#InstaLove: Colourful lattes and where to find them in Australia
These lattes look too pretty to drink but the best part is that they’re not made with mere food colouring
Australia has a strong coffee culture so it's no surprise when its baristas start adding different dashes of colour to their cuppa for 'a change of scenery'. Of course, coloured lattes are not entirely new but it's a whole different story when it carries a small health claim. Tourism Australia gives us a few recommendations on where to find some of the best cuppas of these colourful lattes.
The new Australian latte craze started with matcha lattes and golden lattes. The former, using green tea powder, isn't a stranger to our ears and the latter, which uses turmeric as the key ingredient, is slowly picking up locally (it's an acquired taste).
Most forward-thinking cafes in Australia would have both on their menus, such is the case of 80/20 in Canberra where the owners see high sales for them. "The matcha latte is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of drink," says owner Klarisa Cengic, "because the matcha powder has an earthy flavour, and we serve it unsweetened."
Their golden latte has also become a firm favourite among its health-conscious customers. The secret: blending the turmeric with cinnamon, ginger, honey and cracked pepper, and using almond milk. "Turmeric has great anti-inflammatory properties," she says. "If you're sick and you're trying to deal with sinus inflammation, a golden latte will definitely help you."
Sounds intriguing? Cult Melbourne cafe Matcha Mylkbar called it a surf latte. Made with live blue algae, the drink gained popularity pretty quickly and has since popped up in cities all over the world.
The original formulation at Matcha Mylkbar, however, uses E3 algae, ginger, lemon, coconut milk and brown rice malt. "E3 is the most nutritionally dense superfood on the planet," says Matcha Mylkbar co-owner Nic Davidson.
The Local Mbassy in Sydney is one such place with its version made from espresso, raspberry powder (for both colour and sweetness) and extra-frothy milk. "It's like you're drinking a warm liquid marshmallow," says owner Sam Clarke.