Urban Parenting Culture Just Got More Swank With ‘Babyccinos’
If you want more proof that parenting and childrearing are occupying a more central place in modern culture, consider this: “babyccinos.” We’re talking mini decaf cappuccinos or frothy cups of steamed milk and foam for tots in my neighborhood of Brooklyn. And parents reportedly love picking up a special babyccino for their little one.
The Brooklyn Paper reports that there are a couple of different versions of the babyccino which parents are requesting all over neighborhoods like Park Slope, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights:
…some shops and customers using the word 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. Baristas around the borough say they get requests for both versions of the drink.
Apparently the trend originated in Australia 10 years ago before working its way to England. Now, Brooklyn’s many coffee shops and hyper-parenting culture have proved to be fertile ground for the popularity of babyccinos which have “surged in Brooklyn over the last few months.” But before crunchy mamas throw a fit about toddler coffee-drinkers, it’s worth pointing out that a single shot of decaf espresso contains less caffeine and sugar than soda. Yet, instilling your kid with a taste for bougie cafes and high-priced beverages may have a more long-term impact.