The Goth Latte
The novelty and the coolness factor aren’t the only reasons to purchase a “charcoal latte.” The gray-black concoction is good for you, too, even if it looks like Death’s preferred beverage. It has activated charcoal in it. I’ve taken activated charcoal myself, in tablet form, and I can tell you from firsthand experience that it is excellent at neutralizing stomach acid. Did you know that if pink coloring agents weren’t added to Pepto Bismol it would also be blackish in color, and for the same reason? Just add some cream or thick milk to the black latte and you can create a lovely juxtaposition of color. If they could train baristas in the creating of white creamy skulls to float atop the frothy black liquid, they could market the concoctions as a “Death’s-head latte” or some such. Even people like me, confirmed coffee haters, might give it a try that way.
Painting a set once for a production of my original work DRACULA: LORD OF THE VAMPIRES, a skull formed atop a can filed with black paint. I kid you not. Not a perfectly symmetrical skull, no, but it did resemble one. It had eyes and a mouth and was wicked cool and I took it as a sign. I did not, however, drink it, since it was paint. But had it been a latte…
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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