Broccoli coffee, the latest way to ruin a perfectly good drink

  • Food News
  • Saturday, 16 Jun 2018

Baristas at Commonfolk Coffee in Melbourne say two teaspoons of broccoli in its powdered form added to a latte or cappuccino contain as much nutrients as an entire portion of the vegetable. Photo: CSIRO/dpa

Very little is needed to make a cup of coffee enjoyable, and yet somehow there is no shortage of added ingredients that have been inflicted upon this beloved beverage.

After turmeric, pumpkin flavouring and even charcoal powder coffees, the latest trend appears to be broccoli espressos, broccoli cappuccinos and broccoli lattes. A hipster hotspot in Melbourne has begun offering customers what they say is a healthier take on coffee.

Baristas at Commonfolk Coffee say two teaspoons of the vegetable in its powdered form add as much nutrients as an entire portion of broccoli.

“We’ve found there’s a subset of health-focused massive broccoli fans who love it as a full blown latte in the same way as you’d have a beetroot latte or a turmeric latte,” cafe owner Sam Keck told Australian news agency AAP.

Despite the protein and fibre kick offered by a broccoli-infused brew, Keck admits reactions have been mixed, and some customers just say “Urgh! That tastes like broccoli.”

Among those would likely be former US president George HW Bush, who once famously said “I’m President of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!” – dpa

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