Everything you need to know about broccoli coffee

Kevin Farrell

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We’re no stranger to outrageous coffee trends over here. Whether it’s butter coffee, mushroom coffee or even a splash of cockroach milk for your cup of joe. But today brings with it another curious tile in the ever-growing mosaic of strange morning drinks: broccoli coffee.


Broccoli coffee, huh? What is it?

Yes, broccoli coffee. It’s a little more complicated than it sounds. Broccoli coffee isn’t exactly a steaming mug of caffeinated green vegetable juice. Instead, it’s basically just regular old coffee, with a few heaping spoonfuls of broccoli powder stirred in.

Broccoli powder?

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Correct. And it’s exactly what it sounds like. A dehydrated powder made from broccoli. But not just any broccoli. The powder is specifically made from heads of broccoli that are deemed too ugly to sell in grocery stores. Instead of meeting a grisly end at the bottom of a food production facility dumpster, the ugly broccolis are desiccated and ground into powder, where they find new life as a dietary supplement. Just two tablespoons of the powder contain the entire nutritive punch of a whole serving of the actual vegetable.

If this all sounds a bit familiar, it’s because this is largely the story of where baby carrots come from. Carrots that are judged too ugly to be seen as appetizing are sent to a facility where they are cut down and eroded by high pressure water until they take the form of adorable baby carrots.

But baby carrots are delicious. What’s the point of broccoli powder?

There’s a reason that your parents were always harping on you to finish this vegetable in particular. Broccoli really is one of the healthiest foods the world has to offer. It’s rich in fiber, vitamins A, B1, B6 & E, potassium, copper, magnesium, zinc, niacin and selenium.

Broccoli is also unique in that it has significant amounts of nutrients more closely associated with other types of foods. Calcium? Sure you can get your recommended fill from dairy products, but broccoli also has calcium in spades. The heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon? Broccoli also boasts a modest amount of them as well. The vitamin C more closely associated with lemons, oranges and other types of citrus? Yep, broccoli’s got plenty of it. In fact, this versatile veggie even has a good amount of protein within its cell walls.

Broccoli is wonderful. Got it! But why put it in your coffee?

To be fair, people are also adding broccoli powder to smoothies and baked goods as well. But it’s the coffee pairing that has really become the signature usage for broccoli powder, thanks in part to Australia’s Commonfolk Cafe, where baristas have been steaming up broccoli lattes in recent weeks. The buzzy beverage was created partly in response to a 2017 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) report that found that four out of five Australian adults don’t get the daily recommended serving of fruits and vegetables in their diets.

Broccoli powder was thus developed to squeeze additional, critical servings of vegetables into meals and snacks that are otherwise nutritionally deficient. Though coffee provides millions of people with a much needed jolt of energy in the morning, when it comes to nutrition, the cup is more than half empty.

How can I try it for myself?

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This food trend is just barely getting out the gate, so you’ll likely have a hard time finding broccoli coffee in your local cafe just yet. But after a week of international press declaring it the next big thing, you can bet that it won’t be long before your barista begins perfecting her broccoli foam art.

In the meantime, you can always just buy a satchel of the powder online for yourself and begin experimenting at home. You know, where it’s safe from the judgmental eyes of other coffee drinkers.


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