Carrot-cino is the latest coffee trend, and honestly, this is too much for us
This article originally appeared in Extra Crispy.
Yesterday, the image of a “carrot-cino”—yes, that is in fact a tiny coffee drink served inside a hollowed out carrot—circulated, prompting the internet’s understandable response of “WHY?” The drink echoed the recent avocado latte frenzy, which sent most of us into a facepalm so swiftly it may have hurt a bit. Locals Corner, the cafe in Australia responsible for the carrot coffee, plays with serving coffee in other produce as well, recently being a hollow green apple on a pineapple slice coaster. Indeed, my first reaction to seeing the carrot-cino was less than enthusiastic to say the least. But then I got a little hopeful. If the hulled carrot was eaten or composted after being used as a vessel, no garbage was produced.
Unlike ceramic coffee cups, which need to be washed with soap and water, and to-go cups, which at best are maybe recycled (and at worst remain in a landfill for eternity), if you’re not counting the waste generated in milk, coffee, and produce production, using a carrot or apple as a coffee cup is a pretty ecological idea.
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Of course, produce lattes are more likely intended to be served to customers planning to sit down to Instagram and then drink their coffee than to replace plastic, paper, and styrofoam to-go cups. Even though some cafes offer a nominal discount for using a personal cup, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually seen someone hand over their thermos to a barista on a weekday morning. But considering how often I see someone walk out of a Starbucks with the latest pastel drink, it’s clear people love a good food trend, taste and practicality be damned. Could disguising environmentally-friendly cups as viral and trendy be the secret to getting people to change their ways?
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OK, I’m sure eliminating waste was not on the cafe’s mind when they poured coffee into a carrot. And deep down, I know it’s a pipe dream to think there’s a chance that produce lattes could help the environment, but with our current global climate, (and I mean that both in terms of prevailing public attitude and environmental conditions) a little hope is a nice thing to have.