Everyone loves a good artisanal coffee. From latte macchiatos to Starbucks' new Nitro Cold Brew, its clear that "third wave" coffee connoisseurship has reached its peak, with restaurants going to greater and greater lengths in order to stay ahead of the trends and meet increasing demands for high-brow java.
According to a recent "Mashable," article, however, things appear to have finally gone too far. The source reports that Jamila Rizvi, an Australian writer, was horrified after visiting a trendy coffee shop in Melbourne. While Melbourne may be the self-proclaimed coffee capital of Australia, Rizvi was not prepared for the level of "hipsterism" she encountered upon ordering a flat white.
After waiting a full 20 minutes for her coffee, Rizvi was shocked to receive her order in three separate beakers. That's right--Rizvi's flat white was served to her in the same glass containers you probably associate with mad scientists and high school chemistry experiments gone wrong.
On top of this strange glassware choice, however, Rizvi was also presented with a "deconstructed" coffee. Rather than arriving as one, complete beverage, the writer's flat white was served to her in three separate beakers: one with milk, another with hot water, and the third with a shot of espresso.
To add insult to injury, the bizarre coffee cost $3.27--a high price for a beverage that you're expected to assemble yourself. In Rizvi's own words, "Sorry Melbourne but no. No no no no no. Hipsterism has gone too far when your coffee comes deconstructed ... I wanted a coffee. Not a science experiment. I prefer to drink my beverages out of crockery and not beakers."
While we're all for new, exciting types of coffee, we have to agree with Rizvi on this one. Melbourne can keep its deconstructed coffee--well settle for our traditional lattes and cappuccinos.