Every year, billions of little coffee beans make their way from harvest to market, filling our morning cups. But did you know that each little coffee bean actually grows inside a large fruit? The fruit surrounding the bean (also called pulp) usually gets discarded, but some industrious folks realized that with a little help, a seemingly useless byproduct could be transformed into an innovative ingredient, worthy of inclusion in a multitude of culinary pursuits. The outcome of that enterprising experimentation? Trader Joe’s Coffee Flour.
The production of Coffee Flour is surprisingly simple. After coffee beans are harvested from the fruit, the accumulated pulp is dried, and then milled into a fine powder. The process diverts the fruit from being left to decompose in fields, and the resulting flour provides additional revenue for farmers, from what would have otherwise been considered waste. Coffee and flour, from the same crop? Sounds like a win-win to us.
Curiously enough, Coffee Flour doesn’t actually taste like coffee, but it does impart a fruity, lightly roasted flavor when incorporated into recipes. Add a few tablespoons to your favorite cake recipe. Combine it with melted butter, sugar and chopped pecans and then bake for a crumble topping. Add a tablespoon to your morning smoothie, and in addition to the flavor boost, you’ll get six grams of fiber and 480 milligrams of potassium—that’s about 13% more potassium than the amount in a medium-sized banana!
We’re selling Trader Joe’s Coffee Flour in an eight ounce, resealable bag, for $3.99, for a limited time. You’ll find them near our other flours – but probably not near the flowers.
Ingredients: Coffee Cherry Pulp Flour.