Great news for coffee lovers across the world: you could soon be adding a caffeinated muffin or croissant to your daily breakfast.
A genius biophysicist has invented a flour made from green coffee beans that will inject both a hit of caffeine and a healthy dose of antioxidants when baked into a product.
Daniel Perlman, from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, claims the addition of the flour would make a muffin contain the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. He told Eater, "This flour contains 2.5 percent caffeine by weight, so if you were to put 4 grams of this into, say, a breakfast muffin, it would be the equivalent of drinking a cup of coffee."
Perlman also claims the flour is a healthier caffeine fix than regular coffee.
Research has already shown there a number of health benefits to drinking coffee, but the normal roasting process means many of the beans' natural antioxidants are lost. Perlman therefore bakes the beans for his flour at a lower heat for a shorter amount of time, which helps to retain the precious antioxidants.
This makes the flour ideal an ingredient in baked products such as energy bars, as well as pastries. Perlman said, "Unlike some bars that are loaded with chemically purified or synthesized caffeine, this is natural food source caffeine. I would expect it to be absorbed a little more gradually than the caffeine in a cup of coffee, so [it would offer] a more sustained release and longer-term stimulation than you get when you drink a cup or two of coffee."
The flour is not yet available to buy although it is currently being tested in recipes. Overall, Perlman has described the flour as, "more of an enhancing nutritional ingredient to provide the antioxidants a well as the natural caffeine boost" than coffee.
Caffeinated pastries that are good for us too? We'll take 'em.