And welcome to 2017, turmeric. We've heard so much about you.
The vivid spice, which is thousands of years old and a staple in curry dishes, is having a moment in the coffee space. At Toronto's adorable and health-minded nutbar cafe—which is less than a month old—turmeric lattes are as delicious as they are beautiful. But do they benefit your bod? Nutbar founder Kate Taylor Martin says yes.
"As a health-focused cafe, we were drawn to incorporating turmeric into our menu because of its powerful nutritional properties," she says. "It's one of the most potent anti-inflammatories on the planet." Taylor Martin is also a registered holistic nutritionist, hence the impressively healthy menu, which spans kelp noodle bowls to power balls and moringa-laced smoothies. Nutbar's turmeric latte costs $6 and contains black pepper (which helps with turmeric absorption), cinnamon, vanilla, nutbar nutmilk and raw honey.
But how does it taste? When I visited the adorable cafe a few days before Christmas, I took a trepidatious sip of my friend's Laura's nutty drink, expecting an unknown overpowering bouquet. But I was delighted—it was vibrant and creamy, and paired extremely well with the housemade "nutbar nutmilk", a custom blend of organic cashew, almond and coconut milks. Laura described it as "a more densely flavoured chai latte."
"The customer response has been incredible," says Taylor Martin, who names the dense spicy drink as one of her top sellers. And we're sure it has nothing to do with how the mustard hue pairs with the cafe's gorgeous, spice-splattered paper cups. Latte art fanatics, gird your loins.