Category: Food

Vetiver Coffee Drink

Making Coffee

When it comes to coffee I don’t discriminate. Solid black, half and half with coffee and half and half, espresso, mocha, honey, no honey, and decaffeinated. Only rule is it must be organic.  I got into locally roasted coffee after I was gifted an Areopress coffee maker.

Blendtech blender holding coffee beans

Add oil and grind

Years back I bought a blendtec blender and have been an advocate for green smoothies. The owner of blendtec shows off all the non food items his blender can handle. We are very happy to grind our coffee in ours. When we are grinding we often add dōTERRA essential oil.

Adding Vetiver to coffee beans

Vetiver Yum

The past few years I have mixed different oils into my coffee beans. Today I tried Vetiver from Doterra. I like the taste of the oil so I figured it would be worth the test. I think it was. I ran about 4 drops in my one cup grind and it was strong enough for me.

Vetiver Coffee ground up

Other Oil

Vetiver is not the first oil I have had success with. Here are others to think about.

  • Peppermint
  • Cassia
  • Nutmeg
  • Clove
15ml bottle of Vetiver viewed in the handle of a coffee mug

Other Ways

Before you ruin coffee beans you can do a test run using the areopress. When you place your grounds in add 2 drops of oil and mix them into the dry coffee. Let it set for a minute before you go with the rest of the brewing process. Share and enjoy your fresh cup of joe.

Some of the benefits of Vetiver have been published as:

The health benefits of Vetiver Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, cicatrisant, nervine, sedative, tonic and vulnerary substance.

There are also many health benefits to drinking coffee. It would be great to see a study based on these two working together to make you calm yet alert. So get to work on that and let me know how it comes out.

Back to the kitchen for another coffee treat and to do more research on using doterra oils in a culinary way. My first attempt to add cilantro to chili only bombed because I’m one of those folks who thinks cilantro taste like soap. Hope you enjoined the idea of adding oil to your coffee and let me know if you find any combinations that work well for you.
-Derrick Perrin

Inverted Aeropress Coffee Maker

A Blue mug full of dark coffee

In this video clip I show you how I like to press coffee using my aeropress coffee maker. Thanks for watching me make coffee.

Blending Green – Smoothie Time

Yes, I continue to smoothie daily.

A few folks ask me what I put in my smoothies and that is why I put together this post.

Organic Backyard Garden

This fall when I was running my chemotherapy treatments I started to plant steads in out raised beds the night before we left. Well it was more like at 3am right after packing was done.  I would toss it out there so it would give me something to look forward to coming home to. It was a great surprise to get back home and see new baby sprouts growing.

One of my doctors wanted me to stop smoothies until completed my final round of chemotherapy. This was hard to do. I was a smoothie junkie and had made the decision that no smoothie taste too bad. Remember medicine that is good for you taste bad. That line from Marry Poppins pops into mind now. You can thank me later if “Spoon Full Of Sugar” gets stuck in your head.

I really try to vary what goes into my smoothies from week to week if not day to day. I take in 64 oz of smoothie goodness everyday.

Take care and smoothie on.


Pediavance works for me


This Pediavance stuff was a good find. Each round of chemotherapy I end up loosing fluids. If I only knew about this stuff in my college drinking days.

We will be packing and heading back to Corpus Christi today.

Fresh Coffee is Good

Coffee, Is it good for you or is it evil? Well that just depends on who you talk to. Like everything too much of a good think will be bad for you. Don’t drink it on an empty stomach and don’t drink crappy coffee.

So after watching a few online videos Kendra and I got really interested in fresh coffee. Were not talking freshly ground, we are talking freshly roasted coffee. We watched some clips that were very informative. I could write out a lot of facts and bullet points here but its best if you watch

So that got us going on finding a local supplier who could roast green coffee and deliver 24 hour fresh roasted beans. We found a guy who roasted in his apartment and we were hooked. Sure it cost more than the “dead” coffee we bought at the local grocery store. We looked at the pros and cons and freshly roasted coffee beat the low cost vacuum sealed bags from the grocery.

We found our local coffee connection was on a break and we needed a new source for fresh roasted goods. So while sitting for chemotherapy treatments at MD Anderson I made it my personal mission to find a roaster in Houston, Texas. I did and their name is Java Pura. You can find their website at :
We bought some today and will be roasting it tomorrow.

JAVA PURA featured on FOX 26 Morning News from SKYLINE MOVEMENT on Vimeo.

If you are digging coffee videos here is a good one about Bicycle Coffee

Drink happy,

Derrick Perrin

Fara Coffee – Austin TX trial


It’s coffee, it’s swiss water decaffeinated and it’s on trial around here.

When  you limit yourself to 8 to 16 ounces of coffee per day you get selective of how good taste. It’s like beer, the less you drink, the more you are willing to spend per ounce.

We will let you know how good it is.
About to areopress some coffee now.



Pesto with Basil & Almond


In the blender jar today we have pesto made with basil and almonds.

I start with 2 cups of Basil cut from the yard. I add 1/4 cup of roasted almonds. All I had was raw almonds so I soaked then in the 2/3 cup if oil the recipe asked for. I subbed the olive oil for a 50/50 olive an coconut oil mix. I was also missing the Parmesan cheese so I subbed an Italian mix and a chunk of goat cheese.
I hit the blend and came out with a nutty pesto sauce that Kendra approved of. We will test it over pasta tonight.

Anti Cancer Tea – Schisandra Berries

Schisandra Berries for Tea

One of the people outside of my family who has really been helping me with this cancer issue is Paula Wyatt. She happens to be our greatest client over the last 10 years. When I stopped in to visit her last week she offered up all the super food she had on hand. This included nuts and berries from all over the world. She has had cancer in the last few years and does a lot of research and nutrition work to make sure she never has it again.


Everything was great on taste buds but one berrie bag. Bad potpourri is the best way to describe the scent. Extremely bitter is the taste. After reading the health stats and benefits I figured there had to be a way to add this super food to the diet. Eating was just not an option. Someone mentioned making a tea and that worked out to be a great idea.


Here is the process. I heat a cup of water while a add a 1/2 cup of cold water to a spoon full of berries in my blended. A few pulses splits the berries and makes for quicker brewing. The mix gets poured into the hot water and steps for a few minutes.


Most of the particular stays on the bottom but strain it off if you don’t want to swallow the floaters.

Next week I’m going to try to mix it with mint and see if I can improve upon what we have here.

Take care
Derrick Perrin.

Blending in Bucces


We are on our way to Houston and had to stop at Buc-ee’s. We always do. This was a different because of my diet. I eat, uh I drink my meals these days. After looking all around the parking lot we had no luck finding a power plug to run the blender. My mom asked and we were granted access to the plug in the center of the store.


So we blended two smoothies why the customers scratched their heads.

Sorry folks no samples today

Meet my blender

So I do a lot of whole fruit/vegetable  smoothies. This is not juicing this is pulverizing the fruit until it turns into a liquid. To accomplish this I use out Blentech blender:

Here is a clip I shot while testing the slomotion setting in one of my cameras.

I have had smoothies out of many other blenders and don’t think I could drink as healthy as I do without my heavy duty blender. There is a company Vitamix that also sells a blender that will give you the same outcome.

Yes, It cost a lot more than your little margarita machine ice chopper. Be prepared to spend the money. Your health is worth it.