If the thought of getting up in the morning, getting your coffee ready, and waiting for it to brew without already having coffee to get through this process makes you want to die, you’re in luck — pretty soon, you’ll be able to just grab a coffee muffin, donut, or baked good of your choice and consume the easiest (and tastiest) form of caffeine yet.
Coffee flour is the new invention that makes this amazing feat possible. Dr. Daniel Perlman from Brandeis University discovered that by roasting and grinding green coffee beans (what your Starbucks Refreshers are made from), he can create a coffee flour that not only creates a deliciously flavored treat, but retains its caffeine after being baked. The flour is 2.5% caffeine, meaning that when you add 4 grams of it into your standard baked good, the resulting snack has the same amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee.
Additionally, using this flour comes with extra benefits. While you probably can’t consume an entire pot of coffee without experiencing some discomfort, you can binge on your coffee flour snacks worry-free. Since this is coffee in one of its most natural forms, your body will process it differently. Your bloodstream will absorb the caffeine more slowly, meaning that it likely won’t upset your stomach and you’ll ride your caffeine high longer than you would with a regular cup of coffee. Win-win situation. Coffee flour also has an extra antioxidant that is normally destroyed during the roasting process, so you could actually be making yourself healthier with treats derived from this flour. Whether or not I’ll take the effort to actually make these snacks is still TBD, but once they start being offered in the Starbucks drive-thru, I’ll be first in line. .
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