Missing your barista coffee?
With all of us spending more time at home, its no suprise that we all are missing our favourite barista coffee.
That coming together of strong perky coffee and hot sweet milk. Foamed to perfection for a rather splendid milk moustache is to die for!
It must be really hard on those of us who can’t or don’t consume dairy products. Because recreating barista-style coffee with non-dairy milk is not an easy task.
The Perfect Barista Milk?
Barista coffees are made with whole milk as standard. This is because its light, creamy and froths extreamly well.
Milk is a combination of fat, protein and carbohydrates. When steam is added by the barista, the milk froths with lots of tiny bubbles. This is what makes that stiff, lightweight foam that holds its shape and perfcet for making latte art.
Whole milk works better because its greater fat content makes the foam more stable.
Why doesn't plant-based milk work well in coffee?
For those of us who use dairy-free milk, there is a range of plant-based alternatives, including soy milk, oats, rice, and nuts.
The reason why these plant-based milks are less successful in the hands of a non-bartender is because of their makeup. And we're not talking about their mascara!
The dairy-free alternatives are essentially a suspension of the liquefied ingredient - soy, oats, rice, or nuts - in water.
As their chemical composition is different from animal milk, they do not froth. And if you have used them in coffee, which is naturally acidic, you have probably also found that they curdled.
The Best Milk Alternative for Coffee
when using vegetable milk in your coffee, it is important to use a special barista blend. These milks have added stabilizers to regulate their texture. The stabilizers prevent the milk from reacting with the coffee, so it does not curdle.
One of these blends is Oatly Barista, which, as the name suggests, is oat milk.
A little rapeseed oil has been added to the milk, which gives it a creamier texture. And it foams too, but we'll talk about that later.
What makes oat milk so good in coffee?
Oat milk is one of the healthiest vegetable milks. It is rich in unsaturated fats. And nutritious, with calcium and vitamins. The milk is made with liquid oats, so it has a certain natural sweetness and is not too heavy.
Oatly Barista is an unrefrigerated product, which means it can be stored in the pantry until it opens. A pleasant neutral flavor and is not as grainy or chalky as some plant milks can be.
It heats up and foams beautifully for the full bartending experience, but can also be used straight from the carton, like regular milk.
How do you assemble the Fatly Barista?
You can whip Fatly Barista the same way you would regularly milk froth. Heat as much as you need - in the microwave or on the hob - and use a froth nozzle or manual milk brother to create the froth. What is that? You don't have a cappuccinatore? Well luckily all is not lost - pour the unheated milk into a large jar and close the lid tightly. Then shake it as desired for 30-60 seconds, or until you see foam forming.And There you go ! Your perfect barista coffee, home made with oat milk.
Where can you buy Oatly Barista?
If you are from UK you can order Oatly Barista Edition direct from us.
We also sell a variety of ground coffees - and Nespresso compatible capsules!