One of the most common alternatives to a classic espresso is ginseng coffee, which has become increasingly popular by the day and is consumed both at home and at the bar.
Compared to traditional coffee, this variant has a brighter colour, similar to a cappuccino, and a less intense but sweeter taste. This beverage is made from pure ginseng root, a very ancient plant with uncountable virtues.
But be careful: drinking a ginseng coffee is not always a healthy choice, as ginseng is not the only ingredient and, quite often, it is present in very low quantities.
Benefits and properties of ginseng coffee
But before we discover what’s in a cup of this beverage, let’s talk about its main benefits and properties:
- Energising properties. After all, this is one of the main reasons driving the consumption of this espresso substitute. It reduces stress and fatigue, provides higher vitality and increases physical resistance, even though it holds less caffeine compared to traditional coffee.
- It strengthens brain functions. In particular, it benefits the concentration and the mnemonic capabilities.
- It improves circulation and reduces cholesterol. The active substances in ginseng stimulate the physiological process through which our body produces energy, burning sugar and fat.
- It favours digestion. A classic feature of coffee, also present in the variety with Asian spice.
What is in a cup of ginseng coffee?
There are different versions of ginseng coffee on the market, many of which are, unfortunately, low quality. The basic ingredients should be:
- Ground coffee.
- Sugar (ginseng roots have a bitter taste).
- Ginseng extract.
In the less healthy variants, sugar is present in high quantities and the ginseng extract is replaced by ginseng aroma. Not only that, but the following elements are also added:
- Vegetable cream.
- Hydrogenated vegetable fat.
- Milk cream.
- Food colourings.
How to prepare ginseng coffee at home
Preparing ginseng coffee at home is easy, quick and it enables you to avoid the unhealthy solutions, without forgoing its particular taste.
- Half a teaspoon of dry ginseng root extract (available in any herbal shop).
- 70 ml of warm but not boiling milk.
- A ristretto coffee (about 20 ml).
- Sugar to taste.
- Warm up the milk, without bringing it to the boil.
- Add the ginseng root extract.
- Then stir everything together with the coffee.
- Lastly, if desired, add sugar.
Your homemade ginseng coffee is ready in no time! If you’re looking for an alternative to classic espresso, click here to learn more about chicory coffee and barley coffee: no caffeine, but a lot of taste and many health benefits.