Listen: I’m as tired of hearing about avocados as you are. But recent events demand that the content keeps coming.
Last week, Melbourne-based Truman Cafe posted a video of a barista pouring the contents of a smoky, steamy latte into the hollowed out shell of an avocado. "Combing [sic] two of Melbourne's obsessions - lattes and avo 😂," the caption read, cognizant of this drink's fundamental absurdity.
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This drink emerged from one curious customer's demand that a barista pour their order into an avocado shell, a request the barista demurred to. “I think it’s ridiculous. It’s literally coffee in a piece of rubbish,” that very barista quipped later on.
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This self-awareness wasn’t a deterrent for most people online, who spent this weekend uniting over its revulsion for “the avolatte,” opiate of the hipster. This reaction swallowed my social feeds whole over the weekend, as if everyone was seized by anxiety that this is about to be a trend (this is certainly how it's beenframed, rather irresponsibly).
I wouldn't worry too much: There are, as of writing, 69 whole Instagram posts dedicated to the #avolatte. When it comes to social currency on Instagram, that’s penny change. I can’t say that I find the idea of mushy avocado scraps swirling around my latte terribly appealing, but who knows? As a principle, I won’t knock any drink until I try it. And we all have our culinary kinks.
Ever treat your avocado like a cup? Let us know in the comments.
Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.