'Shot of broccoli with their flat white' - Melbourne café adding broccoli powder to coffee as part of research project

It's a divisive vegetable at the best of times, and now the humble broccoli could be the subject of even more debate in Australia – by putting it in your coffee.

The divisive concoction is part of a research and development project looking at ways to cut down on the vegetables which don’t make it onto supermarket shelves.

"Maybe in a year's time, everyone will be having a shot of broccoli powder with their flat white in the morning," Commonfolk Coffee Company founder Sam Keck said.

The powder is processed from broccoli that would otherwise go to waste or are deemed 'too ugly' to be stocked in supermarkets.

"We did some research a couple of years ago, particularly on broccoli, and we feel growers miss in Australia up to $18 million annually through waste," Horticulture Innovation Australia's David Moore said.

Two tablespoons of the powder has the same nutritional value as a serving of broccoli, researchers say.

Broccoli powders can be found in New Zealand, but at Mr Keck's café, creators may have found a way to give it a wider appeal.

"We figured, 'Well, it's Melbourne, so what better thing to do than to turn it into a latte,'" Mr Keck said.

"All the bearded hipsters love it. What a great thing to talk about, that they're doing something different," Mr Moore said.

Researchers are now looking to take the idea further by seeking out a commercial partner for what could be the latest food fad.

Two tablespoons of the powder, made from broccoli that would otherwise go to waste has the same nutritional value as one serving. Source: 1 NEWS

Disneyland Paris enters Marvel universe with Avengers theme

Helicopters, concept cars and SWAT teams shrouded in smoke heralded the launch of the first Avengers-themed season at Disneyland Paris following the announcement of plans for a $2.5 billion park expansion that will feature Marvel superheroes.

Movie and sports stars, including French Olympians Teddy Riner and Camille Lacourt, attended an official opening Saturday night for the season that brings the Disneyland resorts a step closer to merging its traditional cast of characters with the Marvel universe.

It follows similar moves in Hong Kong Disneyland as well as in the Disney California Adventure.



Trump on route to Singapore to try make peace with North Korea

US President Donald Trump is on route to Singapore to try and make peace with North Korea after a fractious meeting with some of the world's leaders at the G7 Summit in Canada.

Mr Trump backs himself as a deal maker and seems confident he'll know on Tuesday whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is genuinely wanting to make peace.

"In my heart we're going to be carrying the hears of millions of people from all over the world, we have to get denuclearisation,” Mr Trump told reporters at the G7 summit.

"I think that very quickly I'll know whether or not something good is going to happen."

Something good, would be North Korea agreeing to give up its nuclear weapons.

"I think to have a peace treaty on the 12th of June, would be a little bit overly ambitious," Korea expert Shawn Ho told 1 NEWS' Corin Dann.

However it is possible Kim Jong Un may be open to starting a long term process towards denuclearisation, giving Mr Trump some scope to claim success.

Corin Dann interviews Shawn Ho an expert in east Asian politics and security. Source: Q+A

"We have to start from somewhere, and this first meeting between the North Korean chairman and the US President is definitely a good start," said Mr Ho.

After North Korea's missile tests last year suggested it had the ability to bomb the US, the two leaders were at each others throats.

So what's changed since then?

Corin Dan interviews Washington Post Tokyo Chief Anna Fifield about the historic US-North Korea summit. Source: Q+A

"He [Kim Jong Un] needs to turn to the economy and really start growing that. And to be able to do that he needs to get rid of these sanctions or at least sap China's enthusiasm for enforcing these sanctions," Kiwi journalist Anna Fifield, an expert in Korean foreign affairs told Corin Dann on TVNZ1's Q+A today.

Some observers remain sceptical over whether Kim Jong Un can really be trusted, and whether Mr Trump is more interested in a photo op than real diplomatic progress.

But, if he gets a breakthrough, then the Nobel Prize he wants may not be out of question.

"If the outcome is denuclearisation then that has to be celebrated and if Donald Trump plays a role in that, that needs to be acknowledged," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Observers remain sceptical over whether Kim Jong Un can be trusted, and if Trump’s just interested in a photo-op or real diplomatic progress. Source: 1 NEWS