Sacred Grounds Guide to Alternative Milks

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There are many reasons why more and more people are flocking to alternative milks – health reasons, dietary requirements, ethical reasons and taste preference to name the big ones. There’s no doubt that alternative milks bring a different coffee experience both in taste and texture.

Alternative milks are all unique and bring something different to the taste profile of the coffee. So if you’re asking yourself how changing over to an alternative milk will affect your daily coffee, then the Sacred Grounds team are here to help you out.

With the help our Account Manager Nadime (@dee_alam), we recently conducted a taste test using three of the most popular alternative milks in the market.

Specifically, we’re testing three alternative milks from Pure Harvest – Coco quench, Organic Soy, and Organic Almond milk.

Soy Milk

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TASTE PROFILE

Slightly sweet and nutty

BENEFITS

Soy is a great option for those wishing to avoid diary and nuts, it also contains protein levels that are almost on par with regular milk. The Pureharvest Soy Milk is organic with no added sugars, pesticides or preservatives and is gluten free.

USE WITH COFFEE

Steaming soy milk can be hard but not impossible. It’s the most commonly served alternative milk in Australian cafes, so if your local barista can master soy, so can you!

Before use, always make sure to shake bottle well.

When steaming the milk, place the steam arm off centre and with the nozzle just below the surface so that you hear a slurping noise. If you hear a loud pitched scream then your nozzle isn’t getting enough air. It is important to hold this position firmly whilst frothing the milk. This will help achieve a thick creamy texture

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Be careful not to overheat the milk as it will cause the soy milk to separate.

Bang the jug on the counter a few times after frothing to help flatten out any bubbles.

 

Almond Milk

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TASTE PROFILE

Slightly sweet, nutty

BENEFITS

Almonds naturally contain vitamin E & B, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, and healthy fats.  Like soy, the Pureharvest Almond Milk is organic with no added sugars, pesticides or preservatives and is gluten-free.

USE WITH COFFEE

Almond milk is quickly rising in popularity in the coffee world as an alternative to soy. Out of the three milks we found that this almond milk textured the most similarly to milk, meaning that we were able to get some good latte art to form.

Before use, always make sure to shake bottle well.

Similarly to soy milk, you have to careful not to overheat Almond milk as it can separate.

Bang the jug on the counter a few times after frothing to help flatten out any bubbles.

 

Coconut Milk

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TASTE PROFILE

Subtle coconut flavour, rich, slightly sweet and creamy

BENEFITS

Coconut Milk is high in lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that’s easily absorbed and used by the body for energy. The Pureharvest Coco Quench, is organic and is gluten, cholesterol and lactose-free.

USE WITH COFFEE

While coconut milk is the least commonly found alternative milk in your local café, that doesn’t make this any less favourable.  In fact, out of the three milks, we found the coconut milk to be the creamiest.

Before use, always make sure to shake bottle well.

When steaming, try to get as much air as you can in first 5 – 15 seconds. This will help to froth up the coconut milk to get a thick creamy texture

Pound the jug on the counter after frothing to flatten out any bubbles

 

Where to purchase?

All of the three above milks and our coffee are all available from Honest To Goodness – www.goodness.com.au

You can order online or visit their shop in Alexandria

Honest To Goodness, Unit D1, 46-62 Maddox Street Alexandria

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Sacred Grounds coffee is also available from our webshop – shop.sacredgroundsorganic.com

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