THESE COLOURFUL, CREATIVE AND JUST PLAIN CRAZY BEVERAGES ARE MAKING BIG WAVES IN THE GOLD COAST’S COFFEE SCENE – WE’RE TALKING FUNKY LATTES (AND ALL THE PLACES YOU CAN TRY THEM YOURSELF).
Whether it’s cold drip or cold brew, decaf or a deconstructed (á la Melbourne) it can be hard to keep up with Australia’s ever-changing, yet always thriving coffee culture. But if there’s one variety in particular that’s been the subject of much experimentation, it’s the latte.
Its official name is the café latte, which quite literally translates to ‘coffee milk’. But in recent years – particularly here on the Gold Coast – we’ve seen a number of new latte styles popping up on café menus.
It all started with the chai latte. For years, chai had its time in the sun as perhaps the most popular, ‘quirky’ latte alternative. Its popularity was hardly surprising, considering that the spicy warmth of chai tea combined with frothy milk, all sprinkled with sugary cinnamon, makes the drink taste like a literal ‘hug in a mug’. But it wasn’t long before chai’s top spot was contested by the matcha latte – the green-hued latte that combines milk, hot water and matcha, the specially-grown, processed and finely ground Japanese green tea. And, once people realised that lattes could be every colour of the rainbow, the floodgates opened.
After a red, gold or blue latte? How about all of the colours of the rainbow? Or none of them, if a black latte is more your scene? Not only are all of these options possible – they’re darn delicious. And the Gold Coast offers them in abundance.
Taste the rainbow…
The golden latte is made from turmeric – a plant with a medicinal history stretching back nearly 4000 years, with roots (pun intended) in Hindi culture. Check out these places putting the Gold (Coast) in ‘golden latte’:
- Board Culture // Mermaid Beach
- The Cardamom Pod // Broadbeach and Southport
Also offers beetroot latte, matcha latte, gingerbread latte, soya-dandelion latte, and more!
- No Name Lane // Broadbeach
Try also an activated charcoal latte here
This green machine is reportedly packed with heaps of good stuff – including important antioxidants, chlorophyll and vitamins. Get your fix at one of these spots around the Gold Coast.
- Raw Espresso // Southport
- BSKT Café // Mermaid Beach
- The Paddock Bakery // Miami
- Barefoot Barista // Palm Beach
Try also their sticky masala chai
- Woodbox Café // West Burleigh
They even have a dandy latte and a Smurf latte (?!!)
- Forreal Kitchen // Nobby Beach
While here, also try a turmeric latte, matcha latte, charcoal latte, the Avatar latte, the Magical Medicinal Mushroom latte and the ‘Radiance’ latte.
- Bam Bam Bakehouse // Mermaid Beach
- Elk Espresso // Broadbeach
- The Milkman’s Daughter // Mermaid Beach