Algae Is the New Turmeric -- and It's in Your Latte

by Tiffany Lin ; Updated July 22, 2016

There’s a new latte in (Australian) town, and it’s made of stuff from the ocean.

Matcha Mylkbar, a Melbourne-based vegan café, is proudly serving its newest latte: Blue Algae. And true to its name, the drink boasts algae, lemon, ginger, agave and coconut milk, according to The Guardian.

You read that right -- there’s actually no coffee in this latte. It also has a tart “sour milk” taste, says Matcha Mylkbar staff. And at $8 a pop, the drink doesn’t come cheap.

But neither the price nor the taste stopped customers from ordering 100 algae lattes within four days, according to news.com.au.

So what makes customers so drawn to it?

“A lot of people will just come and try something new,” according to Matcha Mylkbar. It’s also highly Instagram-able, of course.

Besides photographing well, this blue-hued drink offers numerous health benefits.

“The one-two punch potency of blue-green algae is that it contains a high concentration of nutrients,” says Global Healing Center. It contains “over 65 vitamins, minerals and enzymes and the complete spectrum of eight essential amino acids and ten nonessential amino acids.”

And don’t forget about the latte’s other ingredients. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, while ginger helps reduce inflammation and ease digestion issues.

What Do YOU Think?

Would you dare to try this drink -- if only for Instagram?

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About the Author

Tiffany Lin has been a writer and editor since 2008. Her book reviews, news pieces and features have appeared in Cat Fancy, Dog World, Romantic Homes, Cottages & Bungalows, Chickens, Kittens USA and Urban Farm magazines. Lin is currently the Food & Drink and Nutrition Editor for LIVESTRONG.COM.