Coffee fads: vegan blue algae coffee

beans and groundsIf you’re strictly an Americano type of person, then the chances are you won’t find the new trendy ‘blue coffee’ too appealing! Matcha Mylkbar in Melbourne, Australia, has launched the super-healthy drink on Instagram, and it really does look like a bright blue cappucino. It can only be a matter of time before it starts appearing in trendy coffee bars in the UK, and it’s already been nicknamed the ‘smurf latte’.

Although coffee artificially tinted with food colouring isn’t new, this blue coffee is naturally coloured thanks to a special ingredient – E3 live blue algae, an edible freshwater plant. Devotees of this ‘superfood’ claim it boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation and supports nervous functions. Other ingredients in the blue latte include lemon, giner agave and coconut milk, so it’s vegan, sugar free and caffeine free. Matcha Mylkbar owner Nic Davidson said of the taste, “It’s a quite sweet and ‘soury’ kind of taste … but it’s a difficult to explain taste — everyone thinks it’s different.”

Despite the odd appearance and unusual ingredients, the drink is proving a hit in Australia with sales topping 100 in just four days. With interest levels running high, it can only be a matter of time before the ‘smurf latte’ hits our shores – so get ready, UK!

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed one important thing about the blue latte, though – it doesn’t actually contain any coffee! That, combined with the fact that it’s an unusual colour and may taste a bit odd makes us think we’ll stick to our good old fashioned lattes, made with real coffee beans.

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