If you’re a coffee aficionado, you probably know that science has already proven some major benefits to drinking a reasonable amount of coffee (read: not 10 cups) per day. Based on recent research, it looks like your coffee habit can help reduce your risks of heart disease, diabetes and stroke, which seems like a pretty great deal to us. Plus, it’s super yummy. That’s why when we heard about Afineur’s new coffee product named Culture Coffee, we were totally stoked. Originally launched on Kickstarter — like so many other awesome company ideas — the coffee producer focuses on creating products that utilize “controlled natural fermentations” in order to create more digestible and overall healthier products. Fancy!
You may have heard of fermented foods before, and while their name sounds kind of gross, they’re known to be sources of probiotics. Foods like kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut and tempeh contain those friendly bacterias that aid digestion and boost your immune system like whoa. Afineur’s company website explains that they use the natural fermentation process before roasting their coffee beans in order to give it extra-special qualities like “extremely low bitterness with shining fruity, floral, and chocolaty notes while easier on the stomach.” Seems pretty great to us.
But does the coffee contain adequate levels of friendly bacteria, as other drinks like kombucha do? According to what the founder, Camille Delebecque, PhD, told Well + Good, not quite. “It isn’t [technically] probiotic because the beans are shelf-stabilized,” Dr. Delebecque explained. But can this coffee still help with gut issues? Absolutely. Because the bitter parts of the coffee are removed during fermentation, this java is not only even more delicious than a normal brew, but it’s also way less likely to cause GI issues, especially for those who deal with acid reflux. In fact, the coffee may even be more suitable for people with more serious conditions like IBS, who often can’t drink coffee at all.
So to sum up, this coffee tastes better and is gentler on your stomach than anything else out there on the market. Next up, the company is planning a “food revolution.” We’ll have to stay tuned to find out exactly what that means!
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(Photo via Afineur, featured photo via Getty)