Australian 'hipster' coffee a step too far?

By Olivia Lambert

Would you be annoyed to get this after waiting 20 minutes for a hot cuppa? Photo / Jamila Rizvi/Facebook
Would you be annoyed to get this after waiting 20 minutes for a hot cuppa? Photo / Jamila Rizvi/Facebook

Melbourne has taken hipsterism too far.

We know it's part of the city's DNA. We can handle the beards and the smashed avo on sourdough but the latest cafe trend is pushing it.

Cafes are starting to sell deconstructed coffee. Yes, you heard that correctly.

It is served on a paddle (of course), in three separate cups - one with espresso, one with milk and one with water.

So far the reaction to the new trend has been far from positive.

Coffee lover Jamila Rizvi posted a picture of the concoction on Facebook, sharing her disappointment.

The coffee creation that caused a stir on Facebook. Photo / Jamila Rizvi/Facebook
The coffee creation that caused a stir on Facebook. Photo / Jamila Rizvi/Facebook

"Sorry Melbourne but no. No no no no no," she said. "Hipsterism has gone too far when your coffee comes deconstructed.

"I just waited almost 20 minutes for an actual cup before realising it would not be forthcoming.

"I wanted a coffee. Not a science experiment. I prefer to drink my beverages out of crockery and not beakers.

"Next stage? I'll just get a chopping board with a bunch of actual coffee beans and an upside down hat on it."

Others on Facebook also poked fun at "trendy" cafes that were becoming a little too hipster.

"This is nothing. I went to a cafe and when I ordered my soy bean vanilla mocha half caf ¾ with a quintuple shot, they bundled me into a car to the airport where they put me on a flight to Ethiopia to harvest my coffee beans, then to the Scottish Highlands for the purest of soy and then to Iceland for fresh glacial water," Melburnian Hamish Sloane joked.

Another coffee drinker said if she received a deconstructed coffee, she wouldn't hesitate to send it back and ask for one to be made for her.

"That's their job as baristas," Sharon Palmer said. "If I wanted to make my own I'd stay home.

"Quirky and coffee shouldn't be used in the same sentence."

People were also confused as to which of the three cups you pour everything into. And, of course, this seems like a lot of unnecessary washing up.

Some have stood up for the new trend.

"Actually I love this idea because you never know how strong a coffee is going to be and you can make it however strong or weak you like it," a coffee lover posted to Facebook.

Well Melbourne, you have been called the coffee capital of Australia, but you haven't won this round.

- news.com.au

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