'Babyccinos' for Kids: Tasty or Terrible?

Living 2012/02/21 17:47:27
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You may want to sit down for this one. Young children in Brooklyn, N.Y., are sipping "babyccinos" in local cafes, The Brooklyn Paper reports. But before you pick up the phone to call the authorities, take heart: The beverages only use decaf coffee, and some don't even use coffee at all. So, what exactly is a babyccino?

According to the report, babyccinos usually appear in two versions: mini decaf cappuccinos or simple cups of steamed milk and foam (sometimes with a touch of cinnamon). "Our children love babyccinos!" Eric Worcester, who ordered the milk-only version for his kids, Evelyn, 5, and Shirley, 2, at Brooklyn's Sit and Wonder, told the paper. One Brooklyn barista said she serves between five and 10 of the hot beverages -- which cost $2 -- each day.

Aussie coffee expert Paul Caligiore told the paper that the trend started in Australia about a decade ago with milk-only babyccinos -- but he has concerns. "They interrupt workflow, create milk wastage and can be served at a dangerous temperature to a vulnerable consumer," he says.

But even though decaf coffee may contain a touch of caffeine, experts say that's fine. "A small percentage of caffeine on a non-regular basis is probably OK," pediatrician Deena Blanchard told the paper. Do you think kids should sip babyccinos? Or are they a waste of money, and potentially dangerous for little ones?
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  • Tree-Hugger 2012/02/22 16:44:37
    "Babyccinos"? Yeah, creative name.
    And they can't be that good because that kid looks like he's about to puke itno his cup.

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  • ktlauman 2012/05/23 19:48:45
    I've been drinking coffee since I was a toddler. There's nothing wrong with it, except that it's probably expensive. I'd just buy my kid a regular old decaf.
  • Dydy 2012/03/31 23:40:40
    It's sounds like a cute idea if it poses no harm to kids. I'd support it if it was completely harm free
  • ehrhornp 2012/03/04 16:18:36
    Sounds like a waste of money but probably are not all that bad as contains little if any caffeine. If the drink basically consists of steamed milk and cinnamon, don't see a problem with that. If it is loaded up with sugar, then I see a problem.
  • aLABiM75 2012/03/01 07:22:15
    The milk version is inspired the coffee version is ridiculous.
    It is a great way to let kids be included, and warm milk does help some nap when needed.
  • mikeyllo 2012/02/24 04:46:56
    The Good Morning America report I saw showed the version with warm milk and cinnamon. I don't see a problem with that. Kids drink hot chocolate and people aren't up in arms about that, so I'm not sure what's so bad about giving them a non-coffee version of warm milk.
  • Jackie 2012/02/23 19:25:37
    As long as they are paying for them and they are harmless, have at it. Employ more people. Yay!
  • Chris 2012/02/23 19:09:47
    I'm pretty sure coffee is bad for little kids. Terrible. I guess if you enjoy having your kid bounce off the walls and stuff go for it. What's next? Cigars for kids? Kid Heineken's maybe?
  • S123 Chris 2012/02/23 20:11:13
    They only use decaf or they don't use coffee at all.
  • mrs.heart attack 2012/02/23 18:34:01
    mrs.heart attack
    its fine but with out the coffee
  • Takara 2012/02/23 17:53:49
    I don't see what the big deal is. As long as there is no real coffee in it (not even decaf) then I think it is cute.
  • Takara Takara 2012/02/23 17:55:07
    Now I do have a problem with paying $2 for a hot cup of milk!!
  • Ardwin_Viesheight 2012/02/23 17:41:50
    Well as long as its either decaf or milk I see no problem.
  • Aksana 2012/02/23 13:33:03
  • Dzeeng 2012/02/23 07:02:26
    nothing wrong with a little bit can be .
  • liz is still alive 2012/02/23 05:50:54
    liz is still alive
    You can just tell how these kids will grow up:
    Coffee addicts.
  • raine 2012/02/23 04:26:45
    keep those brats out od public places.
  • Jess Dollface 2012/02/23 04:17:21
    Jess Dollface
    20 years ago, coffee was just for older folks. Even college students were too young for the coffee crowd. Now companies are targeting teenagers and starting their addictions and hence loyalties even younger. the "babyccino" is such a bad idea.
  • S123 Jess Do... 2012/02/23 20:27:06
    I don't think think they would become addicted to decaf.
  • sami 2012/02/23 02:47:46 (edited)
    My Mom would never let me try coffee ... She said if she did not get her morning coffee she would get a headache so she did not want me to ever drink coffee and get addicted like her ... I wish she had also told me not to drink soft-drinks too because that was hard for me to give up .... I allow myself two a week ... This gets kids started on the coffee habit by copying their parents even if it is only the milk ones ...
  • Greenbay 2012/02/23 02:25:04
    The just milk ones are fine I guess
  • ShamshirMkII 2012/02/23 01:10:30
    ...not that I'd give my kids even a dose of caffeine till they get older :D
  • Rose 2012/02/23 01:10:00
    My grandmother used to give me this a cup of warm milk with a touch of coffee, it really was very little and she would sprinkle cinnamon on top as a kid. I really enjoyed visiting her and while she had her own coffee I had my own.
  • Deb Thiessen 2012/02/23 00:55:56
    Deb Thiessen
    WhatEVER. Can't have children that aren't 'with it' in the coffee crowd now can we?
  • S123 Deb Thi... 2012/02/23 20:30:40
    Why do you think it's wrong?
  • Deb Thi... S123 2012/02/27 01:20:43
    Deb Thiessen
    You're right. I was in a testy mood when I read the article. I do wonder what the price if for the little treat though, given how much coffee in Starbucks costs. I can see the kids thinking it is neat to drink something like what their parents are drinking. However, if you had 3 or more kids, it becomes a pricey drink. My mom would have been broke, as I come from a family of 7 kids LOL.
  • S123 Deb Thi... 2012/02/29 18:08:42
    It says that at one cafe they are $2. I can see how that would add up, especially if the kids start begging for a babycchino every time they go.
  • Just Jenn for Now 2012/02/22 22:46:00
    Just Jenn for Now
    Who cares. Control the amounts and don't let it be an every day kind of thing. Adults are no better by chugging as much caffeine as we do - and no, coffee does NOT stunt growth if you believe in that poppycock. It's just something that kids shouldn't have frequently.

