Opinion: Coffee on Trend

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Opinion: Coffee on Trend

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Opinion: Coffee on Trend


Coffee is big right now—The Food Channel identified it on its Top Ten Food Trends for 2016, with a look at coffee rubs, coffee beer, chewable coffee cubes and more. Coffee represents an $81 billion global industry and is continuing to grow.

Of course, we caffeinated beings seem to be always tweaking, reinventing and decorating what was once a simple cup of liquid energy. It’s no longer enough to add flavors to coffee; we now flavor other products with coffee.

We’re also adding coffee’s energy-enhancing properties to a variety of products. When consumers discovered caffeinated peanut butter, it seemed the heavens had opened up and prayers had been answered. With just a tablespoon of STEEM peanut butter, you can ingest the caffeine equivalent of an entire cup of coffee. Living in a 24/7 society, having exactly what we want when we want it changes everything. Now you no longer need to brew a cup of coffee for the caffeine boost. Instead, you can spread some peanut butter on your toast in the morning and be good to go.

Similarly, a company called Nootrobox recently launched GO CUBES. These edible gummy bites contain 50 mg of caffeine, along with sugar and added nutrients. Habitual coffee sippers no longer have to feel a lull, or stop what they’re doing to brew a pot of coffee to gain energy. Just pop a gummy into your mouth, and move on.

The appealing qualities of coffee are manifold: the flavor, the energy boost, and even the daily socialization. A cup of coffee in the morning is an American staple, and edible coffee is just another manifestation of our love of the flavor.

The convenience of a chewable or spreadable caffeinated treat is enticing because it’s new. Technology such as the Keurig home brewer is already offering consumers a cup of coffee tailored to their preferences, so we have a trifecta brewing: something new, something convenient, and something we love.

To get your caffeine fix in new ways, try these recipes:

Espresso Cocoa-Crusted Cheeseburger Sliders

Coffee Ice Cream Frappe

French Quarter Coffee & Chicory

Irish Cream Coffee Ice Cream

Caramel Latte Iced Coffee

Breakfast Ham with Red Eye Coffee Gravy

Mocha Java Shortbread Cookies

Minty Mocha Latte


Short Rib Taquito with Coffee Rub

Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur for Coffee






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