More Kiwis waking to home brewed coffee

CAFE QUALITY: But brewed in your own home.
CAFE QUALITY: But brewed in your own home.

Kiwis are downing more cups of coffee thanks to the rise of the home espresso machine and while connoisseurs claim the home-made stuff is as good as what's on offer in cafes, nutritionists say you can have too much of a good thing.

New research from customer satisfaction ratings firm Canstar Blue found 60 per cent of 391 Kiwis surveyed drank more coffee after buying an espresso machine.

More than 70 per cent of espresso machine owners drank instant coffee before they bought their machine, according to the Canstar Blue survey.

Wellingtonian Adam Gibson bought a Nespresso espresso machine about two months ago.

Gibson said during the "honeymoon period" he was drinking a lot of coffee but had since dropped back to about two cups a day. The coffee from his machine was "pretty much on par" with café coffee, he said.

The 23-year-old said he made at least one cup of coffee a day using the machine and bought one while at work. Once a week he upped his dose to three cups of coffee when he worked from home.

The amount he saved in buying coffee was unlikely to pay for his $200 machine but it was convenient and worth the money, he said.

The survey found 60 per cent of Kiwis preferred the coffee they made at home to café coffee.

Flight Coffee founder and award-winning barista Nick Clark of Wellington said coffee made at home, using an espresso machine, could be just as good, if not better than a $5 cup from a café. However, New Zealanders' faith in their home espresso machines was often misplaced, he said, with plunger and filter coffee the way to go.

"If you have really good beans that are roasted well and ground fresh you're setting yourself up for a win. All you need to add is hot water."

Clark said cafes were still doing good business. Flight coffee sold about 500 cups of coffee a day and about 5kg of beans for domestic use, Clark said.

The Canstar Blue survey found 75 per cent of Aucklanders increased their coffee intake since purchasing a home espresso machine, compared to 49 per cent of Wellingtonians and 55 per cent of Cantabrians.

New Zealand Nutrition foundation nutritionist Carmel Trubuhovich said there was no specific recommendation regarding daily coffee or caffeine consumption. However, more than 500 milligrams or three cups a day was considered too much, she said.

It was important to consume things in moderation but different people had different tolerances and different metabolic rates so it was difficult to say exactly how much coffee was too much, Trubuhovich said.

Meanwhile, pregnant women should not have any more than 200mg of coffee a day and children should not have any.

For a serious health problem to manifest, such as a stomach ulcer, someone would have to be drinking "extreme amounts" of coffee on an empty stomach, Trubuhovich said.

But having a couple of cups of coffee a day was nothing to worry about.

Sunday Star Times