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Dumbo’s Bluestone Lane serving ‘beet lattes’

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Hot pink! Dumbo cafe serving ‘beet lattes’

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First came babyccinos — now meet the “beet latte.”

An Australian cafe in Dumbo is serving up bright pink espresso-style drinks made with powdered beets and almond milk. The Instagram-friendly concoction is already a huge trend Down Under — the same place responsible for the kiddie cappuccino craze that took Park Slope by storm — and the owners of Prospect Street’s Bluestone Lane say they’re now dropping the beet Stateside.

“We’re definitely a pioneer of it in America,” said Alex Stone, an Australian model and “wellness ambassador” at the cafe chain run by husband Nick.

The $5 drink is less gross than it sounds, Stone insists — which is to say, it doesn’t actually taste like beets.

“Even if you’re not a big fan of the beet, it’s not overly powering,” she said. “The beet latte has a very different flavor from the actual veggie beet.”

Stone thinks the Pepto Bismol-colored beverage tastes like cotton candy, although a Brooklyn Paper taste test concluded that it is more like old cereal milk (check out our full review here).

Despite its name, the “latte” doesn’t contain any coffee, so it doesn’t pack a caffeine punch — but Stone claims it has health properties that can’t be beet.

“It’s an incredible anti-inflammatory and antioxidant,” she said. “It decreases stress.”

Beets are an inexplicably beloved vegetable in Australia — the former convict colony enthusiastically stuffs so-called “beetroot” into burgers (even at McDonalds), sandwiches, salads, dips, and risotto.

But Aussies haven’t stopped at turning beets into hot pink drinks — they’re also using turmeric to make “golden lattes” and bright green “matcha lattes,” both of which are also on the menu at Bluestone Lane.

Bluestone Lane (55 Prospect St. between Adams and Pearl streets in Dumbo, www.bluestonelaneny.com).

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Hortecia Wally from Park Slope says:
This looks interesting - but I suffer from an accute gluten sensitivity. Can I drink this drink?
Jan. 9, 2017, 9:54 am
Dorothy Gill from Forida says:
Great story as usual, Lauren. Beet latte not my cup of tea!
Jan. 9, 2017, 8:18 pm
Wanda Pooters from Park Slope says:
Made from powder? How lazy can you be. I can get fresh beet juice anywhere. If it's just mixing powder with milk I can make this myself.
Jan. 10, 2017, 9:38 am
Tessa from Williamsburg says:
I've been going through a roots phase and this kinda sounds delicious.
Jan. 10, 2017, 2:27 pm

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