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Ordinary lattes too boring? Where to get pink, blue and purple drinks in Singapore

Move over, boring brown coffee. Milky beverages in all colours are proliferating – from "goth" charcoal lattes to green avocado-teriyaki ones.

Ordinary lattes too boring? Where to get pink, blue and purple drinks in Singapore

A pink latte, like this one from Afterglow cafe, is sure to lift your spirits with its vibrant colour. (Photo: Instagram/Afterglow_sg)

Even if you’re a serious coffee addict sitting in a cafe nursing your flat white, you might find your eye unexpectedly drawn to a cuppa on someone else’s table that’s a vivid shade of blue.

It’s perfectly understandable. Foods and beverages in unnatural colours – or colours we don’t normally associate with being served in coffee cups with latte art – will always be fascinating.

Jade-green matcha lattes are commonplace, but an increasing number of establishments are offering a range of colourful lattes, prettily stained with beetroot, turmeric, charcoal powder and other ingredients that also claim to be really good for you.

We, for one, know that caffeine will always do us the most good – in mind and soul, at least. But when you’re not really feeling a coffee, or if you don’t mind mixing up your usual coffee with a little something extra, why not add a little visual excitement to your milky pick-me-up? Here are some non-coffee or blended lattes that come in all the happy colours of the rainbow.

  • GREEN

TERIYAKI AVOCADO LATTE AT W39

Are you ready for a savoury-sweet, milky drink? This daring concoction is made with smashed avocado and a dash of teriyaki syrup. We can't help but wonder if it cures hangovers as well.

PANDAN LATTE AT DAL.KOMM JEWEL

A blend of pandan, espresso and milk, this concoction is available exclusively at the Korean cafe chain’s Jewel Changi Airport outlet.

  • BLUE

BLUE BELL LATTE AT TIONG BAHRU BAKERY

This hot beverage is coloured with blue butterfly pea flowers, which give it that azure hue. It’s also made with coconut milk, so it’s dairy-free.

  • PINK

PINK SOY LATTE AT AFTERGLOW

This cuppa is made from freshly cold-pressed beetroot and ginger, soy milk – or almond milk, if you’d prefer – and a little cinnamon.

ROSE GOLD LATTE AT GRUB

Blended with rose syrup, this latte is for those who love Bandung and can't get enough of its fragrant sweetness.

ROSE LATTE AT BOUFE BOUTIQUE CAFE

This one has coffee in it – two shots of espresso, to be exact, with rose syrup and milk. Drink with your pinky out.

RED VELVET LATTE AT KITCHEN BY FOOD REBEL

This milk-based beverage’s ingredients include beetroot, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla bean. Feisty.

  • BLACK

GOTH LATTE AT W39

These striking black lattes – you can also choose Goth Cappuccinos – are made with coffee and charcoal powder, and should make your mood anything but black.

BLACK SESAME SOY LATTE AT CRAFTSMEN SPECIALTY COFFEE

Here's a latte with an Asian twist, where the strong, nutty fragrance of black sesame blends into creamy soy milk.

  • YELLOW

TURMERIC HONEY LATTE AT CEDELE

Turmeric, of course, is known to have a host of health-boosting benefits, such as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

  • PURPLE

SWEET POTATO LATTE AT COFFEESMITH

Purple sweet potatoes give this milky drink its pretty violet colour.

TARO LATTE AT BREW MAISON

Brew Maison also offers sweet potato, black sesame and pumpkin lattes, but the taro one, they say, is the most popular.

SWEET POTATO LATTE AT HALCYON & CRANE

Halcyon & Crane's sweet potato latte is of the purple variety. (Photo: May Seah)

A magenta cookie accompanies this purple latte, because a regular-coloured cookie just wouldn't cut it.

TARO LATTE AT CRAFTSMEN SPECIALTY COFFEE

Yam and milk are always a match made in creamy heaven, aren’t they?

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