Last Updated 29th December 2020
- Tongkat Ali coffee is part of Malaysian tradition and culture, consumed daily by people from all walks of life.
- Tongkat Ali coffee is sold mainly in pre-packed all-in-one instant mix – often include ingredients which carry varying degrees of Tongkat Ali content, processed sugar and coffee beans.
- Seven out of ten Tongkat Ali coffee brands sold in the market today have a low quantity of Tongkat Ali content that brings little to no health benefits.
- The best Tongkat Ali coffee for maximum health benefit can be done at home using authentic Tongkat Ali powder infused with your favorite coffee and milk.
If you are searching for the best Tongkat Ali coffee, there are few things you need to know.
Firstly, Tongkat Ali coffee was made popular around the world by Malaysians, underpinned by the herbal tea/coffee traditions from South East Asia.
If you have been to Malaysia, you will find Tongkat Ali coffee served at traditional coffee shops, tucked away in urban and sub-urban areas.
Drop by any traditional or street coffee shops and ask for a Tongkat Ali coffee. They will be more than happy to serve you a cup in less than a minute.
As you sip and savor the taste, you may be wondering what makes Tongkat Ali coffee so special, and how on earth do you find the best Tongkat Ali coffee in a market filled with brands that you are not familiar with.
Now read on.
Tongkat Ali coffee is a century old tradition.
Yes, almost everyone in Malaysia drinks Tongkat Ali coffee. It is a century-old tradition filled with rich history.
Quintessentially Malaysian, Malaysian Tongkat Ali (from Eurycoma Longifolia) is now extremely popular amongst general consumers and health aficionados.
Tongkat Ali is consumed regularly in many forms – as functional ingredients and other food applications due to its scientifically proven health benefits.
Our ancestors used to boil the Tongkat Ali roots for hours back in the days before pouring it into a mug of coffee or tea. Fortunately, ancient traditional practices are no longer preferred, nor safe.
Now, here is a little secret.
Most coffee shop owners in modern days use all-in-one instant Tongkat Ali coffee packets. Hence, it only takes a hot cup of boiling water to complete the task.
What you must know that most all-in-one Tongkat Ali coffee contains major ingredients such as coffee powder, sugar and Tongkat Ali powder. And some blend special ingredients such as Ginseng too.
Here is one popular Tongkat Ali coffee brand – Ali Cafe.
Drinking pre-mixed instant Tongkat Ali coffee is undoubtedly popular in Indonesia too, a country that is rich with herbal tradition.
Nestled amongst the busy streets of Malaysia and Indonesia, artisan Tongkat Ali coffee using hand-roasted beans has proven to be more popular than the instant pre-mixed Tongkat Ali coffee.
It’s popularity in recent times amongst busy professionals and urban coffee drinkers extend beyond the required daily caffeine intake, but more to achieve general wellness as depicted in various research reports.
Tongkat Ali coffee can often dissapoint you.
Now, let’s get on to the second point.
Does Tongkat Ali coffee work?
More often than not, purchasing an instant Tongkat Ali coffee and expecting a pre-mixed coffee powder to deliver health benefits has often led to frustrations amongst consumers.
Some reported no noticeable or measurable improvements from the claimed benefits such as improved energy, testosterone, weight loss, muscle gain and libido.
There are two reasons behind this.
Firstly, there are plenty of fake or illegal Tongkat Ali coffee in the market today.
Secondly, the amount of Tongkat Ali content found in most pre-mixed Tongkat Ali coffees is sufficiently low that it does not bring any significant benefits to your health.
More about this later on.
Fake and Illegal Tongkat Ali coffees
With the increasing number of Tongkat Ali coffee brands sold each year, it makes it harder to identify fake Tongkat Ali or those containing illegal substances.
Authorities have seized plenty of fake Tongkat Ali coffees over the years. Brands such as the CNI Tongkat Ali Coffee, and Tongkat Ali Kopi Jantan sold in the United States were banned by USFDA due to desmethyl carbodenafil found in the Tongkat Ali coffee.
But is Tongkat Ali banned by USFDA?
Not Tongkat Ali is not banned by USFDA. The problem arises when Tongkat Ali is mixed with other illegal substances such as Viagra or Cialis.
So, don’t be easily duped! Most if not all Tongkat Ali coffee brands bring little to no health benefits if that is your goal.
We will explain more how you can overcome these challenges by having the best Tongkat Ali coffee whilst maximizing its benefits.
Besides fake or illegal Tongkat Ali coffees, did you know Tongkat Ali coffee contains a high level of processed sugar?
Perhaps that explains the surge of energy or perhaps a placebo effect after consuming Tongkat Ali coffee.
The next time you try one, ask yourself this question:
Am I getting the boost of energy from the caffeine in coffee, sugar or the amount of alkaloids in Tongkat Ali?
So its time to be aware of such claims from Tongkat Ali coffee brands out there.
Coffee and Tongkat Ali can be the perfect daily companion to your health with the right ingredients.
Most Tongkat Ali coffee brands do not give any benefits to your health
We have been told many times by our customers that Tongkat Ali coffee failed to deliver its health benefits and other hyped-up promises.
Most of the brands sold today are produced by profit-oriented corporations as a high growth business model by riding the hype on Tongkat Ali benefits.
If you are not aware of the ideal recommended dosage, drinking cups of Tongkat Ali coffee will not improve your testosterone or libido.
In fact, drinking cups of it daily does not give any positive health benefits as reported by scientists and experts.
If you are expecting a high amount of Tongkat Ali content in those Tongkat Ali coffee brands sold today, you will be utterly disappointed.
Now here is what we found.
