For connoisseurs of cappuccino, latte macchiato or iced latte, it is not only the quality of the espresso beans that matters, but also the choice of milk. Many plant-based milk alternatives are available for those who like to eat vegan. One way to avoid the lactose in cow’s milk is lactose-free milk.
At the Coffee-Bike, you can get your coffee specialty just the way you like it and choose between several types of milk. In this blog post, you can read about the properties of the milk alternatives and the advantages they offer.
Classic and popular. Made from soybeans and water, this plant-based drink tastes slightly of cereal and gives off a mild sweetness. Since soy is 36% protein and contains a lot of fibre, it is a real source of protein. In addition, soy milk has little cholesterol and, unlike cow’s milk, the amount of fat is also lower. This alternative foams well and is also suitable for latte art.
Absolutely trendy and totally delicious. After the almonds have been roasted and ground into almond flour, a certain amount of water is added. In order for the nutty taste to develop, the mixture needs a resting phase of several hours. Depending on the almond content, the colour varies from a light cream tone to beige. Especially for allergy sufferers, almond milk is the perfect substitute, as it contains no lactose, no soy proteins, no milk protein and no gluten. This alternative also proves its worth as a creamy milk froth.
Nutrient-rich power cereal. Oat milk is a cereal milk with a strong flavour of its own. This is why the beverage, which is made from fermented grain, is not necessarily to everyone’s taste. As a component of a cappuccino or latte macchiato, the taste is pleasantly sweet and combines perfectly with the aroma of the espresso. Oat milk is not only healthy and well tolerated, but also generally more sustainable in production. With a little practice, oat milk can also be foamed. A little more patience than with the other alternatives is necessary, however.
Summer, sun, coconut milk. This fresh liquid is obtained through a lengthy process in which the pulp is pureed with water and then pressed through a cloth. The mass that remains in the cloth is extracted again with boiling water and squeezed out. This then produces the relatively odourless coconut milk. Despite its high fat content, the liquid from the tropical fruit is difficult to foam. On the other hand, it contains a lot of vitamins and has a low carbohydrate content.
New and hip! Take split peas, water, rapeseed and sunflower oil and voilà, pea milk is the result. If you think this drink tastes like peas, you are sadly mistaken. The slightly yellowish liquid actually resembles cow’s milk and has a rather sweet taste. An additional plus is that pea milk contains twice as much protein as cow’s milk and is very low in fat. Super suitable for athletes and all those who pay attention to a healthy and balanced diet. Pea milk is also coffee-friendly because it is perfect for frothing. At participating Coffee-Bikes, our baristas now also prepare your favourite drink with pea milk.
As different as the production of the milk alternatives is, as different are their tastes. If you feel like trying out your favourite coffee specialty with a plant-based alternative, then take a look at the free Coffee-Bike app (Android and iOS) to find out where the nearest Coffee-Bike is in your area. Enjoy it!