It’s all too easy to get stuck in a coffee rut: One minute, you’re convinced you’ve discovered the ideal brew method and coffee-to-milk ratio, and the next, you wake up and discover that your go-to oat latte is… meh. However, if you’re looking to switch up your coffee routine—and possibly reap even more health benefits—sparkling coffee may be the way to go.
Typically made with carbonated water and citrous infusions in place of the traditional cream and sugar, sparkling coffee is a refreshingly effervescent substitute for your daily caffeine fix. There is no one-size-fits-all method for making it, but Dan McLaughlin, owner of Cleveland’s small batch coffee roaster Golden Triangle Coffee, recently shared his prefered method in a TikTok video. He appropriately refers to the beverage as a sparkling Americano, as it contains mineral water, an orange segment, basil for flavour, and, of course, espresso.
“Many people are unaware, but citrous fruit really, really complements the flavours of coffee,” McLaughlin says of his prefered brew. “When they combine, they bring out such a beautiful, natural sweetness that I can’t get enough of.”
To that end, this trendy beverage (which is now commercially available from brands such as Vivic) may appeal to those who find coffee too bitter, according to Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, a dietitian based in New York City and author of the cookbook Unapologetic Eating. “Adding some bubbles can help offset some of the bitterness,” she explains.
“Depending on the amount and frequency with which you consume coffee, it can be slightly dehydrating,” Rumsey explains. “By adding [water] to coffee, you will increase your hydration.” After all, caffeine is a diuretic.
And while any type of water is beneficial for digestion—”Hydration is critical for a healthy gut,” Rumsey says—making your sparkling coffee with carbonated mineral water may be the best option if you’re looking for a digestive boost. That’s because mineral water derived naturally from springs may contain minerals such as magnesium, calcium, sodium, and zinc (the exact mineral content varies by brand and source), all of which may benefit gut health. For example, one study involving 70 participants indicated that mineral water high in magnesium and sodium may aid in constipation relief.