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15 & 16 JUNE 2021


“The Broccolatte”: The Latest Veggie Coffee Craze to Hit Australia

If you didn’t think coffee trends could get any weirder, well think again! Broccoli coffee is now the latest coffee trend and it’s causing quite a stir.

Hort Innovation and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Australia were the brains behind this new beverage, and it was made to combat excess vegetable waste.

Dr Mary Ann Augustin was the leader for the project. She said the powdered vegetables can improve consumers’ health and can also help producers increase their profit as it can be added to smoothies, soups and even baking mixtures! 

Broccoli powder is simply made up of one ingredient… broccoli! And consumers can eat the equivalent of a whole broccoli in just two tablespoons of the powder. However, this supposedly healthy broccoli coffee may be too good to be true. 

On the one hand, a study published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2011 found that the body absorbs more nutrients from vegetables when they are in their original state as opposed to its supplement form. 

On the other, the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine published a study which concluded that fruit and powder mixes can reduce a person’s blood pressure when consumed over a 90-day stint. 

For consumers, health benefits for drinks are of course important, but most people want to know if it’s actually palatable. Now being dubbed “the broccolatte”, this new beverage is now being served at a cafe in Victoria, Australia. 

Baristas working in the Commonfolk Cafe have been encouraging punters to try out their new concoction, and it’s certainly received mixed reviews!

One customer was extremely dissatisfied with the drink, saying it resembled a bowl of green milky mush! But others have said they enjoy it and helps them consume more vegetables.