We love a quirky food trend here at Lonely Planet, and we’ve had all kinds of coffee fads lately, from glitter to rainbow to 3D. The latest innovation to pique our attention is the ‘selfieccino,’ which is created at The Tea Terrace in House of Fraser department store on Oxford Street in London. It allows customers to have an image of themselves or a message “printed” in the foam of a cup of coffee, and the results are truly eye-catching.
The ‘selfieccino’ is a selfie/cappuccino or hot chocolate combination, and it costs £5.75. Customers can send a photo or message to the barista via an online messaging app, who then applies the image to the foam of the beverage using edible food dye and a fine art printer. The process takes around four minutes, and the results are truly Instagram-worthy. Since the service launched at Christmas, Instagram is full of images of happy customers preparing to drink their own faces off.
The Tea Terrace is hoping to trademark the term ‘selfieccino’ and wishes to expand the service across its other two locations in London Victoria and Guildford, Surrey. It has become Europe’s first location to deliver the ‘selfieccino’, and it introduced the service knowing the increasing importance of producing food that has social media appeal for patrons. Looking at the café’s own Instagram page, we’ve even seen images of pets appearing in the beverages, which it has dubbed the ‘puppycino’.
The selfieccino is available at The Tea Terrace, House of Fraser, Oxford Street, London. Follow the café on Instagram here.