OUT­LANDISH LAT­TES

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).

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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.

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