Last week my husband announced that he’d had a beetroot coffee. This was largely to annoy our daughter who hates beetroot so much she doesn’t even like to hear the word. But I was intrigued. Beetroot coffee? Why? And what next? Dig a little deeper and you’ll find a few surprising coffee trends that the hipsters all know about. Here are five.

  1. The AeroPress. This is one that we’re in on, after a close friend gave one to us for Christmas last year. An AeroPress makes coffee using the same principles as a french press (or coffee plunger as we Aussies like to call them) but it’s quick, easy to clean and many say gives a superior brew. Coffee fantatics say you can only use freshly ground coffee so you’ll need a grinder as well if you are that way inclined. I’m fine with using a vacuum bag of ground coffee.
  2. Cold Press Coffee. This is where the coffee is made with cold, filtered water in a coffee plunger. Then the coffee is served chilled. Apparently the chemical process that happens when you make hot coffee can result in a bitter flavour when drunk cold.
  3. Beetroot, turmeric, lavender lattes. Apparently this has been going on for a few years. Infusing different herbs and vegetables into your coffee for flavour and health benefits. My husband recommends beet coffee.
  4. Bulletproof coffee. Has this crazy trend ended yet? I guess not. This is where you add oil and butter to your morning brew. Apparently it makes you into a Silicon Valley-style genius.
  5. Rainbow lattes. Instagram has helped make coffee into an art form and the introduction of colourful food dyes into the milk makes for very pretty brews.