SIX CEN­TURIES AND STILL BREW­ING …

Hospitality News Middle East - - SPECIAL REPORT -

While clas­sics such as espresso, Ara­bic, or 'kah­weh', and Turk­ish cof­fee re­main deeply en­trenched in the re­gional café cul­ture, there are al­ways new takes and twists on our fa­vorite bev­er­age, re­flect­ing chang­ing times, tastes and at­ti­tudes. Maya Bek­hazi Noun, founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of The Food Stu­dio, high­lights this year’s most sig­nif­i­cant trends mak­ing waves across the won­der­ful world of cof­fee But­ter cof­fee

In this in­ter­pre­ta­tion, a knob of but­ter is melted into the cup of cof­fee, which helps to pro­vide an en­ergy boost with­out the caf­feine crash, men­tal alert­ness that lasts for hours, and ap­petite sup­pres­sion.

Cold brew

Still trend­ing from last year, this fa­vorite has now ex­panded to in­clude a sparkling cof­fee va­ri­ety, in line with the broader fash­ion for sparkling wa­ter and cold-brew tonic. The re­sult is a pleas­ing con­coc­tion of cold brew, tonic wa­ter and ice, which is also serv­ing as a base for new cock­tail drink ideas. The cold-brew ap­proach also lends it­self to the in­clu­sion of ad­di­tional in­gre­di­ents. My ad­vice is to look out for cof­fee le­mon­ade in 2019.

Cas­cara

This is the re­main­ing part of the cof­fee fruit, which sup­pos­edly con­tains more iron, fiber, an­tiox­i­dants and pro­tein than many su­per foods, but is usu­ally thrown away. Un­sur­pris­ingly, with su­per-dense nu­tri­ents cur­rently highly sought af­ter, cas­cara is fast gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity.

Ni­tro cof­fee

Ni­tro cof­fee is sim­ply a cold-brewed cof­fee which is in­fused with ni­tro­gen gas, with the aim of en­rich­ing the smooth, foamy tex­ture. The process also ren­ders the cof­fee slightly sweeter.

Mush­room cof­fee

The earthy and smooth taste of the mush­rooms adds to the cof­fee’s ap­peal, while pro­vid­ing valu­able health ben­e­fits, since this pop­u­lar in­gre­di­ent is be­lieved to com­bat bac­te­ria and viruses. Re­garded by many as a su­per food in its own right, the mush­room is also thought to help di­ges­tion, boost brain­power and in­crease en­ergy lev­els. In ad­di­tion to pro­mot­ing over­all well­be­ing, mush­rooms add to the fla­vor pro­file of the bev­er­age and also help to re­duce the jit­ters that tra­di­tional cof­fee can pro­duce.

Flat white

A per­fectly creamy and gen­er­ously caf­feinated cof­fee that’s sim­i­lar to a latte, this fa­vorite is still trend­ing. The flat white is made with a dou­ble ristretto shot of espresso, mixed with mi­cro-foamed milk that has been con­sis­tently heated to avoid sep­a­ra­tion, re­sult­ing in a rich espresso with a de­light­fully vel­vety tex­ture.

Draft latte

Draft lat­tes are creamy, cold, frothy drinks, topped with a mi­cro foam and given a hint of sweet­ness, usu­ally mixed with cold-brewed iced cof­fee.

Dirty chai

Thanks to my many trips to East­ern and South-east­ern Asia, I have be­come ad­dicted to this mix of Chai Latte and cof­fee. Also known as Yuenye­ung in Malaysia or Hong Kong-style milk tea, Dirty Chai is def­i­nitely my fa­vorite cof­fee drink of the mo­ment.

Che­mex

A stylish and en­joy­able way to en­joy our fa­vorite drink, this high-end form of fil­tered brew­ing cof­fee re­mains on trend.

Know your H2O

Did you know that wa­ter ac­counts for about 98 per­cent of a cup of cof­fee? With that in mind, if you’re pas­sion­ate about cof­fee, it’s worth giv­ing the wa­ter that’s used for brew­ing the at­ten­tion it de­serves. Bet­ter qual­ity wa­ter en­hances

Those of you who think cof­fee can only be paired with sweets and breads need to be ready to think again in 2019 and 2020! Be pre­pared for pair­ing trends that in­clude sa­vories and del­i­ca­cies the nu­ances of the cof­fee, while also pro­vid­ing more of the health ben­e­fits that pu­ri­fied wa­ter of­fers and gen­er­ally el­e­vat­ing the cof­fee-drink­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Cof­fee pair­ing

Those of you who think cof­fee can only be paired with sweets and breads need to be ready to think again in 2019 and 2020! Be pre­pared for pair­ing trends that in­clude sa­vories and del­i­ca­cies, such as shell­fish and raw meats. Let the imag­i­na­tion loose!

Cof­fee’s health fac­tors

Cof­fee has been in­creas­ingly gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity due to the raft of stud­ies un­der­taken that have sug­gested con­sump­tion could sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove a per­son’s life ex­pectancy. Ad­di­tional re­ports have con­cluded that cof­fee beans can as­sist with weight loss man­age­ment and aid con­cen­tra­tion.

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