By Lucy Gornall
Trying one of these coffee trends is an easy way to give your caffeine fix an upgrade and boost your health in the process. Plus, they have the added bonus of shaking things up when your frothy cappuccino or on-the-go Americano is becoming a little repetitive and you want to try something different.
In fact, trying a new coffee trend could benefit your whole body. It's not just about a caffeine hit that wakes up your mind; now, as well as your average cup of Joe, there are anti-aging mugs of java and bone-friendly brews that have the potential to impact the whole body.
Coffee beans alone have some impressive health benefits: packed with polyphenols—known to be rich in antioxidants—and other health-boosting compounds that are produced during the roasting process, team them with superfoods (from matcha to mushrooms) and you have a seriously powerful morning wake-up call.
We've rounded up seven new coffee trends that not only taste great, but have known health benefits, too. And, while we have your attention, coffee fans, you also might want to check out our guides to the best coffee machine deals and the best coffee travel mugs so you can enjoy your new brew at home or on the go.
7 new coffee trends to try
There are so many coffee trends out there to discover, from protein-infused 'proffee' that will help you reach your fitness goals, to antioxidant-rich matcha coffee. Here's our rundown of the seven we think it's worth knowing about.
1. Cold brew coffee
This coffee trend has been around for a while but has gained popularity beyond specialty (read trendy) coffee bars. The first thing you need to know is, it isn’t just coffee with ice. For coffee to be classed as a cold brew, the ground coffee beans need to be steeped in room-temperature water for 12 hours or more.
Typically a little stronger than your standard coffee, this brew is also less acidic, so there’s less chance of heartburn or coffee-related gut reactions—which is why it made it onto our top coffee trends list. However, you might want to make your cold brew coffee exclusively part of your morning routine as it's pretty strong!
2. Matcha latte
Matcha is a variety of green tea, but it's grown, processed, and prepared differently—the leaves are ground to a powder, rather than soaked—so it offers different benefits. As a coffee trend, then, how does it fare? Well, if you replace the espresso in your latte with matcha, the brew has a calming effect; this is thanks to a compound called L-Theanine, which slows the release of caffeine. This makes it a great choice if you like healthy drinks that also boost your mood.
Matcha could offer heart-health benefits, too, as well as providing anti-cancer properties thanks to its high number of antioxidants.
Need another reason to choose matcha? A study in America found that long-term green tea intake can lead to burning more fat during exercise.
Made famous by social media platform TikTok, 'proffee' is one of the top coffee trends on our list. Involving a mix of protein powder and coffee, it is said to offer a more satiating brew. It's ideal for pre and post-workout consumption, too.
But that's not all a proffee is good for. As well as offering you all the usual health benefits of coffee, proffee is especially good for menopausal women. We might have mentioned in the past that there are several health benefits of protein shakes for women over 50. That’s because protein, which is needed to help muscles heal and repair, is something women going through menopause should ensure a healthy intake of.
This is because during menopause, levels of the hormone estrogen fall, which can lead to a decrease in muscle mass and bone strength. Eating protein-rich foods and adding strength training for women workouts into your routine can help counteract this. That said, if you prefer coffee to cold shakes, this could be the drink for you.
To make your own proffee, buy one of the best protein powders and mix a scoop with a shot (or two) of espresso and 200ml of water. Blend everything together for a coffee that’s satiating, satisfying, and strengthening.
Just make sure you moderate your intake. "It's vital that you only use as much protein powder as is recommended on your chosen product and that you check the sugar contents before you add sugar or syrup to your proffee," warns James Dodds, owner of A-List Nutrition. "Some protein powders have added sugar which could push you over your daily limit when combined with sugary coffee syrups."
4. Mushroom coffee
Don’t be too put off by the name—rather than your average button or portobello mushrooms, this coffee trend uses varieties of mushrooms that include muted lion’s mane, chaga, and reishi. With its frothy brown appearance, it might look like some of the more popular retro drinks. But it's certainly very current.
“These medicinal mushrooms have several benefits,” says Alex Manos, chief wellness officer at Exhale Healthy Coffee. “Firstly, they could promote good liver health, and support healthy blood sugar control, which in turn reduces cravings. Plus, they are said to be anti-cancer, anti-viral, and a source of prebiotics, to keep our tummy and digestion happy.”
5. Collagen coffee
Make your brew anti-aging with a dose of collagen—the protein found in our skin, hair, nails, muscles, and tendons. We produce less collagen as we age, which can lead to wrinkles and sagging skin.
One study found that taking hydrolyzed collagen for 90 days helped reduce skin aging, thanks to its ability to reduce wrinkles and improve skin elasticity and hydration. Collagen boosting is also one of the five skincare trends making waves more widely in the beauty industry. So, why not increase your intake with a hit of skin-friendly collagen in your morning coffee?
6. Turmeric latte
Also referred to as the Golden Milk latte, turmeric latte is a coffee trend that originated in India. But why turmeric? Alex explains that it aids in the management of inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia—a disorder where the blood contains abnormally high levels of fat.
“It may also help in the management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, enhancing recovery and performance in active people,” he says.
Make your own by mixing 350ml hot milk, one espresso shot, ¼tsp turmeric, ¼tsp ground ginger, 1tsp honey, and ½tsp vanilla extract.
7. Bulletproof coffee
Despite the fact that bulletproof coffee is essentially coffee mixed with fat, it’s said to aid weight loss. Made famous in 2014 by the creator of The Bulletproof Diet, Dave Asprey, bulletproof coffee combines coffee, unsalted butter, and a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil.
It’s this MCT oil that’s linked to fat burning—rather than being stored in the body, the fat is absorbed quickly and used for energy. The calories in a bulletproof coffee are sky-high, though, so balance it out with a healthy, well-rounded diet.
To make your own, brew a cup of coffee then put it in a blender with 10ml MCT oil and 2tbsp unsalted butter, then blend until creamy.
How many cups of coffee a day is healthy?
Knowing how much coffee is too much coffee is important. Get it right, and you'll enjoy the benefits that have been associated with coffee consumption: it's said to the lower risk of diabetes, certain cancers (including colon cancer), cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.
“But the amount of coffee consumed is important,” says Alex. “For many endpoints, the lowest risk of disease is associated with drinking between three and five cups of coffee a day.”
While that may sound great, you need to be aware of how much caffeine you are consuming. “It’s generally considered that 400mg of caffeine or less a day (about four or five coffee drinks) is safe,” explains Alex. For context, one espresso shot has 60-80mg of caffeine, so be sure you know how many shots are in your regular takeout order.
What is the best time of the day to drink coffee?
As for when it’s best to drink coffee, Alex explains that many of us may need to limit our consumption to the morning as caffeine intake can be linked to sleep problems. He recommends opting for caffeinated coffee in the morning, then switching to decaf coffee in the afternoon or evening.
And, if you thought decaf coffee didn’t provide any health benefits, you couldn’t be more wrong. “Decaf coffee provides many of the same health benefits as caffeinated coffee, partly due to the polyphenols—plant-based antioxidants—in the coffee,” says Alex.
Best coffee trends to try at home
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Lucy Gornall is the former Health & Fitness editor at Future and a personal trainer specializing in pre and post-natal exercise.
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