What do you get when you mix an already-hyped-up-on-life toddler, a mini-cup of joe and stir? Babycinos, as in baby-sized cappuccinos.
While the cute little concoctions are nothing more than steamed milk with bits of chocolate or cinnamon sprinkled on top, they have become the in thing with the chi-chi crowd at a few coffee shops in Brooklyn, New York.
But do they make a latte sense?
"When their parents come in and get coffee, their child will get a babycino and feel included," Gemma Redwood, the owner of Bittersweet told HLN affiliate WPIX.
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While the drink may be newish in the American market, the babycino has been at the center of a frothy debate in other parts of the world. Last fall an Australian blogger got a cupful from baristas and the coffee industry when she suggested a fund-raiser for a children’s hospital be funded with proceeds from, you guessed it, babycinos.
“I don’t think anyone understood the campaign,” Yvette DuBourdieu of Ellaslist.com told BeanScene. “We’re not asking for cafés to spoon out babycinos forever, it’s an opt-in campaign for family-friendly cafés that want to attract more business. It’s about connecting families with their local business and raising money for charity.”
Some lovers of gourmet coffee are even quite steamed about giving a child an adult-like beverage.
“It’s a little too adult,” said one woman interviewed by WPIX.
Sean Edwards, managing director of cafe consultancy company Cafe Biz told the Sydney Morning Herald, "Smart operators are using babycinos to boost their business. Not only are they introducing a new generation to coffee drinking but they know that if the kids are happy then mum will stay and have another cup."
HLN readers, what do you think? Is the babycino an innocent treat to keep baby occupied at the coffee shop? Or is it a cup full of trouble?