What’s Your Stance On Broccoli Coffee?
As coffee manufacturers no doubt already know, the coffee industry is subject to all sorts of weird and wonderful trends, be it rainbow coffee, latte art, drinking out of carrots… even mushroom coffee!
And now there’s another one to add to the list – broccoli coffee and it might well prove to be just your cup of tea. According to the Independent, the company behind this latest development in the world of caffeine is Hort Innovation, which has teamed up with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Australia to devise a new coffee-based drink.
The idea is to help reduce waste by making use of nutritious vegetables that would otherwise just be chucked away, with the broccoli in this instance powdered in order to create the beverage.
Dr Mary Ann Augustin, lead researcher behind this interesting project, explained that using powdered veggies can yield all sorts of health benefits, while also proving profitable for producers when added to baking mixtures, soups and smoothies.
She was quoted by the news source as saying: “The powders are an option for farmers who wish to produce value-added vegetable ingredients for the lucrative functional food markets.”
Commonfolk Café in Victoria is now serving a ‘broccolatte’ to gauge customer reactions, although reviews thus far do appear to be a bit mixed. One punter described the drink as a “bowl of green, milky mush”, while a Facebook keyboard warrior wrote “just stop the madness! Leave coffee alone!”.
But others were keen on the drink from a sustainability point of view, saying on the social media platform that “it’s a wonder” that all the wasted fruit and veg isn’t being turned into a powder to make meals even more nutritious.
Hort Innovation chief executive John Lloyd made further comments, saying: “Research is showing 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.”
In an interesting quirk of fate, coffee grounds themselves can also be used to help vegetables grow! The grounds are actually quite close to being pH neutral as the acidity of the coffee is restricted to the actual brew. What this means is that once water goes through the grounds, the majority of this acid is flushed out.
Simply put some coffee grounds directly into the soil of your vegetable garden or spread it onto the soil before covering with bark mulch, compost or leaves. By doing so, you’ll help improve the availability of potassium, magnesium, copper and so on, as well as helping make nitrogen more available to your plants.
If you don’t fancy using them in the soil, you can use your coffee grounds for compost so it doesn’t have to go to waste. You can also recycle coffee filters in this way as well, but tear them up first so they decompose quicker.