‘Babyccino’ Coffee for Children Fad Causes Outrage

New York City’s hip Brooklyn neighborhoods are playing host to one of the strangest baby fads in recent years – the “babyccino”, a coffee designed for your babies.

Brooklyn’s obsessive coffee culture has spawned “babyccinos” — frothy cups of small, foamy, surprisingly grown-up beverages for their pint-sized offspring, writes Eli Rosenberg at the Brooklyn Paper.

One parent, Eric Worcester, said:

“Our children love babyccinos!”

At $2 a serving, the coolest coffee joints are whipping this off-the-menu item to the coos of tots and proud parents alike, reports Fox News.

Katherine Haver has taken her nearly two-year-old son to cafes since he was a newborn.

“‘Coffee shop’ was one of his first words,” she said.

However, it’s unclear what effect giving young children hot, steaming milk and decaf espresso has on their health.

The off-menu drink is reportedly available at coffee shops in neighborhoods like Fort Greene and Park Slope, but not all baristas, a typically fiery and childless bunch, are going to play along, writes Joe Coscarelli at the New York Magazine.

Sean Chin of Gorilla Coffee in Park Slope, said:

“I have one customer who says that and it annoys the hell out of me.

“It is not on our menu — which we are making an effort to stick to.”

The trend started in Australia about a decade ago.

Australian coffee expert Paul Caligiore, said:

“They interrupt workflow, create milk wastage and can be served at a dangerous temperature to a vulnerable consumer.

“Babyccinos have become so popular in Australia it would be difficult to find a cafe that doesn’t have them on their menu.”

Wednesday
02 22, 2012
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