Charcoal in your coffee? "Charcoal Lattes and Cappuccinos" (Black Latte, Goth Latte, etc) and links to Latte Stencils

It's a new trendy drink for many... it's an old 'yeah, so?' drink for others.  It's a charcoal latte. Yes... charcoal.  But don't go breaking open the bag of charcoal you have stashed in the garage for the grill.  It's not that kind of charcoal.

The charcoal latte is a latte made with food grade activated charcoal.

Our family uses food grade activated charcoal in a couple ways already.

1.  We keep it on hand at all times for upset stomachs and bloating  (in the form of Charcocaps Anti-gas Capsules)
2.  Face masks
3.  I use it in making my homemade bath and body soaps (I make a variety of homemade soap; Goat Milk, Olive Oil, Almond and/or Charcoal).  The charcoal one is really just because it's 'cool' looking; it's not actually able to do anything special.

For our family, activated charcoal is something we already use, like and have on hand at all times.  I'll put a link to some you can order from Amazon at the bottom of this post if you don't know where to find it.

Many people or coffee houses are touting the "hot new health drink claim" it can do everything from  acting as a ‘digestive cleanser’ to it's ability to fix a hangover or call it a 'detox' which is a hugely popular, trendy word right now that can mean anything or nothing.   But it sells.  So anything trendy is going to cost more.

Activated charcoal can do one thing - it 'absorbs' or binds to chemicals, aromas, etc. (This is why you can use it in your refrigerator to absorb odors and you use it in fish aquariums as a water filter, and it's used in CharcoCaps for bloating and gas, etc.)

It's been used for thousands of years to absorb the toxins and poisonings in stomachs and intestines, and even the hard headed Western medicine practitioners came around to using this 'natural' helper; Modern hospitals and doctor's have used it for years to treat drug overdoses and poisoning because it absorbs the toxins, keeping them from being absorbed by your body.

But the latte?  Not really a health benefit.  It's not going to do anything 'healthy' really, but it could do one thing you don't want it to or intend it to!

Remember it absorbs.  
This means it absorbs things you don't want it too.  
Like medication.  And birth control pills.

A latte is a coffee drink made with espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam.  The charcoal version is easily made by adding the activated food grade charcoal to the hot milk and espresso.  Topped with the foamed milk and swirled with a design or stencil, the black drink shows through the white, creating a striking image and making it the cool, trendy black drink you pay more for.

If you want to make one at home and don't have an espresso maker, they are still pretty easy to pull off.  You don't have to stencil in a pretty design either.  Just top with the foamy steamed milk and sprinkle with bit more powdered activated charcoal and you can still feel pretty cool.

Amounts are personal taste/choice.  About 4 oz. espresso with about 1/3 cup milk, 1-2 teaspoons of activated charcoal and a dash of whatever flavoring you wish is a good idea to start but adjust to your tastes.

  • Brewed hot Espresso (or just brew your coffee really strong - like at 4 oz setting in your iCoffee or Keurig)
  • Milk of your choice (2% or whole milk foams the best but you could use almond milk if you are allergic, etc)
  • Food grade, trusted source activated charcoal
  • Flavored syrup if you wish

Brew your espresso or really strong coffee.
To steam your milk you can do it a few different ways.
1.  In a saucepan on the stove heat the milk, add the activated charcoal and use a whisk or a hand held stick blender to blend it and make it foamy.
2. OR put the milk into a jar or container with a lid that is at least double the size of your milk.  Add the activated charcoal.  Put the lid on and shake shake shake until frothy and has doubled in size.  Now you can quickly microwave it for 30-50 seconds until hot and even more frothy and foamy.
In the cup you are serving your drink in and already have your hot espresso, add the hot milk, but use a spoon to hold back the foam as you pour.  When you've added the amount of milk you want, you can add flavoring if you wish; a coffee syrup, vanilla, etc.  Then top with your frothy milk foam.  Spoon it on top of your latte and either swirl a design if you're talented, or just dust with a bit of the activated charcoal. 

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