Monday, February 20, 2012


Stumbling across the internet, trawling for coffee news I found a new phenomenon called "Babyccinos." Popular in Brooklyn with hipsters and a mainstay in Australia, Babyccinos are coffee drinks for toddlers.  Eschewing parenting advice from Tiger moms and French parents with their "bebes," Barista parents, as I shall call them, want to pass on their coffee habits (though the drink itself is decaffeinated) to their children.

What are they you ask?  Simply put, they are decaf machiattos with sprinkles.  Yep.  Nothing new here except that the drink is targeted to toddlers and has a dressed-up name.

Looking at some of the videos online, apparently people are expressing outrage at this coffee drink, leading to a "slippery slope."  One Youtube comment responded,

"Why stop at coffee? Why not make baby lingerie, baby non-alcoholic beer, and baby non-nicotinie cigarettes? And any other adult item small, decadent yuppie minds can come up with to prevent kids from enjoying their childhood, and make them more like wonderful “us,” the so-called adults?"
Ouch!  To relax I would point the commenter to to listen to the relaxing sounds of thunderstorms and the gently rain wrapping on a window.  There are worse things to be given to children such as these 24 dangerous toys.

While not making said drink, here are two five years old kids making a cappuccino!  Future barista champs?  Future barista parents? Apparently, babycinnos are already passe.

Caffeinated Links:

Wikipedia's "Slippery Slope" fallacy

"Babyccino" videos on YouTube

Huffington Post Article on Babyccino


  1. Can you imagine: babies with crème caterpillars on their upper lips rather than chocolate milk mustaches; their fluffy little pinky fingers, pricked out from their dainty doppio espresso mugs; standing on their tippy-toes, looking up at the barista behind the counter at Starbucks and squeaking “Hai mister, can I please have a short, decaf, nonfat, light foam, extra whipped cream cappuccino with—” [panting, as they struggle to keep their head above the counter] “—caramel drizzle and chocolate sprinkles at 130°?” The mothers, standing by the pastry case, scrutinizing their cuticles, “Now what do you say, Tommy?” “…Thank you!”

    At least the toddlers in my imagination are polite.

  2. Haha, I love your imagination! Err...perhaps your prophecy! Thankfully I haven't run across anything like this, but who knows, DC can be a snobby area.

  3. Nice informational video about word "Babyccinos", its quite new phenomena for me...As a Coffee Vending Machine Service Provider I appreciate your post...Thanks

  4. Actually they have been around for many years in Australia however they don't normally include coffee. Typically they are just warmed frothy milk with choc sprinkled on top in a little cup. Came about as kids were wanted the froth off the parents coffee and parents didn't like sharing or that it exposed the kids to caffeine ( one or both :-)

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  8. This is such a informative article telling us that coffees are not just for adults but for kids also. Babyccinos are actually having their phenomenal hit today as it opens our eyes on making coffee drinks especially for toddlers.
    The video is really great! Having these two children prepare their cappucinos with their coffee maker is really awesome! I'm pretty sure they will be the best baristas 15-20 years from now!


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