What’s Brewing With 2016 Coffee Trends?
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For some coffee is simply an instant pick-me-up beverage, but for others it’s a way of life! According to the International Coffee Organization, a whopping 1.4 billion cups of coffee are poured, around the world, each day!
Although the popularity of this hot beverage may have a lot to do with the addictive qualities of caffeine, there are plenty of other reasons why coffee is one of the world’s favourite drinks.
From production to consumption, there are many fine nuances involved in brewing the perfect cup of coffee. And with the ever-expanding range of specialty blends, there’s always something new and exciting happening in the world of coffee. To see what we mean, take a look at the 2016 coffee trends that are taking over!
Stay Wide Awake With These 2016 Coffee Trends
1. Ice Ice Baby
Iced coffee is nothing new, but it’s the heat-free method of making it that’s opening up a world of opportunities for fresh and novel flavours. Ingredients such as condensed milk and maple syrup are certainly sweetening up the scene!
2. Nitro Coffee Is The New Guinness
Coffee shops are now serving coffee from a keg and tapping it like beer at a bar! But this hip and happening idea is not just a new way to look cool, it’s a way to change the texture of your coffee into a Guinness-like drink.
The extreme frothiness of this drink is achieved by infusing the coffee with nitrogen and releasing it through a pressurized valve.Those who enjoy the idea of a cold-brewed coffee without milk, will love this new creation.
3. Waste Not Want Not
The 2016 trend in coffee production is leaning towards zero waste. And the talk of the moment is all about waste removal. This entails making use of every part of the coffee plant, particularly the cherry skin, which is now being made into a coffee flour for baking.
4. It’s All About The Water
You may think that water has very little to do with the taste of your coffee, but say otherwise. Water temperature control is extremely important when it comes to making a good cup of coffee, as it’s the water temperature that helps draw out the flavour from the coffee grounds.
If the water is too hot your coffee can end up tasting too bitter, and if it’s too cold you’ll have yourself a horribly weak cup. The ideal water temperature for is said to be around 90-96C.
With this in mind, mixers such as Franke’s Zip HydroTaps, are becoming increasingly popular in coffee shops, as they can be preset to any desired temperature and fit in with design trends that are moving toward uncluttered countertops with clean lines.
If you’ve enjoyed this blog and are just as mad about coffee as we are, be sure to livestream the world Barista Championship on the 22-25 June and get your fix of caffeinated fun!
In the meantime, check out this short video, featuring 2015 SA Barista Champion, Wayne Oberholzer, and see what he has to say about how the South African coffee industry has evolved in the last 10 years.