The active content of Tongkat Ali found in most pre-mixed coffees is between 0.0039% and 0.0246% (7.8nanogram to 49.3ng)
A research study by the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) on 10 popular Tongkat Ali coffee brands revealed that seven of them contained only 0.25% to 1.6% of the Tongkat Ali herbal extract. And the active content that can be extracted from Tongkat Ali is much lower than that, averaging 0.0039% to 0.0246%.
According to FRIM medicinal plants programme director, Dr Rasadah Mat Ali, she concluded the low amount of Tongkat Ali found in Tongkat Ali coffee was not sufficient to benefit one’s health.
In reality, the amount of Tongkat Ali content that is scientifically proven to benefit health in many ways is based on daily consumption of 200mg to 400mg of pure Tongkat Ali herbal root extract.
You can read all about it from credible research papers published here.
Drinking cups of Tongkat Ali coffee filled with sugar may not be a good option if you are health conscious.
Now you must be thinking how much Tongkat Ali coffee do I need to drink to gain the health benefits?
Here is a rule of thumb used by many Tongkat Ali research experts.
If a person weighed 80kg, he would have to take a minimum of 80mg Tongkat Ali extract daily to enjoy its benefits.
If one packet of Tongkat Ali coffee contains an average of 7.8 nanogram of Tongkat Ali, it means you need to drink almost 100 cups to enjoy the health benefits.
Despite these findings, consumers still continue to purchase popular brands of Tongkat Ali coffee such as:
- AliCafe Tongkat Ali Coffee by PowerRoot
- Coffee Omega Tongkat Ali Coffee
- Nu-Prep Tongkat Ali Coffee
The Best Tongkat Ali Coffee Is Home Made
Do you know you can make your own Tongkat Ali coffee and still gain maximum health benefits?
But firstly you need to choose the right Tongkat Ali powder (or capsules) which has the highest level of potency such as Physta®.
Before we share the secret of how you can make your own Tongkat Ali coffee, let us recap the reasons why should make your own.
- The amount of Tongkat Ali available in the 3-in-1 prepacked Tongkat Ali coffee is usually less than 5mg. It does not give any benefit or much of a difference to your energy.
- The content of processed sugar in 3-in-1 Tongkat Ali coffees is very high – so you will end up consuming sugar, rather than reaping the real benefits from Tongkat Ali bio-active compounds.
- The coffee bean contained in the pre-mixed packet is not the best bean compared to the artisan coffee that you obtain from your favourite coffee shop.
So we have devised a simple Tongkat Ali coffee recipe that will kick-start your day with a bang in three simple steps!
With this tried-and-tested recipe using natural ingredients and the help of freeze-dried Tongkat Ali blend by AKARALI, the boost of energy is noticeable after you complete your first cup.
Combining authentic Tongkat Ali powder extract with your favourite coffee and honey is a healthy way to boost your energy for the day.
Best Tongkat Ali Coffee In 3 Simple Steps
- 1 cup of brewed freeze-dried coffee (medium roast by Haco SUISS)
- ½ teaspoon of Tongkat Ali (equivalent to 1 capsule of 200mg AKARALI)
- 1 teaspoon of Australian Bush Honey
- ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ½ cup of whole milk (if required)
- In a small saucepan, combine the coffee, milk, honey and Tongkat Ali. Cook and stir with low heat for 5 minutes. (Please do not let it boil.)
- Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
- Pour into cups or mugs and serve immediately.
Depending on the type of coffee beans, the overall taste will vary greatly. You can alter the taste of your Tongkat Ali coffee by adding more honey or organic brown sugar.
We recommend Sumatera Mandheling and Brazilian coffee beans should you need to brew your own coffee at home.
You can purchase freshley brewed Tongkat Ali coffee in Malaysia
Malaysia is a melting pot for food lovers and coffee aficionados. Lucky for us Malaysians, you can order freshly brewed artisan Tongkat Ali such as AKARALI™ Coffee directly to your doorstep.
This Tongkat Ali herbal coffee is specially formulated for coffee aficionados with an exquisite penchant for healthy living using fine natural ingredients such as Sumatera Mandheling beans and handpicked Tongkat Ali root extract.
Artisan Tongkat Ali coffees such as AKARALI Coffee are increasingly popular in Malaysia.
With two shots of espresso mixed with fresh dairy milk and 150mg of Tongkat Ali extract, the taste is earthy, smoky with a hint of bittersweet aftertaste.
At an unbeatable price of RM 8 (or USD 2) per bottle, this could be the best value for money Tongkat Ali coffee in town.
How often can I consume Tongkat Ali coffee?
Whether it is two, three or even four cups, the amount that you can consume largely depends on your tolerance as to how your body reacts on caffeine, and the amount of Tongkat Ali is added to the coffee.
However, in case you need to add AKARALI to your home-made Tongkat Ali coffee, our recommended dosage is up to 400 mg – 600mg daily.
In short, use 1 capsule (200mg) in each serving (in a cup with hot coffee) – ideally one in the morning and one in the evening after early dinner.
If you feel a bit jittery than usual (due to the effect of caffeine and alkaloids from Tongkat Ali), you may reduce the amount of coffee used gradually to balance the bitter taste.
If you have your own secret recipe of Tongkat Ali coffee, do let us know. We also would like to seek your reviews from our secret recipe here.
And don’t forget the best pairing if you are enjoying your Tongkat Ali coffee is with a burnt cheese cake!
Enjoy your coffee and leave your comments below!
Naressa Khan contributes regularly on AKARALI. As a writer and journalist, Naressa is all about creating, deconstructing, and reassembling meanings through words. With this approach always in mind, she eagerly explores the nuances in life via the aspects of lifestyle, culture, travel, health, and wellness.