The Coffee Enthusiasts Guide To Milk Alternatives
Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant or just simply not a fan of the regular stuff, you can still enjoy a delicious cup of coffee without dairy. The quality and selection of milk alternatives have boomed in recent years, to the point where some people find it intimidating. From oat and rice to soy and almond – it can be tricky to know how to prepare milk alternatives with coffee. But there’s no need to worry, we’ve gathered together some info on how to match and prepare these alternatives so you can enjoy the perfect cup of coffee every time.
Made from soya beans, soy milk is made by grinding up soya beans, extracting the juice and mixing it with water to create a thick creamy concoction. Due to the fat content in cow’s milk, it performs quite well when steamed and heated. But nowadays you can buy soy milk that’s been specially formulated for baristas, which makes it the ideal milk alternative for a latte or cappuccino drinkers. If you’re using soy milk in your coffee, it’s best to heat the milk up in the microwave or in a jug of hot water on the hob – then froth it just like you would on cow’s milk.
While the taste isn’t exactly the same as cow’s milk, almond milk does have a very similar consistency to it – which means it goes well in warm or hot coffee. Its rich vanilla flavour is great for making lattes and other milky coffee drinks – or even in a simple caramel latte. This milk alternative is readily available at the grocery store, but you can also make your own!
To make almond milk, you’ll need to soak the almonds overnight with water – then blend them into a milky liquid. Once you’ve done that, strain the liquid and mix in the water directly into your coffee. This is one of my favourite ways to enjoy it – just add a little cinnamon and honey for an extra kick.
This alternative comes from the grains of rice, which – along with ground almonds – forms one of the main ingredients in this milk. As well as tasting great, it’s light and has a mild vanilla flavour that pairs perfectly with a flat white, cappuccino or even a frappe. To create rice milk, simply cook up some rice in a pan, then leave it to cool before blending it into milk. It’s fairly quick and easy to get the hang of, so you’ll soon be able to make several cups in no time.
Like almond and rice milk, oat milk is made from ground oats and water. This alternative is made by extracting the liquid from oats and mixing it with water. It has a sweet flavour and is ideal for those who like adding a bit of sweetness to their coffee – it also helps that it’s cholesterol-free and low in fat, so you can enjoy a guilt-free white coffee at any time of day.
If you’re a fan of milky lattes or a fresh flat white in the morning, there are a plethora of milk alternatives to choose from. With a little trial and error, you’ll be able to find one that fits your coffee drinking needs perfectly. For more coffee tips and tricks, make sure you subscribe to Corporate Coffee Solutions so you don’t miss a thing!