8 Unusual Coffee Trends
As one of the most popular beverages in the world, with billions of cups drunk each day, it should come as no surprise that coffee lovers have become a bit experimental in trying to achieve the best brew possible. While AeroPress have opted to make a classic, smooth sipping experience, other coffee-based companies have chosen to create slightly more unusual coffee. We take a look at eight of these unusual coffee trends, and what they are bringing to your brew!
Created by entrepreneur Dave Asprey, Bulletproof has become something of a cult coffee experience in the US. Bulletproof is made by blending coffee with grass-fed butter (made from the milk of grass-fed cows), and MCT oil to create an invigorating drink. Inspired by yak butter tea from Nepal, Asprey created Bulletproof coffee while on the hunt for a weight loss aid. The coffee is meant to be drunk in the morning, in place of breakfast. While you may question butter and oil’s ability to help with weight loss, drinking Bulletproof alone in the morning is said to help burn fat, following the principles of a keto diet. As well as its fat-burning properties, Bulletproof coffee is said to enhance your brain performance and give you a great boost of energy.
The Bulletproof website sells an “official” version, but as long as you use grass-fed butter and MCT oil in your coffee, it is very easy to make at home. MCT oil is a purified form of coconut oil, that Asprey refers to as “brain octane oil”. Despite its purported benefits, Bulletproof coffee is low in nutrients and high in saturated fats, so isn’t typically approved by nutritionists and healthcare professionals.
Otherwise known as coffee cherry tea, Cascara is a drink made from the dried skins of the coffee fruit. Classed as a herbal tea rather than a cup of coffee, cascara offers a sweeter, cherry-flavoured sip with a high-level of caffeine. While there is nothing illegal about cascara, the drink is still undergoing evaluation by the European Commission before it can be legally sold as a food product, so while it is safe to drink, legislation is currently prohibiting it from being sold in the UK and some European countries. If you’re heading abroad though, there are many countries where cascara is readily drunk, with the brew being quite popular in Bolivia.
Taking the coffee scene by storm in 2016, the blue latte appeals to those who love a novelty sip, and getting a great snap for their Insta! Gaining its colour from blue algae powder, the drink is said to taste like sour milk. While it certainly doesn’t sound like everybody’s cup of coffee, the algae in the latte is rich in nutrients, protein and antioxidants and has an incredible probiotic effect. Also known as the smurf latte or unicorn latte, the drink has continued to gain popularity, despite its taste. The blue latte is just one in a long line of trendy new latte flavours, with the charcoal latte, beetroot latte, lavender latte and rainbow latte all cropping up in coffee shops in recent years.
While espresso is designed to be a little shot of energy to kickstart your morning or provide a boost, a contemporary spin on the traditional coffee has found its way into cool coffee lovers hearts. The espresso tonic is a more refreshing take on this classic coffee, combining the coffee with ice and tonic water. Perhaps one to try in the summer months when you fancy a caffeine kick without the heat.
Rain Cloud Coffee
A sweet and creative way of consuming coffee, the rain cloud coffee involves suspending a cotton candy ‘cloud’ above a cup of black coffee. As the heat and steam from the coffee rise into the cloud, the cotton candy starts to melt, resulting in a ‘rain’ of sugary sweetness into the coffee. This trend became popular in China and Japan, but is beginning to take on around the world as a quirky way of consuming coffee!
As the name suggests, cold brew is made by brewing coffee in cold water. This process typically takes around 24 hours, but the pay off is worth it, as the coffee will be less acidic, with hints of sweetness. While not the best option if you’re after a quick hit of caffeine, this heavily infused beverage is perfect for those who love their strong coffee, even on the hottest day of the year! Cold brew can be made in bigger batches and kept in the fridge for a week, so you don’t have to wait 24 hours per cup! If you’re in the mood for a cold brew on the go, or are impatient and want to cut your cold brew wait-time down to only two hours, then the PUCKPUCK attachment for the AeroPress is certainly something to investigate!
Another version of chilled coffee, but this time with the help of nitrogen, nitro brew is made by infusing cold brew coffee with nitrogen. The nitrogen transforms the coffee, producing a creamy, stout-like effect. It tastes smooth and cold, with a particularly silky mouth-feel. Popular coffee chains have embraced the nitro brew on their menus, so you’ll be sure to find a cup to try!
Similar to an espresso tonic, sparkling coffee is made from espresso, soda water and lemon to create a carbonated version of our favourite brew. A particularly refreshing sip, the citrus provides a zesty taste, adding extra flavour without any additional calories. Sparkling coffee, also known as Espressoda, has also caught on in the coffee business world, with cans of the drink pre-made and ready to sip available in stores.
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