The avolatte combines coffee, avocados, and irony
Some jokes just go too far.
What started out as an online gag for the Truman Cafe in Melbourne, Australia, has garnered international attention and even caused the café to change its menu.
It is the avolatte.
The avolatte is (as the name may suggest) a latte served in the skin of an avocado. And it is real.
The beverage starts out in a hollowed-out avocado skin. Baristas fill the shell with espresso and then pour a decorative milk design inside.
“I think it’s ridiculous. It’s literally coffee in a piece of rubbish,” one of the baristas told Australia's news.com.au. But then someone came in and wanted one.
After it started getting more and more attention, people began coming to the café and requesting the new drink. On one night, the cafe sold four avolattes. Despite the unusual vessel, the avolattes cost the same as a regular latte.
“Maybe some people thought it was meant to be a joke but food is meant to be fun, food is meant to be art,” the cafe’s head barista told the Australian Associated Press.
The cafe said that the new creation combines “two of Melbourne's obsessions — lattes and avo.”
The only caveat about the avolatte seems to be the fact that the cup is the skin of an avocado and not an actual cup. While preparing the drink for an Instagram video the barista commented that it was hot in his hand. Customers should be prepared to wait a minute for their trendy drink to cool down before taking a sip.
However the Truman Cafe is not the only place in the world where someone can order an avolatte. Apparently a coffeeshop in Turkey is also serving up the new hybrid drink — although it’s unclear whether or not the offering is serious there.
Whatever happens, the avolatte is probably not going to be the world’s latest food craze. Despite widespread attention, nobody is queuing up for the drink and the internet does not seem to be on board. In fact, Merriam Webster tweeted that they refuse to follow the progress of the new word so we will likely never see “avolatte” in the dictionary.