red, black, and yellow. Let’s compare the different types so you can choose what maca coffee you would like best:

Red Maca

Red Maca is often chosen for its potential hormone-balancing properties. Slightly strong and sweet, red maca powder has a higher antioxidant content. It’s believed to support menstrual health and menopausal symptoms.

Black Maca

Black Maca has a robust and earthy flavor. It is considered the strongest type of maca. It’s known to enhance stamina and endurance. Black Maca Powder is also believed to have positive effects on male fertility and libido.

Yellow Maca

We recommend trying it as starting point for those new to Maca. It’s the most mainstream and widely available type. It has a mild and slightly sweet flavor. Yellow maca powder has potential health benefits that balance hormones and energy levels.

Where Does Maca Come From?

Native to the Andes mountains, maca is no stranger to extreme temperatures and strong winds. The plant thrives in this unique environment. Maca is still primarily grown and harvested in Peru, but because of its new popularity countries like Bolivia and the United States are growing Maca.

How Do You Make Maca Coffee

You will need coffee, Maca powder, hot water, and any additional ingredients you prefer, such as sweeteners or milk alternatives.

  • Brew your coffee
  • Add Maca powder (1 teaspoon per 8-ounce cup)
  • Stir well
  • Add any sweetener like coconut sugar or honey.
  • Add your milk or plant-based alternatives

What Does Maca Coffee Taste Like?

Maca coffee has a unique taste that’s an earthy, nutty flavor. You can also describe it as having a slightly butterscotch-like flavor. The taste of maca coffee can vary as well depending on the variety (yellow, red, or black) as we discussed above.

More Ways To Add Maca To Your Daily Diet

You can create so many healthy recipes using maca powder. We love to experiment with new ways to bring this super powder to life. Check out a few of our favs:

Maca Latte:

My absolute favorite is a maca latte recipe. Combine maca powder with steamed frothed milk or plant-based milk alternatives. Add the milk mixture to your freshly brewed coffee.

Maca Tea:

Mix maca powder with hot water and steep it as you would with tea leaves. Allow it to infuse for a few minutes, and then strain.

Maca Iced Tea:

Prepare Maca tea as mentioned above, and then let it cool. Pour over ice and add a squeeze of lemon.

Maca Hot Chocolate:

Prepare your hot chocolate as usual, and then stir in a teaspoon of maca powder. The combination of chocolate and Maca creates a delightful flavor.

Maca Smoothie

Blend Maca powder with your favorite fruits, vegetables, and liquid of choice (such as almond milk, coconut milk, or yogurt), Add a little ice and blend until smooth.

Maca Protein Shake:

Very similar to the smoothie above but also include a scoop of protein powder alongside the maca, liquid, and any additional ingredients you enjoy in your shakes. Add a little ice and blend until smooth.

How much maca coffee should you drink per day?

It’s best to begin with a smaller amount, such as 1 teaspoon. You can gradually increase if desired or as recommended by a healthcare professional.

Where can I buy Maca Powder?

You can find maca powder at most health food stores, online, or at wellness and nutritional stores. Stick to brands that offer organic, good-quality maca. A few of our favorite brands are:

Recipe FAQs

Is Maca Coffee Vegan Friendly?

Yes, Maca coffee is vegan-friendly. Maca plant root is dried and ground into a fine powder. It’s important though to make sure the coffee used to mix the maca powder with is also sourced from all plant-based ingredients.

Are there any side effects of maca coffee?

While rare, some may be allergic to maca. If you experience any adverse effects it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional who can provide advice based on your specific health situation.

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Maca Coffee: A Totally Different Cup Of Joe (Recipe)

Recipe by Jenna HansenCourse: Cooking General


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  • 1 cup of freshly brewed coffee

  • 1 teaspoon of maca root powder (adjust to taste)

  • 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1 cup of milk or plant-based milk (almond milk, oat milk, etc.)

  • Optional: sweetener of your choice (coconut sugar, honey, pure maple syrup, etc.)

  • Optional toppings: whipped cream, a sprinkle of cacao powder, cinnamon stick


  • Brew your coffee using your preferred method.
  • In a small bowl, combine the maca root powder, cacao powder, and cinnamon. Mix until evenly blended.
  • Pour the brewed coffee into a saucepan and heat it over medium-low heat. Add the Maca-cacao-cinnamon mixture to the coffee, along with the vanilla extract. Stir until the powders are fully dissolved.
  • In a separate saucepan, heat the milk or plant-based milk until warm and frothy. You can use a milk frother as well.
  • Pour the warm, frothed milk into the coffee mixture and stir to combine.
  • Optional
  • Add sweeteners like coconut sugar or honey
  • You can choose from cow’s milk, cashew milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or any other non-dairy milk.
  • Top it with whipped cream and sprinkle some cacao powder or cinnamon on top. You can also add a cinnamon stick for garnish.
  • You can replace coffee with caffeine-free coffee.
Jenna Hansen
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