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April 11, 2024

  • Poetics of April
    As we enter into the poetics of April, also known as national poetry month, here are four voices from well to lesser known. The Tradition – Jericho Brown Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Brown visited the last American Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP 2024) conference, and I loved his speech and humor. Besides […]
  • Barbara Marie Minney in Perrysburg
    Indie bookstore, Gathering Volumes, just hosted poet and (transgender) activist, Barbara Marie Minney in Perrysburg To celebrate Trans Day of Visibility, Minney read from her poetry book – A Woman in Progress (2024). Her reading depicted emotional and physical transformations especially in the scene of womanhood and queer experiences. Her language is empowering and personally […]
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College Brief: Babyccinos: Drink of choice for the working toddler

Move over Juicy Juice, there is a new kid-friendly drink in town.

The babyccino, a pint-sized decaffeinated coffee or steamed milk drink intended for toddlers and children, is the latest coffee craze to sweep upscale Brooklyn neighborhoods.

The idea for the drink was born in Australia and has recently become popular in coffee shops throughout Park Slope and Fort Greene, New York.

A small coffee shop in Park Slope, Café Regular, serves steamed milk-only versions of the beverage for a dollar a pop.

Most Brooklyn coffee shops are reluctant to serve coffee versions of the drink to children after several negative reports on the trend. Parents and experts generally agree that coffee should be reserved for adults.

Bittersweet, a cafe in Fort Greene, serves milk-only babyccinos in espresso cups.

“We started getting a lot of flack from [the press],” Bittersweet manager Ryan Hess said. “They cited us as instigating this whole thing where everyone thought we were giving caffeine to kids, like we had some evil plan to caffeinate children or something, which is not true at all. There isn’t any coffee in at all, it’s just steamed milk.”

— By Nicola Pring

Washington Square News, New York University

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