Lisa Maria Otte, Instagram
Lisa Maria Otte, Instagram

Avocado Meets Coffee in 'Avolatte' Trend

Lisa Maria Otte, Instagram
Lisa Maria Otte, Instagram

As the unicorn-themed drinks from Starbucks have proven, being creative with coffee can be a minefield. Some appreciate the effort that goes into putting new twists on the hot beverage, while others can become put-off by messing with the basics.

It’s hard to know which way the masses will lean if the “avolatte” gets any traction. An increasingly popular sight in Melbourne, Australia, it’s a latte served inside the hollowed-out husk of half an avocado, and seems tailor-made for Instagram sharing.



The concoction was apparently the idea of an unnamed perpetrator at the Truman Cafe in Melbourne, who posted an Instagram video showing an employee pouring coffee and milk into an avocado. The video was intended to be a joke, according to News.com.au, but since then people have been coming into the cafe and asking for an avolatte; other shops are beginning to emulate the idea.

Whether consumers are sincerely interested in tasting the beverage or just morbidly curious is hard to say. You can decide for yourself if and when the avolatte comes to a coffee shop near you.

[h/t Independent]

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Meet Japan's Original (Not-so-Fresh) Form of Sushi, 'Funazushi'
toyohara, Flickr // CC BY-NC 2.0 (cropped)
toyohara, Flickr // CC BY-NC 2.0 (cropped)

When it comes to sushi, fresh is usually best. Most of the sushi we eat in America is haya-nare, which involves raw seafood and vinegared rice. But in Japan, there's an older form of sushi—said to be the original form—called funazushi. It's made from fermented carp sourced from one particular place, Lake Biwa, and takes about three years to produce from start to finish. The salt it's cured with keeps the bad bacteria at bay, and the result is said to taste like a fish version of prosciutto. Great Big Story recently caught up with Mariko Kitamura, the 18th generation to run her family’s shop in Takashima City, where she's one of the very few people left producing funazushi. You can learn more about the process behind the delicacy, and about Kitamura, in the video below.

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Bibo Barmaid
Bibo Barmaid Is Like a Keurig for Cocktails—and You Can Buy It Now
Bibo Barmaid
Bibo Barmaid

To make great-tasting cocktails at home, you could take a bartending class, or you could just buy a fancy gadget that does all the work for you. Imbibers interested in the hands-off approach should check out Bibo Barmaid, a cocktail maker that works like a Keurig machine for booze.

According to Supercall, all you need to turn the Bibo Barmaid system into your personal mixologist is a pouch of liquor and a pouch of cocktail flavoring. Bibo's liquor options include vodka, whiskey, rum, and agave spirit (think tequila), which can be paired with flavors like cucumber melon, rum punch, appletini, margarita, tangerine paloma, and mai tai.

After choosing your liquor and flavor packets, insert them into the machine, press the button, and watch as it dilutes the mixture and pours a perfect single portion of your favorite drink into your glass—no muddlers or bar spoons required.

Making cocktails at home usually means investing in a lot of equipment and ingredients, which isn't always worth it if you're preparing a drink for just yourself or you and a friend. With Bibo, whipping up a cocktail isn't much harder than pouring yourself a glass of wine.

Bibo Barmaid is now available on Amazon for $240, and cocktail mixes are available on Bibo's website starting at $35 for 18 pouches. The company is working on rolling out its liquor pouches in liquor stores and other alcohol retailers across the U.S.

[h/t Supercall]

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