Just as we’d finally gotten a grip on Matcha, smugly sipping our curiously Kermit-hued, antioxidant-rich lattes, another health drink’s come along and whipped the fitspo crowd into a frenzy. We’re talking, of course, about Melbourne’s obsession with golden lattes—those sunshine yellow bevvies clogging your Insta feed.
Made from juiced turmeric root, grated fresh turmeric or powder, spices such as black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg, possibly some ginger, and almond, soy or coconut mylk, the golden latte is the caffeine-free brew coming to a cafe near you.
But why are we sipping something vaguely reminiscent of our Friday night Indian, instead of our regular cup of joe? Because, health. Used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is touted as quite the cure-all: it’s antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting and antibacterial, aiding with wound healing, and relieving the symptoms of a cold, flu, sore throat and more. So, basically the perfect winter drink then…
Now you know what’s what, here’s where you can get your mitts on a golden latte in Melbourne.
Possibly the first, and certainly the most ‘grammed, the golden lattes at Melbourne’s happiness cafe come with a smiley face. The closest you’ll come to tasting an emoji.
If you get bored of the turmeric lattes at St Kilda’s newest healthy hang, you can always mix things up with a beetroot or mushroom latte. Yes, really.
SMAK Food House
As well as a cracking acai and date smoothie and gut-pleasing kombucha, the SMAK team whip up a golden soy latte from their chic, Scandi-inspired digs.
Expect all things #cleaneats at Lola Berry and Salvatore Malatesta’s new joint, plus golden lattes and ‘crystal-infused water’.
Sweeten up your turmeric and ginger latte from Street Organics with some honey or agave. Any excuse to grab one of their deeelish take-home meals…
This unique Fitzroy cafe does some amazing Sri Lankan-fusion brunch dishes—go the Lankan Frenchy!—and a tasty golden latte with honey, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger and your choice of milk.
Over in Windsor, these guys also use the Golden Grind blend in their yolky-looking lattes.
If you really want to taste the rainbow, head to Fourth Chapter for some of the prettiest, technicolour clean eats in all of Melbourne town. And their golden latte, natch.
Image Credit: Serotonin Eatery via Facebook.