4. We started drinking a variety of lattes
Lattes have moved with the times and, in the noughties, the term stopped discriminating against coffee-adjacent drinks. Enter rainbow lattes. Though chai lattes have been around for a long time, the rainbow latte trend really kicked off with matcha. The now-ubiquitous green brew poured the way for golden (turmeric), mushroom, taro, beetroot, charcoal, algae, unicorn, sweet potato and a variety of other technicolour coffee-inspired cuppas, which are made using myriad vegetables, herbs, spices, superfood powders or other plant-based ingredients.
5. Cows became the milk minority
As if choosing between low-fat, no-fat, full-cream, high-calcium, high-protein, soy, light, skim, omega 3, high calcium with vitamin D and folate, or extra dollop wasn’t hard enough (thank you Pauls’ Smarter White Milk) – these days we have an endless supply of milk sources and styles from which to choose. As well as embracing A2, lactose-free, organic, goat, sheep and even camel milk, the 2010s saw us really milking the dairy-free trend with sales of almond, oat, macadamia, coconut, hemp and rice mylks (the ‘y’ often used to highlight the milks’ vegan status) exploding over this time.
6. We started activating everything
Not only did we start milking nuts, the last decade also saw us activating them. In case you’ve forgotten (or tried to repress), this involves soaking nuts, grains or legumes in water and salt overnight, and then re-dehydrating them. The rationale behind the trend was that soaking stimulates the germination and sprouting process, which can enhance nutrient absorption and improve digestion.
7. We became coffee snobs
Where do you even start when it comes to Melbourne’s coffee scene over the last decade? While arabica was the buzzword of the early noughties, the last 10 years saw us guzzling premium-grade specialty, small-batch and single-origin beans. We moved towards lighter, fruitier styles of the golden brew and boutique roasters started popping up all over the city. The price of coffee went up – with many places averaging $4.50 a cup. We sipped the world’s most expensive coffee – a $150 Esmerelda Geisha from Panama. We even drank coffee made from civet cat excrement (Indonesia’s kopi luwak). Latte art became a thing, the Magic became a thing (and cult CBD cafe Patricia has long been credited with taking it to the masses). We swapped disposable cups for keep cups, started caring about how our coffee is made (would you like washed, natural or honey-processed with that?) and drinking cold brew, Bulletproof (coffee made with butter or coconut oil), on-tap nitrogen coffee, salted coffee, unicorn lattes, glitter cappuccinos and even coffee cherry soda.
8. Food delivery exploded
Back in ye olde days, you had to actually call your local pizza joint or Thai restaurant if you wanted to place an order for delivery. Now dinner is just a click away. Driven by the booming share economy, food-delivery services rocketed onto the takeaway scene over the last decade, with Deliveroo leading the charge in 2015, followed by Delivery Hero (which later acquired Foodora) and UberEATS in 2016. A 2018 finder.com.au study found Australians spent a whopping $2.6 billion a year on delivered meals and drinks, with online food delivery services accounting for 12 per cent of sales in the lucrative, $44.1 billion cafe, restaurant and takeaway food services industry. With 68 million online food orders each year and over 7,000 orders each hour, that's a whole lot of margherita pizza: Australia's dish of the year in 2019 which, according to Menulog data, was the nation's favourite food to order on every single day bar Monday.