Can You Put Yogurt In Coffee? Answered

This article will answer your question, “can you put yogurt in coffee?” Plus, I also have three homemade recipes to share so you can make coffee yogurt at home.

Can you put yogurt in coffee
Yogurt in coffee tastes wonderful as long as you know how to combine them

Are you out of milk and creamer and wondering, can you put yogurt in coffee? You can put yogurt in coffee, exactly like how you put milk in coffee. They will work well together and taste wonderful as long as you know how to combine them the right way.

Some people are worried that the sour taste and living bacteria in yogurt would negatively impact hot black coffee. Therefore, the most important thing is to be careful with the temperature of your coffee and yogurt. 

In this article, I will explain what’s going to happen when you put yogurt in coffee. Plus, I also have three incredible coffee yogurt recipes to share so you can try them at home.

Can You Put Yogurt In Coffee: A Sharp Flavor With Distinctive Tanginess

Yogurt contains probiotics and other healthy living bacteria, meaning it’s completely safe to combine it with coffee. If you’re unsure how much to use, start small with a teaspoon of yogurt and work your way up if you like it. I usually opt for either plain or sweetened yogurt without any flavors since I want to keep the authentic, beautiful coffee flavor intact.

If your coffee is freshly brewed, let it cool a little before adding yogurt. Otherwise, yogurt will curdle.

Flavor-wise, yogurt will enhance the acidity in coffee with its distinctive tanginess. Therefore, the mixture will have a pungent, sharp flavor, so be super careful with the ratio as well as the type of coffee and yogurt you use in the mixture.

Out of many types of yogurt, Greek yogurt is the safest bet, especially homemade Greek yogurt. It has a thick, strained texture that can’t be found in other kinds. Greek yogurt also contains more protein, approximately twenty-two grams for every seven ounces.

You might also enjoy our round-up of the most popular coffee creamer flavors and vegan alternatives to coffee creamer

Does Coffee Kill Probiotics In Yogurt?

Your morning cup of java does not kill probiotics in your gut, so there’s nothing to worry about. However, note that probiotic bacteria in yogurt will die if heated past 130°F. Make sure your coffee is not boiling when you mix it with yogurt.

According to a 2022 study, when adding different concentrations of coffee extract to yogurt to test the probiotic potential fluctuation, the yogurt retained a lactic acid bacteria count above one million CFUs per millimeter. On top of that, the research also found that coffee could help prevent the growth of mold in yogurt and enhances yogurt’s shelf life.

3 Coffee Yogurt Recipes You Can Try At Home

Yogurt Espresso With Cocoa Powder


  • Sixteen ounces of Greek yogurt of choice
  • A double shot of espresso at room temperature or cold
  • Two tablespoons of sugar or sweetener of choice
  • One and a half tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • Cranberry juice or lime juice and honey to drizzle.


  • A fork
  • A cup
  • A tablespoon to stir and serve


Step 1: Prepare The Mixture

Sugar and cocoa powder in spoons on rustic wooden background
Combine sugar with cocoa powder

Combine sugar or your sweetener of choice with cocoa powder in a cup. Pour espresso on top and finely stir with a fork until combined. Stop when the sugar is completely dissolved.

Keep the mixture chilled in the fridge or let it rest on the tabletop until cool. Slowly add the espresso mixture to the yogurt, and beat it with the fork until blended.

Step 2: Prepare To Serve

When served, drizzle it with cranberry juice or lime juice and a dash of honey on top. Sprinkle more cocoa powder up to your liking.

Soothing Morning Coffee Smoothie


  • A quarter cup of brewed coffee cooled to room temperature 
  • One sliced banana or half an avocado
  • Half a cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • A teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Ice cubes
  • Two teaspoons of sugar or sweetener of choice


  • A cup or a smoothie bowl
  • A blender
  • A tablespoon 


Step 1: Make The Blend

Pop the banana, yogurt, sweetener, vanilla extract, ice cubes, and coffee into the blender and let it blend until combined.

Step 2: Prepare To Serve

Take the finely blended puree out of the blender and add it into a cup or smoothie bowl to serve. If you want to change things up, add some diced dates. You can add half a tablespoon of chocolate syrup to enhance the sweetness.

Classic Vietnamese Yogurt Coffee


  • Two tablespoons of Vietnamese ground coffee
  • Half a cup of hot water
  • A cup and a half of plain regular yogurt
  • Four tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk
  • Crushed ice


  • A Vietnamese coffee drip filter
  • A coffee cup or glass
  • A bowl
  • A spoon 


Step 1: Brew The Coffee

Add the Vietnamese ground coffee to the bottom of the filter chamber and gently push the filter press on top of the ground coffee. Let the hot water run through the grounds slowly, then stop and wait until the coffee fully absorbs the hot water and blooms.

Add more hot water, up to three-fourths of the chamber. Let the coffee liquid drip into the glass.

Wait for the brew to finish. This process may take about five minutes.

Step 2: Make A Yogurt Mixture

Add condensed milk to the yogurt stored in a bowl and gently mix until combined. Divide the mixture into serving glasses. Adjust the flavor as you like.

Step 3: Prepare To Serve

Once the coffee is ready, slowly pour it into the yogurt mixture. Add crushed ice on top and serve.

Coffee And Yogurt Facial And Body Mask

Other than making a stellar drink, yogurt with coffee can also be used as a homemade, easy face mask. They are some of the best ingredients for exfoliation to get rid of dead skin cells on your face and body.

Woman enjoying a coffee scrub massage at the spa
Best ingredients for exfoliation to get rid of dead skin cells on your body

I usually apply this mask once a week. The moisturizing effects in the mask will leave my skin looking brighter and feeling smoother.

Nutrition-wise, the lactic acid content in yogurt can break down dead skin cells. Meanwhile, the coffee ground acts as a natural exfoliant itself. The caffeine content in coffee can help to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and skin pigmentation.


  • A quarter cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • Two teaspoons of ground coffee 


  • A fork
  • A bowl
  • A clean, soft towel


Step 1: Combine The Ingredients

Mix yogurt and coffee in a bowl with a fork until fully combined.

Step 2: Apply To Your Face

Gently put the mixture all over your face with your hands and gently rub it for a few minutes. Don’t rub too hard. Otherwise, the coarse coffee bits will hurt your skin, especially around sensitive areas such as under the eyes.

Step 3: Rinse

Rinse your skin thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel.


  • Oanh Nguyen

    Born and raised by a traditional mama-barista, Oanh is a typical Viet coffee aficionado who would spend her entire precious Sunday showing you how to categorize coffee beans just by the looks and smells. She enjoys writing about everything drinks-related while sipping her favorite rosebud tea. Find Oanh on LinkedIn.