A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 15, 2012
Babycino or Babyccino (baby + cappuccino)

A “babycino” or “babyccino” (baby + cappuccino) was conceived as a drink for a young person while a parent has a drink at a coffeehouse. Despite the “-cino” or -ccino” in the name, the drink has no coffee and usually consists of frothed milk, often sprinkled with chocolate powder.

The “babycino” has been popular in Australia since at least 1998 and “babyccino” became popular in Brooklyn in 2012.


Wikipedia: Babycino
A steamer (North America), babycino (Commonwealth excl. NZ) or fluffy (New Zealand) is a drink of frothed milk but no coffee (hence no caffeine), which is available in some coffeehouses. In North America it often has flavored syrup added, while in Commonwealth countries it is primarily marketed to children (as a coffee-free cappuccino, as the name indicates), and sometimes topped with marshmallows, a chocolate flake, or sprinkles. In Australia it is commonly served with a marshmallow on the side.

Urban Dictionary
babycino
as in cappuccino, for the designer-clad babes of pretentious NW3-types - who are so arrogant they don’t even bother to make eye contact with the bartender
What do you mean you’ve never heard of a babycino - a cup of milky froth, for God’s sake (mutters under breath: “she’s got about as much English as our useless au pair")
by Diane Jamieson-Pond Jan 7, 2004

Google Books
Australian Phrasebook
By Denise Angelo
Hawthorn: Lonely Planet
1998
Pg. 91:
baby-cino
milk froth in a tiny cup, topped with sprinkled chocolate powder; cafe society training-wheels for kids

New York (NY) Times
SOAPBOX; Juvenile City
By LORNA GRAHAM
Published: May 17, 1998
(...)
Yes, there are some parents in Manhattan. You see them in SoHo on Rollerblades, wearing black, pushing their toddlers in funky strollers with three wheels while blasting Alanis Morissette. They pull over and take the little one into Dean & Deluca for a decaf babyccino.

27 June 2001, San Jose (CA) Mercury News, “Trickle-down effect of yuppies hits Australia,” pg. 1B:
He says he also sighted an Aussie mom ordering a cappuccino for herself and a ‘’ babyccino’’ for her toddler.

The Baby Website
24 October 2006
Babyccino
Babyccino (noun), sometimes written “babycino” is a cup of milky froth topped with chocolate powder which is served to young children in coffee bars.

Mum and Dad drink their lattes and cappuccinos whilst the little ones play with their babyccinos!

The staff in many coffee shops nowadays are frequently accommodating, often making a ‘babyccino’ (cup of froth with chocolate powder on top) for the little’un for no charge. They seem to have realised the simple fact that “happy kids means happy parents” who stay longer and thereforespend more.
(The Guardian, 12th July 2003)

‘It is just a cup of milky froth but the babycino has become one of the crucial factors in the battle to win the hearts of Sydney’s coffee drinkers.’
(Sydney Morning Herald, 6th November 2005)

MSNBC.com
Starbucks rethinks stance on young customers
Company acknowledges that teens and children are part of market base

By Allison Linn
updated 9/10/2007 7:43:10 PM ET 2007-09-10T23:43:10
(...)
He also admits that even his 3-year-old recognizes the company’s logo from frequent trips there with adults. At his local Starbucks, he said, the baristas refer to steamed milk as a “babyccino.”

Reverse Culture Shock
The Starbucks Babyccino
Published March 9, 2010
Starbucks stores across London offer a free drink that I have yet to come across here in the US: the Babyccino.

If you’re with a baby, or even if you just say you are, the barista will froth up some milk in an espresso-sized cup for you. Then, you can sit down and drink your own coffee without feeling too guilty that you have dragged your son/daughter into a coffee shop that holds no interest for them.

The Brooklyn Paper
February 15, 2012 / Brooklyn news / Parenting
Coffee … for kids! ‘Babyccinos’ are espresso shots for tots
By Eli Rosenberg
They grow up so fast.

Brooklyn’s obsessive coffee culture is rubbing off on the borough’s youngest cafe-goers, with tots ditching their bottles and juice boxes in favor of “babyccinos” — mini decaf cappuccinos or frothy cups of steamed milk and foam.

Moms and dads in neighborhoods like Park Slope, Fort Greene and Prospect Heights are ordering the small, foamy, surprisingly grown-up beverages for their pint-sized offspring.
(...)
The trend started in Australia about a decade ago with milk-only babyccinos and quickly became the bane of many a barista’s existence, according to Aussie coffee expert Paul Caligiore.

New York magazine—Daily Intel
Today at 9:48 AM
The ‘Babyccino’ Is Sweeping Brooklyn
By Joe Coscarelli
Let’s get this out of the way: A ‘babyccino’ is a coffee drink for babies, made of either a small decaf cappuccino or just steamed milk and foam, maybe with some cinnamon sprinkled on top. We only know this because the Brooklyn Paper tell us so, ...

(Trademark)
Word Mark BABYCINO
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 029. US 046. G & S: babycino is a warm or cold milk drink aimed at children who visit coffee shops with their parents/guardians; It consists of flavoured milk - chocolate or strawberry for example - served with a cappucino-style frothy top and a cute design to entice children eg-- bear’s face; It would be served in a child-friendly cup such as a small plastic cappucino cup
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 78357212
Filing Date January 25, 2004
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Mackenzie, Rachael, M INDIVIDUAL AUSTRALIA 2231 octavia st New Orleans LOUISIANA 70115
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “babycino” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date February 18, 2005

(Trademark)
Word Mark BABYCCINO
Goods and Services IC 029. US 046. G & S: Milk; beverages consisting principally of milk; flavored milk; milk based powders for making beverages; yogurts and yogurt drinks
IC 030. US 046. G & S: Cocoa and cocoa-based beverages; chocolate-based beverages; flavoring syrups and powders for addition to milk and bases for making milk shakes not being dairy or vegetable-based; dairy-based desserts
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 85401211
Filing Date August 18, 2011
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition March 13, 2012
Owner (APPLICANT) Erika Muller INDIVIDUAL SOUTH AFRICA 24 Cinsaut Street,Oude Westhof Bellville Cape Town,Western Cape SOUTH AFRICA
Attorney of Record Mark I. Peroff
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Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (2) Comments • Wednesday, February 15, 2012 • Permalink


Coffee for baby is really very nice idea......... Great post....

Posted by baristacourse  on  04/06  at  12:52 AM

This is definately popular in Australia.  I’d like to add, always make sure that it’s only microfoam and not milk, that way the child stands no risk of scalding itself and always ask your staff to place it with the parant rather than in front of the child as we all know how clumsy little fingers can be, and the parents i’m sure would rather have the babycino in the childs mouth than on their clothes.

Posted by Espresso Manual  on  06/19  at  10:39 PM

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