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.
"âCoffee 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."