Growing up, we considered it thoroughly fancy when Mum and Dad brought a coffee plunger to the table after a big family do.
"Ooh, really?" we'd all chirrup, as a block of ground coffee was dug out of the freezer, and we would stare as the plunger was pressed, with great ceremony, into the murky brown liquid.
It was the height of coffee culture available to us… and if we only knew where it was all headed.
Indeed we are now living in a time of explosive experimentation in the world of coffee. Driven by trends such as turmeric, matcha, charcoal, and even glitter, these highly Instagrammable coffee creations leave the humble plunger in the dust. In our modern times, the latte can be said to be a truly versatile art form.
And you know what else is truly versatile? The humble spud. Willing to be there for your every food need, it can be a meal, a side, a snack, a soup, a flour, a vodka, and now, perhaps, a latte?
One cafe in Melbourne (of course) has taken up the challenge to create a potato-like beverage to out-hipster them all. Introducing, the taro latte:
Long Story Short in Port Melbourne and Brunswick have created a darling lavender-coloured latte brought to you by taro, the root vegetable native to southeast Asia and known for its purple skin and is very similar to a sweet potato – though not technically part of the same family.
Sydney’s Local Mbassy have also taken up the taro challenge, serving a Hot Taro Latte that they describe has having a nutty vanilla flavour. Odds are it has some good Vitamin B in there too!
Hot Taro Latte // Nutty vanilla-like taste, topped with creamy steamed milk. ° #localmbassy #camposcoffee #sydneycafe #sydneyeats #foodporn #breakfastinsydney #brunch #pancakes #breakfast #dessert #sydneyfoodcrew #ultimo #brunch #goodfoodau #urbanlisted #broadsheetsydney #sydneyeats #foodporn #boutiquecafe #eggporn #sydneyfood #sydneycoffee #sydneybrunch #specialtycoffee #brunchinsydney #sydneyfoodie #foodie #restaurantaustralia #seeaustralia #visitnsw
What a time to be alive!
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza