Just when you think you've heard everything...
Coffee lovers, brace yourselves. The latest trend in the coffee world is deep-fried coffee. That's right, you heard correctly. Deep-fried coffee.
The concept is simple: take your regular coffee beans and deep fry them in oil to create a so-called unique and delicious flavour.
But is it worth the hype? Whether it was out of bizarre curiosity or the ambitious hope that it might indeed be as amazing as it sounds, we decided to put it to the test.
Here's our take on this intriguing (and quite possibly the weirdest) new deep-fried coffee trend:
First off, we're sure you're dying to know how it tastes! When you deep-fry coffee beans, the oils and sugars in the beans caramelize, creating a rich and complex flavour.
The beans take on a slightly nutty taste, with a hint of sweetness and a smokiness that's hard to replicate with traditional brewing methods. The result? A unique and delicious coffee that's sure to impress, we must confess!
But is deep-fried coffee healthy? While the deep-frying process does add some calories and fat to the coffee, it's important to remember that coffee beans are naturally low in both of these already, plus they won't absorb too much of the oil you cook them in due to their dry exterior. fat and calories.
If you're worried about calories, deep-fried coffee can be made with healthier oils such as coconut or avocado oil. Alternatively, you can always use an air fryer for a zero-oil version.
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The process of deep-frying coffee beans is relatively simple, which means you can give it a go if you're feeling adventurous, using an air fryer or a regular deep-sided saucepan filled with oil.
HEADS-UP: If you're game to try this trend, please use extreme caution, just as you would deep-frying any foods. (And don't try this at home, kids... This experiment is for grown-ups only!)
If using an air fryer, set the temp to 160°C and allow to preheat.
If using a regular saucepan, start by heating your oil to 180°C.
Next, add your coffee beans and carefully fry them for about 2-3 minutes, or until they turn a dark brown colour. Carefully transfer the coffee beans to paper towels and allow to cool.
Once your fried coffee beans have cooled completely, pat off any excess oil with paper towels. Grind the beans and use them to brew your coffee as you normally would. It's that easy!
Another perk of deep-fried coffee is that it can be used in a variety of ways. The beans can be ground and used to brew coffee, or they can be sprinkled over as a quirky and exciting topping for ice cream or desserts.
The fried beans can also be used to make coffee-infused syrups and sauces, along with dry spice rub marinades for barbecued meats. The possibilities are endless, and the sweet, nutty flavour you'll get really adds a surprising element and dimension to everything it touches!
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Drumroll please... So, our take on whether deep-fried coffee worth the hype? In our opinion, yes! The unique flavour is definitely worth trying, if you can summon the courage to dig out your deep frying equipment!
While it may not be the absolute healthiest option or the easiest way to enjoy a brew, it is a fun and tasty way to switch up your coffee routine. Give this novel little trend a try and let us know what you think!
The process is reasonably simple, the flavour is complex and gourmet, and your transformed beans can be used in a variety of ways to spice up the way you do coffee.
Fefe | Greens Steel Lifestyle Contributor