Can I Get a Babyccino with That?

As you walk into your local cafe and notice a 3-year-old sitting in the corner with his mother sipping on what looks like a foamy, velvety cappuccino, don’t doubt your vision: That’s exactly what it is. And because its a fad it’s gotta have a cutesy amalgam of a name, right? Yup — it’s called the Babyccino.

Beginning in Australia about a decade ago, the Babyccino craze recently headed to Great Britain and then leapt across the pond to the eastern US. According to The Brooklyn Paper, the term Babyccino is used to ‘describe a macchiato-like beverage featuring a shot of decaf espresso topped with steamed milk and froth, while others use it to describe steamed milk with foam on top and a touch of cinnamon.’

Surprisingly we haven’t seen this oh so popular trend pop up in every cafe in the west coast quite yet, but many east coast cafes have jumped on the bandwagon and put their own twist to these trendy miniature sized drinks. Running at about $2 for a cup, the price may seem a little steep until you consider the peace of mind provided to mothers everywhere, who can finally furnish their toddler with a drink just like mommy’s.

However, even though they’re cute in size and are said to be kid friendly, not everyone is a big fan of them. ‘There is no reason on earth to have these drinks and introduce caffeine to a younger population,’ said TODAY chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman.

While some may look at the health factors caffeine could cause in children, baristas themselves are affected by the new trend also. Many explain how the increase of children will affect the coffee shop community negatively. ‘Some baristas do not want to cater that much to kids,’ states a blog on roaste.com. ‘On the one hand, kids are good from some businesses, but if the noise becomes a factor, the home workers and students might take their laptops elsewhere.’

But other New York cafes, such as Sit and Wonder, cater to their Babyccino fans by outfitting their joints with changing stations in the bathroom and a backyard with toys for kids to play. Others, like the Tea Lounge, even offer stroller parking and designated areas for mothers to breastfeed their babies.

We say to each their own; who are we to say what’s right or wrong for a child we’re not rearing? And who’s to say that Babyccinos are only for kids? Bring out the inner child in you and enjoy a few sprinkles with your drink! Also, do you really want to deprive Ruby of her sprinkles on her Babyccino?!

5 comments for “Can I Get a Babyccino with That?

  1. Jon
    March 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    $2 is an expensive for a babycino.

    Here in Brisbane (Australia) my cafe sells his for 80 cents.

    Its all foam and topped with chocolate powder. No coffee in it at all.

    (My 5 year old loves them and thinks he is just like me. He calls them his ‘baby coffee).

  2. Ali
    March 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Kid-geared drinks are a great idea if you want to cater to your family clientele. Adding coffee to them (even decaf which still has a decent dose of caffeine) seems like a terrible idea. Unless you are making a big deal out of it, your kid isn’t going to care that their froofroo drink doesn’t have coffee in it. They just want the whipped cream and sprinkles.

    • Kat
      March 15, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Ali -

      Totally! Or something that looks like what their parents are drinking so they can feel all growed up ;)

      - Kat

  3. March 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

    We have been serving babychino since day 1 for $1. No espresso and it’s pretty much all my son will drink.

  4. Jeff
    March 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    As silly as I feel ordering these “babyccinos”, my son loves them.

    When I first heard about them, I was appalled – giving coffee to little kids? But then I found out they don’t actually have coffee in them!

    If you have kids, you know that they love to mimic basically everything that you do, and these let them do just that.

    - Jeff

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