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Posted Wed Oct 2, 2013, 5:11am Subject: Re: Barista milk?
from the provided link...
"Straus Family Creamery's Organic Barista Milk is simply our Organic Cream-Top Milk that has been lightly homogenized."
Here's my take on all of this "which milk business" (for what it's worth?)...
Try different milk brands, etc until you find one that you can froth well and tastes the best to you. If you suddenly begin having difficulty frothing it well and you haven't changed anything and it seems to be a new trend, change milk. Cow milk varies seasonally due to diet and percent of "add-ins" (something dairies and other commercial food producers use to maintain consistency in flavor).
As for your other question. Your best answers are going to come from people who live near you. However, until that happens...I always try to get local organic milk. The baristi in Houston use a dairy called Milk King. It was only available at one small market in town, until about 4-6 months ago, when Whole Foods began to carry it. The flavor is exceptional, but I find it somewhat difficult to froth. I was in a local coffee house where the owner was discussing the milk with the owner of a "rival" coffee house (they were obviously friends). They were saying how they've had to mix the whole milk and the 1% to get the right blend for good microfoam. Anyhow, I tried Organic Valley Grassmilk. My G-d...the flavor is incredible (best I've ever tasted)! Unfortunately, it's not homogenized, so the cream layers out on the top, and it takes a huge amount of shaking to get it even moderately incorporated. The flavor is soooo good, I've actually considered (several times) buying it again, putting it through my blender, and then back into the carton. For now though, I usually buy regular Organic Valley, but there are a couple of other pretty good local dairies. I've tried Straus milk (not the barista one) and thought it was very, very good, but it's not available where I shop.
. Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
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