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. However, 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.
The Vegan Milk Problem
I tried so many kinds of vegan milk in the quest to find vegan milk that doesn’t curdle. From rice milk to soya milk. Oat milk to almond milk. Sweetened almond milk to coconut milk. Them all.
I then tried 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. Yet the milk still curdled.
The Vegan Milk That Doesn’t Curdle
I had given up the vegan milk quest (although I was reducing dairy in other parts of my diet). This was until the other day. 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 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!
Taste & Texture
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!
Where to Buy Oatly
Oatly is available in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. It may also 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. I therefore 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.
Since this post, I’ve done some investigation into which oat milk is the best in terms of ethics. I’ve also written on how to freeze oat milk to help reduce food waste. Do check them out! And if you are a tea drinker then might like this post on is there plastic in your tea?