So I recently posted a thread on whole milk only and what to use as our non-dairy option. You should check it out...there is some good stuff on there. However, what I want to know here specifically is what does everyone use for non-dairy option. Soy is freaking gross and it takes away from the flavor of espresso too much. I've been experimenting with cocunut milk but it's extremely watery and is a pain in the ace to steam.
Does anyone use any kind of hemp, almond, or coconut combo? Has anyone else experimented with this and found that one works better than the other or there is a good combo to use for steaming and flavor purposes?
Dude, thanks for this. We'll definitely try it out!
Zayde Naquib said:
The cafe I work at has a large vegan clientele, so we have several non-dairy options. Hemp steams OK, but to me make the entire cup taste earthy (and not in a good way). Boxed almond steams terribly. Surprisingly enough though, homemade almond milk steams beautifully. It definitely won't taste as good as whole milk, but I can pull off some nice latte art with it. To make it, soak almonds in water overnight, rinse them the next day, then blend them, 1 cup almonds to 2 cups water until the particles are tiny. Then strain through something like a cheesecloth. While not a fan of the nutty taste, at least it looks presentable in the cup (our customers seem to dig it).
Almonds are tricky though because of tree nut allergies.