Coffee addict? You can’t live without coffee, and you consider yourself to be a coffee expert, able to detect what is coffee and what is not? Well, you might be in for quite some surprise. Coffee from around the world might be containing a number of filler ingredients, from soy, wheat to dirt, and you won’t even know it! The great demand for coffee has pushed coffee-makers to find ‘solutions’ to shortage of good-quality coffee by adding a whole range of ingredients. So, how do you want your coffee to be served, with milk, cream, or corn and dirt?
How about trying soybean, corn, and twigs in your coffee?
Some manufacturers sell their products only for the sake of making money, without taking into consideration the ethical aspect of business – sell anything as long as the money is coming right in. Well, it seems that certain coffee makers might be doing just this. Coffee demand is always high while the coffee yields might not always be adequate enough. Some have therefore chosen to counter this problem by adding a number of substances to the coffee for it to sell: from wheat, soybean, barley, to brown sugar, corn, twigs and even dirt.
Health problems and allergies
The new said additives do not primarily pose health problems since they are natural. But, in case someone allergic to soy and any other of the added ingredients consumes the coffee, the consequences will be really unpleasant – hence the importance of being able to determine which coffee is pure and which one contains added ingredients. A chemical test has been devised to distinguish between the two types of coffee (pure coffee and coffee roasted with other substances). However, even this does not come without difficulty. While it is easy enough to view the filler ingredients through a microscope, coffee processing procedures like roasting and grinding renders this practically impossible.
Shortage of coffee plant
Plant growth has grown more challenging with time, as weather conditions have undergone quite come changes in the last few decades. High temperatures and droughts resulting from global warming have dealt a severe blow to many plant species – the coffee plant is no exception. A plant disease known as “coffee rust” has only made things worse. Such problems are being faced by coffee-makers from all over the world, be it from Central America or Brazil. Now, what do manufacturers do to supply consumers who crave for coffee? They take to making low-quality coffee, which is considered to be somewhat better than no coffee at all.
Experts have thus said that “coffee counterfeiting” is hence becoming more and more common. Furthermore, the fillers might even prove to be beneficial, as they make the ground coffee last longer…