Coffee in a donut cup? Sign us up
MOVE over cappuccinos and flat whites, kooky coffee blends are on the rise with everything from brews with Milo and coffee jelly to lattes in a doughnut.
Kenilworth Bakery in the Sunshine Coast hinterland has scored an international hit with their coffee in a doughnut, selling 100 a day in just the first week on the market.
The sweet creation - a donut hollowed out to hold a smooth, sweet hazelnut chocolate paste then filled with either coffee or hot chocolate - has attracted hundreds of customers.
They join those seeking the bakery's other cult creation, the 1kg donut which has drawn customers from as far afield as New Zealand and Alice Springs.
Jenna Sanders, who owns the bakery with her dad Jeff, said the donut coffee cup had given the bakery a big boost, which would also help the rest of the small country town that depended on tourism.
Back in the big smoke, Malaysian food chain PappaRich has been bringing a taste of Asia to Brisbane with their traditional caffeine hits which include hot and cold coffees blended with Milo or coffee jelly and say locals can't get enough.
"A lot of them are really into it because (the drinks) are trendy and new to them," PappaRich Australia's franchise operations manager Austin Leong said.
"We see a lot of either food deliveries getting our drinks out by the truck full or just people lining up for it."
Also proving a hit is Coco Bliss's range of super lattes boasting flavours such as spiced matcha, beetroot and cacao, turmeric and reishi chai.
"They're really popular," Coco Bliss Brisbane CBD owner Emma Fraser said.
"There are a lot of health benefits to them but people just sort of like them because it's obviously something a little bit different."
Ms Fraser said they were making up about one in five drink orders at the eatery, proving popular with everyone from school-age children to the elderly.
Even the new Nespresso concept store in the Brisbane Wintergarden has found normal coffee blends are no longer enough, with customers spending up big for sustainably, sourced, out-of-the-box varieties.
"Australians are very adventurous so they like to try new things (and) are actually interested to trade up and have a better experience," Nespresso Australia and Oceania general manager Loic Rethore said.
"They are ready to pay a bit more money for that experience, but they also expect a lot - they expect that experience to be perfect."