vegan milk that doesn't curdle

Vegan Milk That Doesn’t Curdle

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.

vegan milk that doesn't curdle

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.

vegan milk that doesn't curdle

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6 comments

  1. When I switched to vegan milk I just gave up and switched to black coffee because I couldn’t find anything that didn’t curdle. I’m still not entirely sure how coffee shops use Alpro and it doesn’t curdle – I guess it’s something to do with heating it but I can’t really be bothered with that hassle at home.

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    • You are braver than me Rosie – I tried black coffee and black tea and could not get used to the taste! I tried heating Alpro in the microwave, and I also I tried leaving the coffee to cool a little and it just curdled every time! And yes, so much hassle just for a cup of coffee!!

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  2. I only occasionally drink coffee, but I find Alpro hazelnut milk is usually fine and doesn’t curdle; I wonder if it’s because I buy the UHT version? Don’t know if that makes a difference. As for Rosie’s comment – I’ve seen some coffee shops use Alpro ‘for professionals’ version, which I assume is similar to the Oatly one in the article, and they both likely have something added to them to prevent curdling.

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    • Most milks I’ve tried have been the UHT versions and curdled, although in saying that I can’t remember if I’ve tried the hazelnut Alpro. Hmm. Oatly has a plant based oil added to it and an acidity regulator to help prevent curdling – perhaps Alpro professional has the same? I wasn’t aware of Alpro professional -it’s always handy having a backup!!

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  3. Hello, Wendy. This is my first time commenting, although I’ve been a fan of your blog for a while. I’ve found that the Alpro soya single cream works really well in coffee. It has quite a rich taste, and I’ve never had any problems with it curdling.

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    • That’s possibly the only thing I haven’t tried Elaine! I will give it a go if I have problems getting hold of Oatly! I had never thought about trying cream in my coffee but it sounds pretty good! And thanks for saying hello! ;)

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