I've got kids. Preschoolers. I love coffee. Hence babycinos. Yes I am willing to pay twice the normal price for a coffee (by adding on 2 babycino's) for the privilege of a cafe-prepared coffee.
But I cringe as much as the next person at the silliness of the whole thing:
a)Asking for a babycino is embarrassing.
b)They will fight over who got the best marshmallow.
c)They will spill milk.
d)They will drop spoons noisily at least 3 times.
Oh, boy, I am exhausted just writing this.
But hey, I recon that it is an affordable way to entertain them for a few minutes whilst I enjoy a relatively hassle-free morning coffee.
If you don't have kids that does not sound like a hassle free morning. If you do - you get it.
In New Zealand they call them fluffy's (less embarrassing, as that is simply descriptive,don't you think?) and usually charge 50c. I'm only saying.
My oldest starts school next year so I guess I will have to upgrade her to a hot chocolate - wouldn't want to scar her for life buying her a babycino: "How embarrassing mum"
1. Get espresso Keepcups: I guess that would eliminate the noise and humiliation of dropped cutlery and porcelain. That would be a good start. (and it would also prevent 'baycino face' - you know, where the kid ends up with a mono-brow and a 'the Joker' mouth...) (...Kinda cute though, once you have gotten over the cringe factor of spoilt kids demanding another marshmallow and fighting over the best seat, I guess...or not...)
2. Wait until the kids, or at least one of them, is in childcare or kinder before stopping for coffee. But really? Go three years without espresso?
And so is born the Babycino.
Over and out.