Culture

How We Killed Coffee In 2018

From broccoli infusions to the charcoal latte, 2018 signaled peak bastardisation of the bean.

By Sarah Bristow

Culture

From broccoli infusions to the charcoal latte, 2018 signaled peak bastardisation of the bean.

By Sarah Bristow

Australians are a nation of unabashed coffee addicts. We’re fiends for the bean, with 75 per cent of the country indulging in at least one cup a day, and 28 per cent eager for three or more. But that doesn’t mean we know how to treat it right.

Perpetually unsatisfied, society has instead found an ongoing passion for forever improving on coffee as it stands, despite Australia already being home to some of the best. Australia’s cafes now have menus overflowing with bigger and better gimmicks when it comes to coffee. All manner of pantry leftovers have made their way into coffee in cafes around the globe. Canada boasts a coffee loaded with cereal (thanks but no thanks Cafe Melbourne in Montreal) and perhaps more abhorrently Commonfolk Melbourne introduced the Broccoli Latte. Oh, how I wish the latter were a joke, but unfortunately it’s a real brew that consists of a traditional latte partnered with broccoli powder. (A coffee’s perfectly creamy taste destroyed all in the name of health benefits).

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