By Karen Ciano of QUINCY LANE.
“A Babycino (Australia) or the Fluffy (New Zealand) is a drink of frothed milk but no coffee (hence no caffeine). It is primarily Marketed to children (as a coffee-free cappuccino, as the name indicates), and sometimes topped with marshmallows, a chocolate flake or sprinkles.” Wikipedia
It seems this little treat is like many other things and people, with New Zealanders and Australians arguing over invented it! Whoever it was and wherever it was, it seems to have been a great idea.
As our lifestyles have changed so much from when we were children, so I ask ‘are these Babycino’s breeding an even more intense ‘coffee culture’ into the next generation?’ So many parents include this into, not only their daily ritual, but it’s become daily routine and necessity.
Prices and quality seems to vary so much from cafe to care, with food bloggers even writing reviews on them, as if they were the finest Black Truffles. They vary from free with a coffee to $3.50 each at some of Sydney’s Harbourside cafes. Some just having chocolate sprinkled on the top to marshmallows, chocolates or biscuits on the side. Even ‘Babycino art’ with faces made on the top with chocolate. However much they cost, we still buy them for that 10 minutes of peace and quiet to enjoy our own coffee. We’d probably be prepared to pay much more some mornings.
Should cafes charge for them or give them away free as part of the service?
Working in a cafe for so many years, I must say I have seen some children ‘loose it’ when we’ve run out of marshmallows. Are we encouraging this self-centred behavior before we really need to, or is it just a harmless cup of frothy milk?
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