On Saturday morning after a lovely morning at yoga I had brunch with Pat at Winters Cafe on Pakington Street in Newtown. I had been once before, a year or so ago, when they had only vegetarian options. I had seen on their Instagram page that they had a new vegan addition on their menu: a coconut sago pudding, brûlée banana, mandarin, lychee and coconut caramel sauce. They recommended it with a soy turmeric latte. I’d been wanting to try it for weeks!
I’d had a soy beetroot latte at The Backyard recently and had been brown away with how amazingly sweet it was. This is the newest trend in the coffee industry if you were wondering – caffeine obsession meets superfood craze. I’m not complaining though. They’re supposedly a healthier coffee alternative, and there are many to choose from:
Matcha Latte – Matcha tea is the finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. Matcha lattes have around ten times to nutritional value of consuming it as tea. This is because within the latte the leaf is consumed, whereas in tea it is only infiltrated.
Beetroot Latte – commonly made from beetroot powder or juice and commonly blended with almond milk.
Tumeric Latte – also known as the “golden latte”, usually consist of tumeric, cinnamon, ginger and could even include pepper and cayenne pepper. This is then combined with either cow’s milk, coconut milk or nut milk. Coconut milk is recommended to enhance flavour.
Mushroom Latte – is made with almond milk and sweetened with vanilla spice and agave mixed together with a Chaga Mushroom Blend and doesn’t taste like mushroom apparently. You would have to go to Melbourne to try this one I think (try Matcha Mylkbar in St Kilda).
Rainbow Latte – is standard coffee fix with the use of food dye in the milk used to form Latte art and hence, not really a healthier alternative. Rainbow coffee however is free from caffeine and is made out of turmeric, beetroot and matcha.
And the list goes on…
The turmeric latte is the recommendation for first-timers, as it is typically sweeter than other varieties available. I think we can all get a bit more turmeric in our lives, as it is so good for us, as mentioned in early posts. Turmeric is an anti inflammatory, antioxidant, cleanses the body from toxins and assists in digestion. I definitely recommend you try one if you haven’t already!
Then this came out. I’d never even heard of sago before but it was really impressive (and I’ve since seen it for sale in the supermarket) – I could only describe this dish as Lebanese couscous meets chia pudding. I’ve been loving having more fruit, especially in my first meal of the day, now that the weather is getting warmer so I really enjoy this – I haven’t had lychee for years and edible flowers are such a nice touch.
Get into Winters Cafe and get around this new vegan dish, you wont be disappointed!