I’m a real coffee lover. Coffee is more to me than just a drink to get you going in the morning or to give you a little boost in the afternoon. Drinking coffee is rather a way of celebrating life. Little did I know how my relationship to coffee would change during pregnancy. But then I discovered lupine coffee.
As soon as I entered the first trimester, there was no way I could drink my beloved cup of joe in the morning anymore. The smell alone made me sick to my stomach. This fortuntely changed heading into the second trimester. But having stayed away for so long, my first sip made my heart skip several beats and my baby doing flips in my belly. It somehow didn’t feel right to me to continue have caffeine while pregnant. Still, I continued to have a cup either with my breakfast or in the afternoon. I always felt anxious afterwards, though. Like the caffeine affected my body even more than usual.
It wasn’t until I browsed the aisles of my local organic grocery store (something I just love to do) that I discovered lupine coffee for the first time. I was skeptical whether or not to try it. Afraid that I wouldn’t like it. Then a couple of weeks later while being over at a friend’s house to shoot portrait pictures, she told me about her recent switch to lupine coffee and how it had done wonders to her sensitive stomach and sleep issues. What a coincidence, I thought to myself. She offered me a cup and I was surprised how much I liked it. As I usually drink my coffee with lots of milk, I could not really taste a difference. The coffee tasted nutty and very rich.
What is lupine coffee?
Lupine coffee is made from lupines, a purple flowering crop that belongs to the legume family. The lupine seeds are very high in protein and can be used for a variety of things such as milk or a tofu-like paste. Lupine was widely popular among the Romans and the Native Americans.
The great thing about this coffee alternative is that it’s caffeine and glutenfree. Furthermore, lupine seeds contain many minerals and micronutrients such as magnesium, iron, phosphor, calcium, manganese, zinc, and copper. A few of these are even heat-resistant and water-soluble so that they remain intact even in lupine coffee. Like soy, lupine contains phytoestrogens which can protect you from breast and prostate cancer as well as cardiovascular diseases.
If you are allergic to peantus and soybeans, you should nevertheless stay way from lupine.
But the best part about lupine coffee is that it is the best coffee substitute out there when it comes to taste. In Europe, lupine coffee has a long tradition and dates back to the 1920s where farmers in South Tyrol used to drink it. Regular coffee beans were hard to get and usually very expensive. ‘Altreier Coffee’ named after the region in Austria where it was most popular is nowadays a known brand of lupine coffee. Lupine seeds also contain very little carbs which makes them a great equivalent to coffee beans when it comes to roasting.
If you decide to drink coffee during pregnancy or stay away from it, is up to you and your unique body needs. The rule of thumb is: do what feels good! But if you are a coffee lover like me and don’t do well with caffeine than lupine coffee is surely a great alternative.