This Add-in Flavors My Coffee Without Any Cream or Sugar
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As much as I want to be a ~*cool*~ coffee purist who drinks their brew black, I’m just not. I love flavored coffee drinks, but they often come packed with cream and sugar. Since I’d rather not drink my calories (I’ll have a brownie instead, thankyouverymuch), I’ve been looking for ways to make my coffee taste better without all of the extra add-ins. Then I saw my friend Jamie Vespa from @dishingouthealth post in her Instagram stories about Inbru—a type of coffee flavoring made from rice hulls—and got really excited.
Inbru uses natural rice hulls, or the protective layer that’s removed during milling. Usually these hulls are thrown away (read: wasted), but Inbru found that they were excellent flavor carriers since they’re flavorless and don’t dissolve in water or high heat. Inbru has no calories, sugar, carbs or fat, and, according to the company, it’s safe for people with major food allergies. The hulls are flavored with aromatics and essential oils, and they’re 100% compostable and biodegradable.
I ordered the Blueberry Muffin and Coconut Creme flavors (which, by the way, was a very tough decision, since there are 23 delicious-sounding ones to choose from). The next morning, I woke up for an early workout, made a cup of hot coffee and stirred a spoonful of flavoring into it. It was terrible! Turns out, in my early morning, pre-coffee stupor, I forgot to read the instructions and ended up with a mouthful of rice hulls (which I would not recommend).
To use the flavors correctly (read: not like me), you’re supposed to sprinkle them over your favorite coffee grounds in your brew basket and *then* brew your coffee. The hot water filters through the grounds and the flavored hulls to make a smooth and flavorful pot of coffee. The best part? Unlike other flavored coffees, you get to choose whether you want light, medium or dark roast (or even decaf), since you’re using your own beans. And you get to control the strength of your brew, which is a total win in my book.
The next day, I made a double-strength brew with the Blueberry Muffin flavor and poured it over ice for a blueberry iced coffee (P.S.- If you’re looking for a drip brewer, I absolutely love mine and it’s only $57 from Bed, Bath & Beyond). And I’m glad to report there were no rice hulls in my coffee this time—just delicious, smooth flavor. Since Inbru isn’t sweet, you could definitely add a splash of your favorite milk or a spoonful of sugar, but I found that, for once, I was able to drink my iced coffee black.
Jaime Milan is EatingWell’s digital editor for all things newsy and trending. She’s always on the hunt for the latest and greatest things to share with EatingWell’s readers. In her spare time, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen, tackling home projects with her husband or taking pics of her very photogenic American Eskimo Dog, Grits. Follow her on Instagram at @jaimemmilan.