Discover the Superfood Power of Whole Coffee Fruit

Discover the Superfood Power of Whole Coffee Fruit

Almost 10 years ago, while I was hiking in Africa on the hunt for an exotic tree bark, I had my first taste of whole coffee fruit. My guides were grabbing bright, red berries off the wild coffee plants near the trail, so of course I did too!

Coffee fruit doesn’t have the traditional taste associated with brewed coffee beans and it isn’t a sweet fruit. It is tart, juicy, and absolutely seductive once you know both its nutritional and environmental benefits. I’ve wanted to bring it to the world ever since that day, but the timing was never right and the technology and sourcing to maintain its nutritional properties was not available.

Until now.

Using a proprietary process developed over the last 10+ years by a partner in Mexico, coffee fruit is now available in the newest Shakeology flavor, Café Latte.

How cool is that?! One of the first products that has coffee fruit in it is one that I helped formulate!!!

That makes me happy because I love to help get new important and diversified nutrient-dense foods on the market in a high-quality way so that people can actually receive the benefits! This is the first product of its kind on the market, but I’m sure more will follow, because coffee fruit flat out rocks!

Coffee fruit contains much higher levels of important nutrients than conventional coffee, so believe me, we didn’t add it to Shakeology just to offer the popular “coffee flavor.” We could have simply added coffee to do that. But conventional, processed coffee acidifies your body and comes with a monster jolt of caffeine that can have negative side effects the enteric nervous system.

Instead, we added coffee fruit to the healthiest meal of the day to make it even more powerful.

Here are just three of the health benefits that make whole coffee fruit far better than only coffee beans.

It comes down to the alchemy of nature: the perfect way food compounds are naturally combined and presented in nature. It turns out that eating the whole coffee fruit — the exterior fleshy fruit and the internal coffee bean — together creates a more powerful blend of nutrients, including antioxidants, polyphenols, and brain derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF). They are all incredibly important for your long-term health!


All of us are trying to live the healthiest, longest life possible, and antioxidants play a huge role in that by slowing aging in our bodies and fighting free radicals.

Free radicals in your body corrode cellular membranes, damage DNA, cause oxidation and even cell death.

Um, no thanks.

There’s a tipping point when all this damage creates premature aging, chronic health conditions and even allows disease to set in: allergies, arthritis, cancer, cataracts, Parkinson’s, etc.

But antioxidants are a great rescuer! They bind to free radicals in your body and make them harmless instead of dangerous. Eating plenty of foods high in antioxidants protects your body.

Coffee fruit has been found to be higher in antioxidants than tea, vitamin C and E, and many other fruits, including much higher than infamous antioxidant-rich blueberries.

Coffee Fruit


Polyphenols are an enhanced form of antioxidant found in many plants, but especially coffee fruit.

Polyphenols create the vibrant colors in fruits, berries, and vegetables, but they also protect the plants against a myriad of hazards (pathogens, oxidative damage, ultraviolet radiation, and even extreme heat, cold, etc.).

When you eat them in foods such as coffee fruit those same polyphenols “protect” your body as well, including fighting cancer cells and aging free radicals, lowering inflammation, building heart and brain health, and much more.

One specific polyphenol compound found in coffee fruit, chlorogenic acid, has an anti-diabetic and anti-obesity effect by reducing blood sugar levels and helping stabilize your weight.

Cool right?

What’s even cooler is coffee fruit’s neurotrophic potential. I know. Big word, but important.


So your brain needs a critical protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) for healthy functioning. It supports your brain’s neurons so they can grow even faster, develop stronger connections, and stay healthy. It keeps your brain young!

BDNF is key for learning and memory. Research shows low levels of BDNF contribute to Alzheimer’s, accelerated aging, poor neural development, and many mental diseases. This BDNF is huge as there is more and more exciting, cutting-edge information and research that will improve our understanding of how this can improve brain health.

A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition compared blood levels of BDNF after people were given doses of whole coffee fruit concentrate powder, green coffee caffeine, grape seed extract, and green coffee bean extract. Coffee fruit far exceeded all others in increasing BDNF levels, raising it by 143 percent!

In another study comparing whole coffee fruit extract with brewed coffee, only the coffee fruit extract resulted in a statistically significant increase in BDNF.

Research is promising that the BDNF from coffee fruit extract can be used to help fight mental diseases.

Stay tuned as this research and findings will only get more and more exciting!

I noticed when eating coffee fruit that it doesn’t give you the short-term jolt of stimulation you get from coffee. Instead it gives you a longer lasting mental clarity. Trust me, you’ll probably notice it when you try Café Latte Shakeology.

