Fresh Select CEO and farmer, John Said, told ABC Rural the idea stemmed from the CSIRO’s project last year to create a broccoli coffee — a quirky brew which made international headlines.
“Broccoli latte was a great story, a bit of a novelty to create awareness on what is possible,” he said.
“Our thinking was that cauliflower is a bit more creamier and its colour is similar to milk, and it wouldn’t look like a green coffee.”
“In my opinion, it’s got a creamier characteristic to it, it takes the bitter-edge off the coffee, but it does remind you that you are consuming cauliflower as a vegetable.”
At the Horticulture Innovation exhibit where the unique coffees were being made this week in Melbourne, the baristas were not able to keep up with demand, running out of cauliflower powder, “which is pretty good feedback”, according to Mr Said.
Better health and less crop waste
A CSIRO and Horticulture Innovation report last year found 51 per cent of adults were not eating enough fruit, while two out of three were not eating enough vegetables.
Mr Said believed the horticultural industry had a huge opportunity to sell powdered vegetables into a range of drink and food products, which could improve people’s diets, while also reducing food waste on farms.
“This ability to include a vegetable powder into some of the mainstream products we all purchase and consume is a great step forward in increasing the consumption of vegetables and trying to eat healthier without even knowing we’re eating healthier,” he said.
“So if we put 7 grams of cauliflower powder in a latte, you’ll get a daily serve of what you should be eating in vegetables.”
“We’ve really got to the point now [where we’re] taking some of the carbohydrates and sugars out of foods and replacing them with [vegetable] powders,” he said.
“We’re talking to a lot of food companies in terms of being able to do this.
“In the past, you’d never think of putting a serve of vegetables into a loaf of bread, but I think that’s about to become a reality.”
How to boost fruit and vegetable consumption has been a hot topic at Hort Connections in Melbourne this week.
Lauren Scott from Produce Marketing Association in America, said fruit and vege sales across the world had been ‘flat’ for a number of years.
“There’s a couple of reasons why sales have been flat, and I think typically from a marketing side, we have looked at fruit and vege as being healthy, they’re positioned as ‘being good for you’ and your Mum says you need to eat them.
“Look at what avocadoes have done, they’re all the rage in Australia, and it’s not just because they’re good for you, it’s because they are popular, they’re rich, they’re treated like butter, so if we can think about produce items and how they’re beyond healthy, that’s what can drive sales.
“The good news is that most people know fresh produce is healthy, but we have to think beyond that and work out how to grow consumption”.
At Fresh Select, John Said told ABC Rural he expected spinach and carrot coffees to be next on the barista’s list.
This article was originally published as “Cauliflower coffee causing a stir at horticultural conference in Melbourne” in ABC Rural. Read the original article.
9th July 2019 at 1:01 am
7g of powdered cauliflower is roughly 70 .. 77 g fresh. We need 200g to 400g fresh vegetables per day. So 3 to 6 cups of this latte are closer to our daily need. The coffee that comes with it will for sure jumpstart your day 🙂 Conserving vegetables qualities by drying them is perfect ! Better than betting on fresh with fungi at he lure. Cauliflower for example is loved by the fungus Alternara. For us not such a healthy additive. Regards, Edwin
4th July 2019 at 2:37 pm
“One cup of cauliflower latte is the equivalent of a daily serve of vegetables”
How is that physically possible? Do you mean the nutrients? The vitamins? Fibre?