Today's New York Post covers a controversial new beverage craze in Brooklyn: babyccinos, or decaffeinated cappuccinos and small cups of steamed milk meant for toddlers and children. "A lot of kids come in here with their parents after school and actually ask for the decaf babyccino by name," said Natalie Ekberg, a barista at the Root Hill coffee shop in Gowanus.
"They just really like the taste of coffee," said parent Barbara Albinus of her children, who are ages 6 and 9. "I drink coffee every day of the year, so they like it too. I only let them have it once in a while. They're already jumping off the walls [anyway]."
Should kids be allowed to consume even decaffeinated coffee? And are parents who buy their children babyccinos training them to prefer fancy coffee drinks as young adults?