Want free collagen?
Join our rewards program!

  1. Share $10 Vital Credit and FREE Sampler with your friends
  2. Get FREE Samples when you first share! Plus 100 Points for each friend who uses their Vital Credit!
  3. Cash in your points for FREE Vital Collagen and Merch!
Terms & Conditions

The Ultimate Game Changer®

Our three-phase system combines collagen with premium ingredients to help you conquer every movement.

Explore Vital Performance™

Our Brand


Vital's Collagen 101


What is Collagen

So, what are the benefits of collagen? Read more

What Is Crystallized Coffee?

by grace gavilanes - January 25, 2021

If your wellness routine includes adding our collagen powder to your daily cup of coffee, you’re going to love crystallized coffee. Using a freeze-drying method that preserves natural flavors and aromas, crystallized coffee easily dissolves in both hot and cold liquids. We believe your collagen and coffee routines should be a seamless experience, which is why we dreamt up stick packs that combine crystallized coffee with collagen. All you need to do? Mix, stir into hot or cold water (or your favorite hot milk alternative), and enjoy. (It really is that easy.)

Keep reading to learn more about this elevated coffee powder.

So, What's The Difference Between Instant Coffee Powder & Crystallized Coffee?

The main point of differentiation between these two types of coffees is how they’re created. Unlike being spray-dried – which is the case with instant coffee powder – crystallized coffee calls for a freeze-drying method. To put it simply, crystallized coffee is brewed coffee that undergoes a unique drying process that prioritizes convenience, flavor and aroma. In the case of Vital Proteins x @shutthekaleup Crystallized Coffee + Collagen Peptides, the flavor spotlight is put on Ceylon cinnamon and cardamom. What makes crystallized coffee such a standout is its solubility. It’s super versatile because it easily dissolves in hot and cold water while acting as a pick-me-up with every serving.

jeannette ogden

Tell Me More About Vital Proteins' Crystallized Coffee

We’re so glad you're curious! Vital Proteins x @shutthekaleup Crystallized Coffee + Collagen Peptides was our first coffee-loving collagen collaboration, with influencer Jeannette Ogden (@shutthekaleup on Instagram). It’s a must-have for those who are looking for a convenient way to stir up a new coffee routine. Think of it as a premium brew for a busy you. All you need to do? Simply mix one stick pack with 8 fl. oz. of hot or cold water (or your favorite hot milk alternative), mix thoroughly, and enjoy as part of your daily wellness regimen.

"... I can't wait to bring a little bit of STKU into people's routines!" Ogden tells Lively of the collagen coffee collaboration. "I love to drink it in the morning after my breakfast." 

Each stick pack of Vital Proteins x @shutthekaleup Crystallized Coffee + Collagen Peptides delivers 100mg of caffeine from crystallized coffee. This is equivalent to approximately 1 cup of coffee. In addition to caffeine, each stick pack contains 10g of single-source, grass-fed, pasture-raised Collagen Peptides, 0g of sugar and cardamom flavor. 

What Is Cardamom?

Cardamom is a spice made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family. As for what it tastes like, cardamom is known to have a strong, sweet flavor profile with hints of lemon and mint.

what is crystallized coffee

What's New: Crystallized Coffee + Collagen

Taking a similar approach, our two newest iterations — Crystallized Coffee + Collagen Peptides and Crystallized Coffee + Collagen Creamer (Vanilla) — can be mixed into hot water for a convenient way to up your collagen intake while stirring up a new routine. The former is unflavored while the latter boasts vanilla notes for a flavor boost to your morning mug. Each offering provides 5g of collagen peptides and 90mg of caffeine. While the Crystallized Coffee + Collagen Peptides stick packs contain 0g of sugar, the Crystallized Coffee + Collagen Creamer contain 1g of sugar — naturally occurring from the coconut milk powder.

what is crystallized coffee

Why Collagen?

Vital Proteins fans love adding our collagen to their coffee, which is what initially prompted our desire to create these coffee + collagen stick packs. It’s the perfect pairing that promises a boost to your daily wellness regimen. Because wellness starts with collagen.** (And collagen goes great with coffee.)

Stir Up A New Coffee Routine