A lot of people love to drink their coffee just as it comes — black with absolutely nothing it.
But then, there are people like myself who enjoy a good shot of cream or non-dairy milk in their coffee.
There are so many types out there to choose from, so how do you know which plant milk works best for speciality coffee like the coffee you get from your Blue Coffee Box Subscription?
Today, we are going to break it down for you so that you can determine which is best for your morning cup of Joe.
I will be honest with you. For years, I used to drink heavily sweetened coffees with tons of sugar and flavoured creamers (I live in the USA so we are all about our flavoured creamers over here).
But then, Jon (Harvey’s dad) introduced me to the world of speciality coffee and my coffee drinking game was never the same after that.
Because of the milder flavor of coffee, there really is no need for overly sweet sugars and creamers. If you like your coffee creamy, these tips and non-dairy milk choices will help you make the best cup of coffee you have ever tasted.
Which Is The Best Non-Dairy Milk For Speciality Coffee?
There are several non-dairy options on the market these days such as soy, almond, or oat milk. These flavours can be overpowering but with our help, you can choose one that will compliment your coffee perfectly.
Soy milk is one of the most
Depending on who the supplier is, soy milk may or may not foam as well as you think it should. Be selective when choosing this for your coffee. Go with the best brand for perfect foam on your coffee every single time.
Some people say that soy milk in their morning coffee is a great neutral-flavoured milk that can work well with speciality coffee. Other people have said that it tastes too much like cardboard. Either way, it can be very overpowering if the right coffee blend is not used.
Because soy milk has a very nutty flavour, it is best to use coffees from South American origins but ones that have a fruity undertone. They pair well with the soy milk version.
Here’s a tip when making coffee with soy milk — be sure and keep a consistent whip on the milk when creating foam. It may take a minute or two to get it right, but keep trying. You will definitely get it.
Almond Milk has a mind of
So what can done with almond milk to make it taste great in your coffee? First — do not choose a coffee with a high acidity. It will cause the coffee to get very distorted and you will begin to notice a weird and sour flavour in your coffee which is very unpleasant.
If you want to use almond milk in your coffee, choose a lightly roasted coffee. This pairs best with almond milk.
Oat milk is becoming more popular in speciality coffee shops these days because of the neutral flavour it has.
While almond milk and soy milk are a little stronger, oat milk doesn’t overpower the coffee. With oat milk, you can use pretty much any coffee you want and you are going to taste that coffee in all of its amazing flavour.
Cashew Milk and Coconut Milk
The last two non-dairy milks we are going to look at are cashew milk and coconut milk. Both are okay for coffee, but you need to know up front what you are getting when you put these plant milks in your coffee.
Cashew milk has a milder flavour than almond milk. It is naturally sweeter but it can overwhelm your coffee. Not only that, but it doesn’t foam as good as the ones mentioned above.
It can also be more expensive than soy, almond, and oat products.
Coconut milk is full of saturated fat, and while it is rich and creamy, it masks your coffee flavour and is too watery to create a delicious foam top. Plus, coconut milk has a very distinctive flavour.
If you want a coconut flavoured milk, try using an oat milk or almond milk flavoured with coconut for that perfect coconut coffee taste.
How to Get the Right Foam
To make sure that you coffee is getting the right foam top, the best results have come from steaming the non-dairy milk at lower temperatures than you do regular dairy milk.
In the end, the brand does matter when it comes to using non-dairy milk in your coffee. Make sure to look in different supermarkets and make sure to read the ingredient lists.
If you are not sure what brand would work best, visit a speciality coffee shop, order a coffee with your milk of choice and then ask the barista what he or she used.
You might be surprised which plant milk complements the