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Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur Turns his Attention to Green Coffee

How did he get involved with this initiative and what has been his role so far in promoting green coffee?

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Another way to use green coffee is by adding it in cupcakes, cold brews and even milk and cereals," Kapur told IANS in an interview ahead of the International Coffee Day on October 1. Pixabay

He’s curated a ‘satvik’ meal for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hosted four seasons of MasterChef India and an 18-episode “Pickled Nation” TV series. Now, celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur has turned his attention to green coffee that he says “has a neutral flavour, giving it the added advantage of being versatile”.

“I have prepared cookies using green coffee powder and they are fantastic. Because the taste of green coffee is unlike roasted coffee, it can easily blend into different foods. Another way to use green coffee is by adding it in cupcakes, cold brews and even milk and cereals,” Kapur told IANS in an interview ahead of the International Coffee Day on October 1.

How did he get involved with this initiative and what has been his role so far in promoting green coffee?

Kapur first got introduced to green coffee when he was out of the country travelling, and his initial research was not encouraging — it was a beverage that was not highly spoken about.

Celebrity, Chef, Kunal Kapur
I have prepared cookies using green coffee powder and they are fantastic. Pixabay

“While there was a certain amount of education involved, not many focused on its flavour and taste. This is a unique beverage that is mild in taste (unlike your regular roasted coffee) with a distinctive aroma. While there is availability of the product, there is also a certain understanding that is needed in terms of its preparation, the experience of drinking it and most importantly, the health benefits it offers. Therefore I hope to encourage people in starting to include this in their daily routine by just making a healthier choice with a healthier coffee,” Kapur explained.

How does one extract green coffee?

Coffee beans are actually green seeds with a bright red berry inside. When it is roasted, it turns the seeds brown, giving it a certain aroma along with the flavour of coffee. For the green coffee bean extract, the seeds are left unroasted and when soaked, it creates a concentrated extract which is known as “green coffe”.

In other words, green coffee is coffee beans in their natural form. There are various forms to consume green coffee. One of the easiest ways to have it is through coffee powder which is soluble in water and easy to prepare, Kapur elaborated.

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What are the benefits of green coffee?

Green coffee is lower in caffeine and is not only packed with health benefits, but is also great to taste, Kapur said, adding that since it is made with only unroasted beans, it does’nt taste like traditional roasted coffee.

“It has a neutral flavour, giving it the added advantage of being versatile. Green coffee beans have up to 3X antioxidant power than regular coffee, making it a naturally healthy alternative. A natural antioxidant called Chlorogenic acid that is present in green coffee not only protects your health, but also keeps your skin healthy. Moreover, it aids in weight management and helps regulate metabolism, amongst various other benefits,” Kapur said.

Celebrity, Chef, Kunal Kapur
Because the taste of green coffee is unlike roasted coffee, it can easily blend into different foods. Pixabay

What is its future?

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“I feel green coffee is just a start towards the growing demand in the health segment. There is a huge push needed to make people aware about the availability of healthy alternatives. There are innumerable choices present in categories ranging from breakfast to snacking as well as main meals. Green coffee, oats, coconut, vegetarian protein, moringa etc. are some very unique offerings now available,” Kapur concluded. (IANS)

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“Imperfections Make us Real”, Says Actor Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann reveals that he finds perfection boring

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According to Ayushmann, Perfection is quite passe today because we have all realised that we are imperfect and we celebrate that quite vocally. We no longer aspire to become perfect, we aspire to be better. Wikimedia Commons

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana is currently the audience’s favourite imperfect hero on screen. He considers imperfect characters to be the most real and believes that the audience connects to such people instantly due to relatability.

“Our imperfections make us real and everyone connects to people and stories that are absolutely real, that they can easily relate to and are believable. People should be able to see the problems, the joys, the pain, the victories, the ambitions, the imperfections and say ‘yes we are like this, we feel the same thing and we have lived the same life’. And this is what drives me to choose my films,” Ayushmann said.

His imperfect characters in films like “Vicky Donor”, “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”, “Bareilli Ki Barfi”, “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan”, “Bala” and “AndhaDhun” were loved by many.

“I’m on a constant lookout for imperfection because invariably they give us the best stories to tell. An imperfect man can do something incredibly heroic and that’s what the audience will love.

“Triumphing over one’s situation, one’s own self are the stories that people love to see. If you look at all my films, I have played an imperfect hero, a flawed human being who goes through his own struggles to do something out of the ordinary. These are the characters that appeal to me because such characters are genuine and fortunately the audience has also loved these on screen,” he said.

Ayushmann reveals that he finds perfection boring.

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Actor Ayushmann Khurrana is currently the audience’s favourite imperfect hero on screen. He considers imperfect characters to be the most real and believes that the audience connects to such people instantly due to relatability. Bollywood Country

“There is an inherent charm about imperfection which is infectious. They are highly interesting, they have a distinct personality, they have a gripping journey and it’s very appealing,” he said.

“Perfection is quite passe today because we have all realised that we are imperfect and we celebrate that quite vocally. We no longer aspire to become perfect, we aspire to be better.

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“We recognise that the struggle is real and we celebrate who and what we actually are. We aren’t afraid to look into our own eyes and accept ourselves in our truest form. That’s what I want to champion on screen through my work,” he added. (Bollywood Country)