Coffee flour is made from the remains of fruit, or “coffee cherries”, which cover the beans that are harvested and roasted for our daily pleasure. To make the flour, the leftover coffee cherries are dried and ground into a fine powder.
Coffee flour does not taste the same as coffee, as it is not made from the beans. Instead, it has a slightly fruity flavor, which means it can be incorporated into sweet recipes and is a good way to increase your fiber and mineral intake.
Nutritional information for coffee flour
One tablespoon of coffee flour contains 6 grams of fiber and provides 14 percent of the potassium, 15 percent of the iron, and 4 percent of the calcium you need every day. It has about 35 calories per serving. Also, the coffee cherries used to make coffee flour are a good source of plant antioxidants.
Coffee Flour Nutrition Facts Serving Size 1 Tbsp Per Serving% Daily Value * Calories 35 Calories from Fat 0 Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g 0% Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg0% Sodium 0mg0% Potassium 480mg14% Carbohydrates 7g2% Proprietary Fiber 6g24 % Sugars 0g Protein 1g Vitamin A 0% – Vitamin C 0% Calcium 4% – Iron 15
* Based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Health benefits of coffee flour
Coffee flour is an excellent source of fiber, and that is its main health benefit. The mineral content is also beneficial. Coffee flour is also high in antioxidants that help fight free radical damage.
However, there does not appear to be any research study or information on any specific health benefits.
Common questions about coffee flour
Is coffee flour high in caffeine?
Not really, as most of the caffeine is found in coffee beans. The amount of caffeine in coffee flour is similar to that found in a serving of dark chocolate.
Are there environmental benefits from using coffee flour?
Since coffee cherries are normally disposed of as waste, their use to make coffee flour can be good for the environment, or at least offer some monetary benefit to farmers who grow coffee beans.
Is coffee flour the same as mascara?
No, it is not. Peel is a type of tea made from the dried peels of coffee cherries. The husk is a traditional drink in many countries that produce coffee, such as Yemen and Ethiopia.
Can coffee flour be used to replace flour containing gluten?
Since coffee is not a bean, it does not contain gluten. But, its slightly fruity flavor may not make it suitable for use in salty foods. It can work well in recipes that call for other gluten-free flours.
Can you make coffee flour with coffee beans?
There is none of this type of coffee flour available on the market. However, it is possible. It would have a lot more caffeine unless you decaf first.
Coffee flour made this way would be similar to ground coffee from a nutritional point of view. Coffee beans are high in antioxidants known as polyphenols.
Choosing and storing coffee flour
Here’s the hard part about coffee flour – it’s not easy to find and you probably won’t find it in any grocery store.
You can find it online. It is available in powder and fine grind. Fine grinding is best for home use and baking.
Healthy ways to use coffee flour
Coffee flour can be combined with wheat flour or other flours, but initially only 10-15 percent of the total flour in a recipe should be coffee flour. You may also need to add more liquid due to the high fiber content. Finally, it works best in recipes that use brown sugar or molasses, because those sweeteners go best with the taste of coffee flour.
A word from Verywell
Using coffee flour in addition to regular wheat flour is a unique way to add fiber and antioxidants to your diet.
Coffee flour is still fairly new and hard to find, but if it grows in popularity, it may show up on your local supermarket shelves.