Coffee Leaves

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The popular coffee and tea have a new runner up, not quite on the market yet and waiting to get approved is the new Coffee leaves which are high in antioxidants and can be brewed just like tea, but grinding up the leaves.

Apparently the Coffee leaves taste like tea. Also the Coffee leaves have a natural chemical called “Mangiferin” that is also found in Mangoes. The leaves only produce the natural chemical “Mangiferin”, non is found in the beans.

Also these leaves from the Coffee plant are known to have more antioxidants that coffee or tea.

More information can be found in “the Annals of Botany” according to the news and video.

According to “Leslie Beck “(a registered dietician) has mentioned that these coffee leaves are consumed in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

Reference: “CTV news” – Article – “Hot Hybrid, Coffee-leaf tea packs antioxidant punch”


The Coffee leaf produces “Mangiferin” which is also found in Mangoes.

Since the “Mangiferin” is a “xanthonoid” is a classified as a “natural Phenolic”. —- More of a breakdown and learning about the pigments found in fruits and vegetables.

Breakdown of pigment structure found in plants:
– “Mangiferin” is a “xanthonoid”
– the “xanthonoid” is classified as a “natural Phenolic”

“Biological pigments” in plant structure is called “photosynthesis”
– Now Chlorophyll generates a green hue in plants with the pigment colors of red and yellow that has the lightest energy.

Chlorophyll – the chlorin that produces yellow and blue to create green leaves.

Cartenoids – to create the colorful array of yellow, red and orange pigments in fruit and vegetables is called “ tetraterpenoids”.

— (cartotene – found in carrots, orange pigments);
–a yellow version of fruits and vegetables is called lutein.
— the vibrant red tomatoes have the lycopene.
yellow, red, orange pigments are called tetraterpenoids .
– There is over 600 cartenoids in both plant and animals.


Anthyocyanins – are known as “flowery blue”, although these are found in the full array of plants, showing up mostly in the flower petals. In the shaded tropical plants the purple color of the reversible side of the green leaf is also known as “Anthyocyanins” Because light is passed through the leaves and chlorophyll is present and this maximizes quantity of light. “Water-soluable”.

Betalaines – Pigment color is yellow and red, these are also like the Anthocyanins and are also water-soluble. These compounds are synthesized from “tryosine”. The deep red in beets is this particular pigment and is used in food coloring. The classification of the Caryophyllales is also found in carnations, carnivorous, cactus, amaraths and known for relation to the succulents plant life.

Now if the coffee leaf was like a Anthyocyanins the shaded version of tropical plants in the shade of purple, it maybe toxic to congest it, several tropical leafed plants are toxic. Specially that the succulents related to the tropical plant range, like the
Deffenbalker (known to be toxic to cats), the white fluid inside the tropical plants are also known to be not good.

Some tropical fruits for instance are not for human consumption. For instance, the one yellow fruit grown on a tree in Jamaica looks ripe, but is not edible and is known to be quite toxic.

It is know that the article brings up the coffee leaf study. Coffee has been around for a long time, although there is many more options in our future to expand the knowledge of the plant itself.

Until there is further study about the coffee leaf tasting quite like tea, I think it is best to know that there is further study.                                        Research:  Wikipedia

Since coffee is grown around the world, to take into consideration of the nutrients that the coffee plant is exhuming in the soil as it grows, climate also plays a part of the growth of the plant.

According the coffee article more research is being done for the coffee leaf and until more information is available it is not available to consume.

For more information, learn more about the Coffee Leaf — Kew Royal Botanic Gardens —-The Annals of Botany —