You are not my friend: products that go poorly with coffee
Everyone has different tastes, but hardly anyone likes to eat a bowl of soup and drink it up with a cup of coffee. This is not the best combination. For the rest, we fully admit that espresso can be the “third dish” in the business lunch “2 dishes + drink”. The authors of our blog asked whether all products have the right to make a batch for coffee. We want you to take part in this discussion too.
What products lose their beneficial properties due to coffee
Several scientific studies suggest that coffee drunk during or immediately after a meal can slow the body's ability to absorb specific minerals and trace elements. In particular:
- Calcium. Caffeine can affect calcium absorption and increase its secretion. These effects are relatively minor for most of the people, since each cup of coffee makes a healthy person "lose" only 2 to 3 mg of calcium. Though, for people who have problems in this area, it is better to drink coffee separately from meals containing calcium (milk, cottage cheese, almonds, etc.).
- Zinc. Coffee contains tannins, which can cause us to no longer fully absorb zinc. This is especially noticeable to those who have heart problems. So, for those who control the level of zinc, it is better to separate drinking coffee and sources of zinc (oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, and nuts).
- Iron. In our diet, it comes in two forms: heme and non-heme. Although we can easily absorb heme in animal products, plant foods contain only non-heme, with which everything is much worse. That is why vegans and vegetarians have a more challenging time. Thus they definitely should separate the drinking coffee and iron-containing products, since in this case, tannins also "spoil" everything. So peas, nuts, lentils, chickpeas, and soy products are best when eaten separately from coffee.
- Vitamin D. A study published in 2017 found that those who drank more coffee tended to have lower levels of this vitamin. The study is not one hundred percent proof that caffeine always lowers the vitamin D content, but it is a signal that it is better not to drink coffee if there are fatty varieties of fish, eggs, or beef liver on the table.
Let's summarize the first part. If you want to enjoy your favorite drink, but you are concerned about nutritional deficiencies, you should wait at least an hour after eating.
When the taste of coffee worsens due to food
To understand whether there are products that can negatively affect the taste and effect of coffee, we reached out to several experts and a barista, including champions in their field. As a result of this survey, it became clear that the enemy number one of coffee is ... spices. Yes, we know that they can be successfully added to the Turk, but this is an entirely different matter. There we use a minimal amount of a substance that emphasizes and complements the taste of the drink. However, if you eat a portion of spicy and spicy food before a cup of espresso, it is most likely that after the taste of coffee will seem blurry and dim. Not surprisingly, pepper food, garlic, or chili can significantly reduce the sensitivity of taste buds in our mouths.
In second place in the ability to spoil the taste of coffee is wine. We wrote about this a little earlier. Not only that, wine comes into conflict with the aroma of coffee, but these two drinks are also "not friends" in the context of exposure to our nervous and vascular systems. It is better not to risk with other types of alcohol.
Third place on inconsistencies is occupied by ... dairy products. Despite the many recipes for coffee with milk and cream, this method of drinking coffee is not for everyone:
- Firstly, coffee lovers agree that any fat-containing additives "hide" the nuances of the aromatic shades of coffee. Yes, cappuccino is popular, just like raf or latte. However, this is not about pure coffee but coffee cocktails.
- Secondly, the combination of "coffee + milk product" has an unpredictable effect on the digestive system of different people. For some people, the addition of milk helps to reduce the harmful effects of caffeine in the stomach (for example, when one has gastritis), while for others, the same recipe will cause an upset stomach. You need to know your contradictions exactly.
It is time to admit: coffee is a fantastic product that leaves a wide field for experiments. In matters of its compatibility with other ingredients, it is mainly guided by one's taste and preference. After all, even a bowl of soup with a cup of espresso can be joyful. The main point here is that a bowl of soup is served without garlic, and its duet with coffee does not cause indigestion!
Indeed, you have experience of knowingly failing combinations of coffee with other products. Discuss! Or after our photos, you run away to have a meal?