After centuries of roasting, grounding, and using coffee beans in beverage-making, we have not fully explored every way to drink the perfect cup of coffee. According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), the percentage of Americans drinking coffee on a daily basis has increased from 57% to 62% in the past year. Here are a few trends that could help operators looking to revolutionize their success in the coffee business. Let’s get started!
Brewing coffee by steeping it in cold water tends to produce a less acidic, less bitter form. A cold brew generally gives a softer taste because the brew oxidizes and degrades at a slower pace than it does in typical hot-water brewing. Cold brewing is handy for those who like their coffee iced and quick to consume.
Adding butter to your morning coffee may sound weird, but it’s becoming a little more common. Dave Asprey created Bulletproof Coffee and they offer coffee containing butter and medium-chain triglycerides like coconut oil which offers an energy boost, mental alertness, and appetite suppression.
Have you ever considered using the actual coffee fruit in your cup of coffee? The red, slightly sweet coffee cherries are called cascara and they’ve become a bona fide superfood super trend. Cascara teas are available for dinking and there is also flour which can be used for baking. Cascara seems to be going mainstream this year as Starbucks has launched a limited-time cascara latter. Trader Joe’s has its own coffee flour and Seattle Chocolates currently offers a dark-chocolate truffle bar with cascara and roasted cocoa nibs.
Overall, there are many more ways to make coffee than we originally thought. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making the perfect cup of coffee in the morning or in your coffee shop.