Bizarre Coffee Health Trends of 2017: Alll you need to know
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The Bizarre Coffee Health Trends of 2017: All you need to know.

I feel like coffee has been getting a bit of bad press in the fitness world recently. Some of my clients have actually been apologising to me for having their morning brew, under the impression that unless it has some sort of antioxidant or protein added, then coffee is basically the devil.

Sure, if you live off coffee alone, that’s not ideal. Also if you know your body doesn’t deal well with coffee or caffeine then it’s best to limit your quantities. Not to mention that if you drink Starbucks syrup sugary milk and call it coffee, then no, healthy it is not.

Nonetheless, a coffee a day (or maybe two), without a tonne of sugar and cream is not the work of the devil. Balance is key!

Bizarre Coffee Health Trends of 2017: Alll you need to know

Still, the trendy thing of the moment is the superfood coffee. You can barely turn a corner in east central London without bumping into a matcha latte.

However like most trendy things in central London, it costs an arm, a leg and a slice of your soul for even the smallest espresso cup of matcha. I simply haven’t had the bank balance to deviate all that much from my standard brew (short, strong and either black or just a dash of milk).

Because realistically, who wants to spend 3.50 on a pretty pink coffee that may or may not end up tasting like a jar of picked beetroot? Gross.

This is why for me, the most brilliant thing about the London Coffee Festival in Brick Lane at the weekend was the fact that I could try as many free samples of fancy superfood coffee as I liked. It gave me a chance to actually decide what might be worth spending money on in future. Not to mention I could even take the time to ask the brand owners about these supposed health benefits.

Here are my conclusions:

Bizarre Coffee Health Trends of 2017: Alll you need to know

The Beetroot Latte

Health Benefits:

“Our beetroot lattes are full of potassium and folic acid” said the rep from Joe and the Juice, whose barista friend was churning out espresso size beetroot lattes with stunning pink designs like it was nothing. “And we’ve also added a bunch of immune-boosting antioxidants for good measure”. Right. Supposedly he didn’t meant that they actually added it to the beetroot themselves, by hand. To be fair, beets are supposed to be excellent sources of energy and they’re good for circulation too.

Taste:

Quite genuinely, better than I thought. I’m not a massive fan of beetroot, although it’s growing on me, and it was pretty subtle in the drink. No sharpness, no bitterness. No  vinegary pickleness (thank god). It was just a bit weird.

Would I use it to replace coffee:

No. But I would probably try one again, in a month or so.

The Matcha Latte

Health Benefits:

Matcha is essentially very pure green tea, with all the antioxidants that go alongside it. It is said to boost your metabolism, making it an excellent fat burner. There’s still caffeine in there, along with countless vitamins and minerals, meaning it’s good for a much needed energy boost. It’s also thought to improve mood and memory amongst other things.

Taste:

Slightly green tea-y. Mostly, I find that matcha lattes just taste like whatever milk you choose to make it with, followed by a slightly earthy aftertaste. I don’t mind it, but I know a lot of people who hate it and I can see why. Obviously it’s creamier than just green tea… but I’d still rather just have a tea bag and some water.

Would I use it to replace coffee:

No, but I do love the colour.

Tumeric latte & Tumeric tea

Health Benefits:

Well, endless, apparently. Tumeric is the latest and greatest health food. Haven’t you seen? It’s everywhere at the moment. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, which also supports digestion, brain cell recovery, memory and liver function. Not to mention its antioxidant properties destroy free-radicals, helping your complexion stay fresh and young.

Taste:

So the latte, which was mixed with almond milk, wasn’t altogether bad. It was like a chai latte, so slightly cinnamony. It was spicier though, with a strong savoury kick at the end. I feel like there was a lot of sugar in it (natural or otherwise) to create that initial chai-y sweetness, which surely can’t be that ‘healthy!’. The tea was like drinking watered down curry. I LOVE Tumeric, but I’d rather mix it into my food (it goes great with lentils) than drink it out a cup. Can you imagine trying to wash that smell and colour out a to-go reusable cup?

Would I use it to replace coffee:

Definitely not.

Bizarre Coffee Health Trends of 2017: Alll you need to know

Bizarre Coffee Health Trends of 2017: Alll you need to know

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