Vegan coffee is a novel concept and this Australian blue latte made from algae is swiftly becoming a social media sensation. Coffee loverslive all over the globe, and there are not only a myriad of ways to prepare the beloved brew, but also many diverse and even unexpected ingredients.

In Sumatra, Kopi Luwak, or civet coffee, is the most expensive on the planet and it is made from the feces of cats that eat coffee beans. In other parts of the world, coffee prepared with monkey spit is said to render an unusual, vanilla-flavored brew. It would seem that almost anything goes when it comes to preparing the world’s favorite cup of java.

Seaweed coffee doesn’t taste so ‘good to the last drop.’

Made of algae, lemon, ginger, agave and coconut milk, this new vegan coffee kind of starts out with an aftertaste. It also smells like what it is; namely, seaweed. Despite this, the blue drink has become a social media sensation after making its debut on the menu at a Melbourne, Australia vegan eatery known as Matcha Mylkbar, which is located near St. Kilda Beach.

According to the cafe's co-owner, Mark Filipellii, within the last four days they have sold at least one hundred of these seaweed latte concoctions. He told News Corp Australia: “It tastes like a warm lemon, ginger and honey tonic.” He added that because they are a vegan establishment, they use agave rather than honey as a sweetener.

Seaweed coffee is a novel idea.

The idea for creating a blue algae latte was born by the café owners’ strange and unlikely desire to create coffees in all the colors of the rainbow. Even though they have been told that making a blue agave latte is a bad idea, the attention and money they are gleaning from their creation is making it difficult for them to accept that premise.

What is so healthy about making coffee from seaweed?

Blue algae is said to offer a high concentration of proteins which appeals to health nuts and is almost an elixir of sorts, ingested for relief from depression, fatigue and stress among other conditions. Still, it is very expensive at $8 per latte, making it much more of a luxury than the daily takeout cup of java.

The powdered algae the café uses to prepare this drink costs a hefty $160 per bottle, and is imported from an American company called E-3Live that harvests the algae from Upper Klamath lake in Oregon. The cafe’s unusual menu also offers: a beetroot latte ($5), mushroom latte ($7), turmeric latte ($6) and apple pie latte ($5).

The success of this unique blue agave concoction, healthy or otherwise, remains to be seen. Its creation only tells the world that our beloved caffeine fix can probably be brewed from just about anything under the sun!

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