Lattes Get Supercharged

New antioxidant-rich brews to try right now
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by Julia Szabo

BEETROOT LATTE

The beetroot latte—dehydrated beetroot reduced to a concentrated powder and combined with almond milk and a dash of cocoa powder—has become a best-seller at all four of Bluestone Lane’s locations, reports Coffee Director Jai Lott: “The health benefits are extensive. Betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its bright, magenta color, is a powerful antioxidant. This is supported by the vegetable’s high-nitrate content that can also help reduce blood pressure, promote a healthy digestive system, and even prevent dementia.” bluestonelane.com/cafes

ICED KAVA TULSI FIG LATTE

“A transformative, state-changing drink.”  That’s how Antidote Apothecary owner Elizabeth DeCourcey describes the Iced Kava Tulsi Fig Latte, a menu highlight as popular as it is unique. Tulsi, aka Thai Holy Basil, is a potent adaptogen that supports the body during times of stress; the drink’s sweetness comes not from sugar, but from mineral-rich figs. Let the baristas at coffee joints outdo each other creating patterns of foam. Here, at the customer’s request, any latte may be topped off with a CBD float, using small-production, vapor-distilled oil from Colorado. The anti-inflammatory effect, she says, is “gorgeous,” but time your latte with care. “You probably don’t want to work in a cubicle afterward,” she adds. antidotebrooklyn.com