    Honestly though I'm pretty apathetic about giving kids coffee. Not like it's something that needs to be banned.
  • TʜɘInƨɒnɘЯiddlɘ 2012/02/22 22:11:32
  • JHup BN-0 2012/02/22 22:03:14
    JHup BN-0
    My European parents often had friends over for coffee on the weekend. This was comparable to, say, having "tea" in Britain. The fancy porcelain china came out and everything was very elegant. I remember my mother making me my own "coffee" (made of chicory), and sipping it out of one of those fancy cups, at the table with the adults. I felt SO grown up! At the same time, I was learning lessons in manners and behavior, in a fun way.

    There's probably less caffeine in one of these drinks than in a cup of cocoa or chocolate milk. I would just object to the cost. But people that frequent these places seem to be fine with doing their extra part to boost the economy, so I say, Let 'em!
  • BabyBear 2012/02/22 21:49:44
    Hmmm, mostly milk with some cinnamon, or cocoa.... in a society that's bombarded with soda and other very unhealthy drinks... a cup of steamed milk and some chocolate sprinkles, or decaf coffee - heavy on the milk sounds like a great alternative to a mountain dew.
  • dzzshadz 2012/02/22 21:22:45
    It's just like giving them a cocoa.
  • Anna E 2012/02/22 21:15:01
    Anna E
    My kids always liked the milk foam. Especially if I put chocolate sprinkles or something on top.
  • 001 2012/02/22 20:24:51
    Now parents can take their children when they go for a coffee. It's decaf so it's fine. There might be a tiny bit of caffeine in it, but as long as the kids don't drink it like some adults drink coffee (all day and lots of it), it should be ok.
  • cate 2012/02/22 20:21:15
    Terrible with the decaf, but the steamed milk (Steamers) is great for the little ones. To me, I prefer the Steamer to the Hot Chocolate.
  • bitchywaiter 2012/02/22 20:09:33
    Sounds like entitled parents have a found a new way to become even more annoying in restaurants: http://thebitchywaiter.blogsp...
  • KB 2012/02/22 20:07:14
    What's with all the negative on here? It's neat that we are letting kids get a taste of what their parents drink.
  • 001 KB 2012/02/22 20:26:15
    ..without the disadvantage of creating hyperactive underaged coffee addicts!
  • earl 2012/02/22 19:43:57
    Just stupid!
  • Elz 2012/02/22 19:20:26
    but it depends because some children may have allergic reactions to certain things.
  • Rob Williams 2012/02/22 19:18:08
    Rob Williams
    No complaints about the coffee, my daughter has drunk full strength, fresh ground coffee ever since she discovered it on holiday in France when she was 8! I'm more worried about losing the last bastion of adult relaxation... the coffee shop.

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