Here’s Why People Are Putting Broccoli in Their Coffee
Ever wondered what greens in your coffee would taste like?
Just when we thought we’d seen it all during quarantine, we’ve got another unexpected trend on our hands.
Even after years of knowing we’re not eating enough vegetables, most people aren’t quite at five servings a day yet. We definitely love our daily cup of coffee, though, so people in Australia decided to learn how to make broccoli coffee.
What is broccoli coffee?
The scientists at Australia’s chief research organization, CSIRO, created a broccoli powder to address poor nutrition and food waste. It’s made from whole broccoli, and “produced using a combination of selected pre-treatment and drying processes to retain the natural colour, flavour and nutrient composition of fresh broccoli.”
The researchers propose using the powder in a variety of food and drinks—including your morning cuppa. With just two tablespoons to equal one full serving of vegetables, we can’t think of an easier way to get our greens in! Here’s another ingredient you probably never thought to add to your coffee, either.
How to make broccoli coffee
You’d have to get your hands on this one-of-a-kind powder first, but after that, it’s pretty easy—all you have to do is stir a spoonful or two into your latte, and voila! You’ve got broccoli coffee—or as they like to call it, a “broccolatte.”
#Broccolatte anyone?? Maybe… or maybe not. You might enjoy our new broccoli powder more in spag bol. ALSO: Not only does two spoonfuls = 1 serve of veggies, it helps cut down on food loss! https://t.co/qxIr5UzJes ^EK pic.twitter.com/5lIPrDCdBC
— CSIRO (@CSIRO) June 6, 2018
Unfortunately, the powder isn’t out on the market yet, but this intrepid group of scientists decided to test it out at a Melbourne cafe, Commonfolk, with mixed results. It’s definitely a great way to get some greens in, but coffee lovers may balk at the taste, with even the most experimental finding it a little hard to stomach the taste of broccoli. Plus, don’t forget—the best way to get your greens in is still at mealtime.
While the brocolatte may not take off, its base powder can help you sneak some green power into smoothies, soups, and even bakes. It’s also a great way to combat food waste by using up imperfect or “misfit” veggies—a cause we can definitely raise a (non-broccoli) cup to. Now, take a look at this iced coffee hack you never knew you needed.
- CSIROscope: Broccoli: Better Latte Than Never