Have you ever come across a rainbow latte?
Maybe it wasn’t multicoloured. Was it pink? Blue? Coffee alternatives have been popping up ALL over our Instagram feeds. They look almost too gorgeous to drink! They’re the latest trend in all things superfood.
The term ‘superfood’ is a bit of a buzzword that’s been thrown around a lot lately. Without getting too technical, a superfood basically means that the ingredient has lots of benefits to boost your health. So with more and more people becoming fixated on their health, these lattes are becoming more readily available for those cutting back or cutting out coffee. Not that coffee doesn’t have its benefits (I’m still drinking it!)!
Superfoods can feel overwhelmingly intimidating at first. But once you know what they are, it’s an easier concept to get your head around. So about those lattes…
If you want to know exactly what these bright and beautiful lattes are, I’ve broken it down in this post!
WTF are these superfood lattes and where can I get them?
> Chai: Let’s start with the most basic and popular coffee alternative. Chai (the Indian word for tea) is a mixture of black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and various other spices.
Where to get it: Single O (Surry Hills)
> Matcha: If a latte that you see is green – it more than likely has matcha in it. Essentially, matcha is a Japanese green tea powder made from finely ground green tea leaves. Matcha becoming a more popular coffee alternative as it possess more caffeine and antioxidants than regular green tea and gives you a similar energy boost to coffee, without the jitters.
Where to get it: Cre Asion (CBD)
> Turmeric: Also known as the golden latte because of its distinctive colour, the turmeric latte has become more popular in the last few years for its vast range of health benefits – including its ability to fight inflammation and aid your immune system. A typical turmeric latte often adds ginger and honey to the mix too.
Where to get it: Nalini’s Wholesome Street Food (Bondi)
> Red velvet: The red velvet latte is the most indulgent of the alternatives – it literally tastes like red velvet cake! (Think hot chocolate with a bit of extra sugar and red food colouring)
Where to get it: The Local MBassy (Ultimo) – order it with their red velvet pancakes! It’ll give you a sugar rush but it’s 100% worth it!
> Beetroot: It may sound odd at first, but many people are tipping the beetroot latte to be the next big trend! You could consider it as a healthier take on the red velvet latte, as beetroot (yep the typical root vegetable, but can sometimes be processed in the form of powder) contains more antioxidants and can help fight inflammation.
Where to get it: The Clean Treats Factory (Alexandria)
> Dandelion: The dandelion latte is more commonly known as LSD (an acronym for “latte of soy milk and dandelion”). It’s sourced from the dandelion plant root and then once roasted, has a similarly bitter (but not quite psychedelic) flavour to coffee. So why drink this caffeine-free alternative? It’s known to prevent the spread of bad bacteria and protect against artery disease.
Where to get it: Venus Wholefoods (Surry Hills)
> Blue algae: Also known as the unicorn latte or smurf latte, the primary ingredient algae is highly praised in the superfood world for its nutritional density, antioxidants and probiotic properties.
Where to get it: Bondi Wholefoods (North Bondi or Surry Hills)
> Taro: A frequent drink option on many Asian-inspired cafes, taro is a root vegetable (similar to potato) and is typically found in South East Asia and India. Taro is often underrated for its range of nutrients and antioxidants.
Where to get it: A Brewer’s Tale (Darlinghurst)
> Black sesame: Black sesame paste (derived from black sesame seeds) is often used in many Chinese and Japanese desserts – so this latte is a great option if you’re craving something sweet and an alternative to your basic hot chocolate.
Where to get it: Auvers Café (Rhodes)
> Charcoal: Otherwise known as goth lattes, charcoal is a popular ingredient for aiding digestion and cleansing the body. It’s appearing more and more in food – bonus points to you if you order it with charcoal bread!
Where to get it: Rukus Café (Newport)
> Rose: Its main ingredient rose water is known to reduce bloating and indigestion. It’s also known to have a calming effect and may aid in easing anxiety.
Where to get it: Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar (Redfern or Barangaroo) – Rose is mixed with cacao to create a “Turkish Delight” latte
So tell me…
Have you ever tried one of these? What did you think?