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.