The Rice Coffee

The rice coffee

Rice Coffee is popular in the mountainous region of the Philippines.

Do you know about rice coffee? Rice coffee might be your first time hearing it, and it may not be your cup of coffee, but did you know that rice coffee is healthier than your regular coffee beans?

Yes, that is right, rice coffee is a healthy coffee, but this type of coffee is not popular in the market, but rice coffee is quite popular in the mountainous region of the Phillippines.

In the Philippines, they use rice coffee as a substitute for coffee beans. Rice coffee doesn’t have the caffeine that actual coffee has but people who tried rice coffee swear that it helps treat an upset stomach.

The health benefits of rice include its ability to provide fast and instant energy, regulate and improve bowel movements, stabilize blood sugar levels, and slow down the aging process, while also providing an essential source of vitamin B1 to the human body. Other benefits include its ability to boost skin health, increase the metabolism, aid in digestion, reduce high blood pressure, help weight loss efforts, improve the immune system and provide protection against dysentery, cancer, and heart disease. Rice is a fundamental food in many cultural cuisines around the world, and it is an important cereal crop that feeds more than half of the world’s population.

Rice coffee doesn’t cause acid reflux that is why it is pleasant to the stomach, is gluten-free and has a very low-calorie hit. Though rice coffee does not provide you the pleasure that you can get from your regular coffee beans, but it can be a substitute if you ran out of coffee.

Rice Coffee

Filipinos usually have this as their morning brew instead of coffee, one of the reasons is because it is cheaper than coffee beans, and it can be drunk by children.

How does it taste?

If you are a hard coffee drinker rice coffee might not be your cup of coffee because the taste is way too far from actual coffee beans. Some innovative Pinoys have found ways to get as close as possible to the taste of actual coffee by adding other stuff in it, like roasted soy or mung beans. Rice coffee is much milder than black coffee and you can also add cream or milk, sugar or honey to sweeten.

If you want to know how rice coffee is done here’s a post from adobo flavour shop


  • Measurement shown below is for every 250 ml cup of rice coffee
  • 1 tbsp uncooked rice grains (we roasted ¼ to ½ cup of uncooked rice at a time)
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 200 ml boiling water (6.7 fluid oz)
  • 50 ml milk (1.7 fluid oz)


Roasting the rice

  1. Heat a cast iron pan until very hot. Place uncooked rice grains onto the pan and try to spread it out as evenly as possible. Let it stay for a minute or so.
Rice coffee roasting the rice
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2. Start moving the rice around so that it will roast evenly all around.

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3. Watch until the rice turns into a golden, nut brown color. This is when you must pay extra attention.

Rice coffee turns medium roast
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4. As soon as the rice turns dark brown, remove from heat immediately and transfer into another container.

Rice coffee medium roast
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5. If you want a stronger flavor, let it stay in the cast iron pan longer letting the remaining heat roast it slowly—just don’t burn the rice too much as completely black has an unpleasant taste.

Rice coffee dark roast
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Brewing the beverage

6. Put a kettle of water to boil.

Brewed rice coffee
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7. As soon as it starts boiling, put in the roasted rice (1 tbsp for every 200 ml of water).

Brewing rice coffee
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8. Let it boil uncovered on medium-low heat for 5 minutes (boiling longer does not result in stronger flavour).

Boiling rice coffee
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9. Pour into a cup or mug (you can strain it if you want).Add milk, sugar, honey or any sweetener to taste (although having it long black is also nice).

Serving rice coffee
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What do you think about this rice coffee? Let us know your thoughts on the comment box when you tried doing one.