That is just the beginning of all the ways coffee fruit benefits your health, so it is hard to believe that it has been thrown away or just used a fertilizer by coffee farmers for so many years!

Coffee fruit is an amazing superfood packed with antioxidants, polyphenols, BDNF, and so much more. The research around it will only grow. It is time the world discovered the true superfood potential of coffee fruit!

Coffee Fruit on the Branch

About Darin Olien:

Nicknamed “The Indiana Jones of Superfoods,” Olien is a widely recognized exotic superfoods hunter, supplement formulator, and environmental activist who travels the planet discovering new and underutilized medicinal plants. He works closely with thousands of international farmers, growers, and manufacturers to get high-quality, fair-trade superfood and herbal commodities out to market. Since 2005 he has sourced more than 300 foods and ingredients from around the world, working directly with the people of Peru, Bhutan, the Amazon region, the Himalayas, the South Pacific, and many other countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Olien is a renowned authority on nutrition, hydration, and the potency of foods and herbs, which he writes about in his new book, SuperLife: The 5 Forces That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome. The book offers resources for simple lifestyle changes that create long term-health. It is a fad-free, myth-busting, individualized approach to health developed from Olien’s 20+ years of travel and research around the world.

About SuperLife:


Darin Olien’s health and wellness company, SuperLife, headquartered in Malibu, CA, shares resources and breaking research that demystify health, fitness, nutrition, and longevity into simple daily actions. Olien’s fad-free, super simple rules of healthy eating and living create life-long wellness and the opportunity to live a SuperLife – the greatest expression of life possible!

  • Melanie Hayes King
    Posted at 09:59h, 28 September Reply

    Do the seeds contain trace elements of arsenic like cherries and other seeds, i.e., apple seeds???

    • Darin Olien
      Posted at 10:07h, 28 September Reply

      Apricot seeds a great source of beneficial arsenic unlike the isolated molecular structure of manufactured arsenic. The seeds for the coffeefruit are in fact, coffee and are not known to have natural arsenic in them.

  • Akshay
    Posted at 07:49h, 02 November Reply

    Hello Darin

    I Willing to Know more about coffee fruit ,It’s Application in Beverages & It’s extraction Process ..Pls Let me know how do we move forward…I am From INDIA.

    Looking forward to hear from you….

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    Posted at 21:14h, 30 December Reply

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  • Joanna
    Posted at 04:37h, 21 January Reply

    I just listened to you on the Rich Roll podcast- thank you for sharing your insights and vast depth of knowledge. Lots for me to reflect on and try to integrate. You mentioned that coffee permanently kills stem cells. Are you making a compromise here to sell a product? Does this also apply to the coffee fruit? Reading above it looks like the Shakeology recipe uses fruit and bean.

    • Darin Olien
      Posted at 04:47h, 21 January Reply

      Hey Joanna, Thank you. I am glad you got some things out of the the podcast. No the coffeefruti with the whole been in it’s natural state is not a concentration of the caffeine from the coffee therefore does not seem to harm the stem cells plus the coffee fruit has many beneficial compounds and antioxidants that seem to help to preserve the body’s telelomers and support stem cells. It is really the coffee’s concentration because coffee prepared in a cup is an extract and is not even close to the broad spectrum alchemy of the fruit with the bean in a slow, careful process preserving many elements and bringing out others that no longer existing in prepared coffee.

  • Lisa Marie Bennett
    Posted at 14:02h, 13 March Reply

    Hello, Darin! This is a cool little super fruit. I am excited to add it to my diet. I am curious, aside from the Shakeology, can I buy coffee fruit anywhere to add to my own recipes?
    Thanks for your help!

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    Posted at 17:57h, 15 July Reply

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  • Eric A. Carini
    Posted at 22:01h, 28 August Reply

    Hello Darin,
    I just discovered your discussion of the benefits of eating ripe coffee “cherry”.
    I happen to live in Captain Cook on the Island of Hawaii on an 8 acre organic coffee farm. I also suffered from an ischemic stroke in 2015..
    I first learned of the existence of BDNF in coffee fruit when I bought a supplement from a company producing naturally healthy supplements.
    During the harvest season here (which is just beginning I do a little picking , despite being hobbled by mobility problems resulting from the stroke, which left me with “semi-plegia on my left side.
    Since discovering that whole coffee fruit has potentially neurogenic properties, I make a point of eating 4-5 “cherries” a day . I akso freeze a few lbs. of cherry at the end if the harvest allowing me to access the fruit during the off- season.
    I am curious to know your thoughts/ suggestions and whether it would be helpful to eat more/ day ?
    Thanks for your help!

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