For most of us, it’s the fuel that starts our day. In the darkness of the early morning hours, you shuffle to the kitchen to break the early quietness with the sound of fresh coffee beans being grinded or the popping of the lid of your favourite instant coffee. Not long after, the room starts to fill itself with those familiar aromatics. You slowly start to feel more awake. You pour the hot brewed coffee into your favorite mug and as soon as you take the first sip, your body feels more energized, warm, and ready for the day.
In this article, we explore the cafe coffee trends of 2019. What are the latest innovations in the roasted beans beverages? And how should we be ordering our coffee in 2019?
Coffee trend #1: Coffee for cool kids
“Black with no cream,” seems to be a saying of the past. Nowadays our coffee orders have become innovative treats. From the ginger-spiced, pumpkin-flavored art served in Starbucks to cold-brew delicacies. In an age of fitgirls and Instagram influencers, it’s no wonder cafe-served coffee turned into wellness-boosting superfood creations.
In 2019, one coffee trend is that we will see a lot more cool-kid type of coffee orders. As written on Beverage Daily, roasted coffee beans will be consumed topped with matcha, aloe vera, turmeric, melatonin, and activated charcoal. These ingredients each come with their own benefits, such as improving sleep, beauty or cognitive function.
Coffee trend #2: Rise of the instant blend
If you thought instant coffee was over with, you’ve got it wrong. Though freshly grounded beans are still the preferred way of preparation, instant coffee will become more popular in 2019 due to the quality of the blends that can be bought in-store.
This trend fits our ever-busy society. We see young coffee drinkers often grabbing a ready-to-drink soluble coffee from a cafe, gas station or convenience store. These soluble coffee bottles are often milky and sweet, with hints of caramel and vanilla. This makes them more of a sweet treat than an energy booster.
[Nescafé Blend 43 instant coffee]
Coffee trend #3: Coffee shops experiment with different techniques
Cold-brew coffee (a method using ground coffee steeped in cold water and then strained) was all the hype in 2018. This technique to serve next-level iced coffee will see more variations in 2019, according to WebstaurantStore. The restaurant supplier predicts the introduction of cold-brew store sodas, as well as other exciting techniques such as nitro and buttered coffee.
Nitro and buttered coffee? Indeed. Nitro coffee uses nitrogen gas to infuse the coffee, resulting in a rich and creamy texture. The coffee is a true kickstarter, as it’s stronger than your regular dose of grounded beans. As with instant coffee, nitro coffee is also predicted to be widely available for grabs in store shelves and coffee shops.
Buttered coffee is the perfect drink for lovers of all-things-healthy. Coffee beans are roasted and topped off with butter or coconut oil. These healthy fats are Keto-approved and keep you full longer than a cup of normal instant coffee.
[Nitro Cold Brew Coffee System courtesy of Midwest Supplies]
Coffee trend #4: Cashew, coconut or macadamia?
“What kind of milk would you like?” will become an even more known follow-up question when ordering a cafe latte. As more and more people chose non-dairy options, coffee shops are forced to offer variations. In 2019, it will become more normal that you get to choose between cashew milk, rice milk, macadamia milk, lactose-free milk, soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk. Heck, the alternatives almost might need a menu of their own!
[Alternative nut milks]
Coffee trend #5: Instagram-worthy coffee creations
Every millennial knows, before you dive in to the dulce de leche blueberry pancakes your bearded hipster waiter just served, you need to photograph the dish. Picture or didn’t it happen. Instagram food stories will include more coffee captures in 2019. Coffee shops around the world understand that their tiny local shop can gain more traction through social likes, and start to experiment with visually appealing drinks. Think colored coffee, extravagant creations in which coffee is decorated with cookies or cereal, and next-level latte art.