Food trends come and go; only a small number of them get their permanent place into our daily routines. We had the avocado latte just a couple of years ago. You thought that one was weird? Let me introduce you to broccoli coffee. Yes, broccoli, you read that right.
But unlike other trends, this one brings health benefits. Here are all the details on coffee spiked with broccoli!
Broccoli Coffee — What is It?
The Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns around the world have made people extra creative with food and beverage. I’m sure everyone remembers the cloud bread and whipped coffee phases of the lockdown.
Now, this one wasn't created for the sake of trying out something weird.
The broccoli coffee concept was developed in Australia by John Lloyd, partly after the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) published their report in 2017.
"With a rising trend in healthy eating across the board, Australian growers are always looking at ways to diversify their products and cut waste while meeting consumer demand. Research shows the average Australian is still not eating the recommended daily intake of vegetables a day, and options such as broccoli powder will help address this."
— John Lloyd, Hort Innovation chief executive.
The drink is made by stirring broccoli powder into the coffee. That way, you’d consume your daily intake of vegetables while caffeinating your body. It’s by no means a sugar replacement, but it packs lots of antioxidants.
Commonfolk, Melbourne cafe, started serving this coffee first, appropriately named Broccolatte. And, as you’d expect, it got mixed reviews.
What is Broccoli Powder?
Broccoli Powder is what it sounds — it's a powder made from broccoli. But you can't make it from any broccoli. The powder is made specifically from broccoli that's deemed too ugly to sell in a store.
So, instead of being thrown the trash, these ugly vegetables are dehydrated and ground into a fine powder. Just two tablespoons bring as many nutrients as you'd consume by eating the whole broccoli.
This is very similar to the story of baby carrots. Carrots that are too ugly and unappetizing-looking are eroded by high pressure and cut down into cute baby carrots.
How do You Make Broccoli Powder?
The powder is out and available, but not in all areas. Luckily, you can make it yourself. You'll need a food dehydrator and fresh vegetables. You'll want to wash and clean the vegetable, blanch it, give it an ice bath, and let air dry.
Once this is done, put it in the dehydrator for some 8–12 hours, grind up the vegetable into a fine powder, and there you have it!
The CSIRO and Hort Innovation make it in the same way, so the superfood retains the fresh veggie's color, flavor, and nutrient composition.
The Science Behind the Broccoli Coffee
As I mentioned, broccoli powder was developed to add the necessary serving of vegetables to Aussies' diets. The morning cup of Joe was the most logical and easiest beverage to mix with the powder. However, people are putting it in smoothies and meals, and snacks that lack nutrition.
But there’s another reason behind this drink's invention, besides adding the much-needed servings of veggies. Broccoli powder will help prevent food waste.
The Reasons Broccoli Coffee is a Thing
Adding the powder to the coffee made the most sense. Coffee isn't overly nutritious, and most adults already have the habit of drinking at least one cup a day. The coffee would give a piggyback ride to your recommended daily intake of fruit and veggies. Caffeinate and take the recommended vegetables a day was made easy!
The process of turning vegetables into powders and adding them to coffee and smoothies may seem simple. But you can't add random veggie powders to your coffee.
There's a reason your parents nagged you about eating your broccoli. The same reasons pushed the scientists to choose this particular veggie.
Even though it's hated, it's one of the healthiest veggies on the planet and one of the best vegan immune-boosting foods. It's packed with fiber, vitamins A, B1, B6, and E. Moreover, it contains lots of magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, niacin, and selenium.
But that’s not all. This incredible vegetable also contains nutrients associated with other foods. It's rich in calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, and even protein !
The thought of putting broccoli in your daily dose of caffeine may put you off. However, the drink is made with espresso, pulverized broccoli, and steamed milk. You can even add vegan coffee creamer to your taste. It tastes like your regular latte.
How to Make Broccoli Coffee
Pulverized broccoli is now available for purchase, or you can make your own. Make your favorite caffeine beverage, add two tablespoons of the vegetable, mix it well, and enjoy!
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Will You Be Adding Broccoli to Your Coffee?
It may be shocking to read a research project that states that the average Australian is still not eating the recommended daily, but I can bet most people aren't doing any better.
Luckily, researchers have found a way to help the farmers and grocery stores from wasting produce while providing many with drinks full of health benefits. Ground broccoli and coffee combination sounds like something you should avoid, but it's precisely the opposite.
If you're near the Melbourne cafe, lucky you! The rest of us will have to find other ways to get our daily dose of broccolate.