From the country that brought the world the flat white comes an entirely new beverage bearing zero resemblance to your standard cup of coffee. The so-called blue latte has crashed onto the Australian coffee shop scene courtesy of Melbourne’s Matcha Mylkbar, and unsurprisingly, it's captured the hearts and minds of rainbow food obsessed Instagrammers.
According to the Guardian, the drink is made with ginger, lemon, coconut milk, agave, and a blue algae powder. Per a report from an Australian news outlet, it smells like seaweed and costs around $8. It is also fully vegan and devoid of both caffeine and sugar — so, the somewhat frothy appearance of the blue beverage notwithstanding, calling it a "latte" seems like a pretty big leap.
The coffee shop says it has already served more than 100 of these pricey oceanic-smelling drinks, which are also being affectionally referred to as "smurf coffee":
Whoever this guys is, is a lost Claus ... can't tell if Santa Claus suffering from hypothermia or Man dressed in blue smurf outfit, but it doesn't matter! Pop into the Mylkbar sometime and you might even catch Papa Smurf doing his thing, rocking our new Smurf Latte that has gone absolutely CRAYYY! With E3 live blue algae, lemon, ginger agave, coconut mylk, it's almost impossible to get sick this winter!! see you all soon!
Australia is a pioneer of other non-traditional beverages as well, like these seasonal eggspressos, espresso shots served in hollow chocolate eggs. And for now, those with a hankering for smurf coffee will have to head Down Under, as the algae powder is not yet FDA-approved.