I’ve been on the hunt for vegan milk that doesn’t curdle for years. Years. For me, personally, it’s been the biggest barrier in switching from regular milk to vegan milk.
I don’t drink coffee that much, but I like a cup in the morning to fire me up for the day. And yet with every vegan milk I tried, and I tried them all, every single milk curdled in my morning coffee. See exhibit A. A cup of milky coffee is an indulgence of mine, and curdled milk was not cutting it for me.
I tried rice milk, soya milk, oat milk, almond milk, sweetened almond milk, coconut milk in the quest to find vegan milk that doesn’t curdle. Heating the milk. Waiting for my coffee to cool. Pouring the milk into my coffee over the back of a spoon. You name it I tried it, and yet the milk still curdled.
I had given up the vegan milk quest (although I was reducing dairy in other parts of my diet), until the other day when I was in a shop and stumbled across Oatly Barista Milk. Made from oats, it’s marketed at baristas who want foamable milk for making latte art (how hipster!). I’m no latte artist, but I figured at £1.95 a carton it would be worth a try to see if it wouldn’t curdle when just poured straight into coffee.
I got home and made myself a coffee, and lo and behold, my hunch was right – Oatly Barista Milk is the first vegan milk that doesn’t curdle that I’ve come across! I’ve also found I much prefer the taste and texture of this milk over the standard Oatly oat milk I tried before, or any vegan milk for that matter. It has a nice thick, non watery texture unlike all the vegan milks I’ve tried before, and a pleasant taste that doesn’t overpower the tea or coffee. And it tastes nice in breakfast cereal and porridge too!
It is available in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, and may be available in some organic/natural food shops.
The Oatly Barista Milk has a long date on it (unopened it can store un-refrigerated for a year) so I want to buy it in bulk as it’s not available in my local area. It’s been hard to track it down as a bulk buy available for postage. The best price I can find it online in bulk is £11.21 for a pack of six* with free delivery from Healthy Foods Online, a third party seller on Amazon. If you don’t mind shopping directly with Amazon, I have found it for £7.20 for a pack of six* with free delivery.
If you want to avoid Amazon altogether, it is available for £11.21 for a pack of six with a £2.99 delivery charge from 123 Healthshop.
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