eew_bugs Senior Member Joined: 20 Jan 2013 Posts: 2 Location: Phoenix, AZ Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013, 8:54pm Subject: brand of milk best for texturing
I'm working to increase my milk texturing for latte art. I have had a lot of experience and self training, but still am not getting consistent texture. i own a simple shop and am wondering if there would be more consistency if i was using a milk different than what was most readily available. What do the top shops use or the baristas in competition? Thanks for your help.
emradguy Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2011 Posts: 3,218 Location: Houston Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Mon Jan 21, 2013, 6:31am Subject: Re: brand of milk best for texturing
milk varies quite a bit seasonally, because of differences in cattle feed. Larger commercial producers use add-ins to try to maintain consistency, but it's not really achievable. I can''t say what's done for competitions, but I've found that local baristi are the best resource for finding out what to use in your area. Go to artisan cafes and ask the baristi...not large commercial places that use super-automatic machines (where the baristi are poorly trained).
Short relevant story... I happened to be in a new cafe in Houston a couple of months ago (Southside Espresso - which is fantastic, btw) and the barista/owner was in conversation with another customer discussing the differences in milk locally available. They even talked about how they had come to the conclusion to blend whole and lowfat to get it just right. As it turned out the "customer" was another local cafe owner (Boomtown). They told me all the good cafes in Houston were using milk from the same dairy, and it was delivered directly to their cafes weekly. There happens to be only one local artisan market that carries their milk for consumer purchase. The dairy is located almost 200 miles from Houston.
. Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
germantownrob Senior Member Joined: 2 Dec 2007 Posts: 2,156 Location: Philadelphia Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:08am Subject: Re: brand of milk best for texturing
I ended up trying many different brands and found the one that worked best for me and my machine but then I bought the same milk in a gallon container, completely different. Turns out the 1/2 gal came from a different dairy farm then where the plant that bottled the gallons got their milk from.
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