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DesigningGenius
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Posted Mon Jan 13, 2014, 6:49pm
Subject: Steaming Coconut Milk
 

Can I use coconut milk as a replacement for dairy milk in lattes?
Has anyone tried this?
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Posted Mon Jan 13, 2014, 7:54pm
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One of my customers said he prefers coconut milk and that it steams easily. But I have no personal experience with it.

 
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 6:33am
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I suppose there is no reason to not do it.

For me, I hate the taste of Cocoanut, the smell turns my stomach so I suppose I would not be a good source on the issue.

It is the protein in the milk that foams up, from what I understand, there is not a lot of protein in it so it would be harder to get a nice foam.

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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 9:30am
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I have some experience working with coconut milk in the kitchen, but not a ton of experience steaming milk, so maybe someone can fill in the gaps here.

Coconut milk does not have the protein or fat content of milk.  It's more like water with natural sugars.  At a certain temperature, you'll get caramelization of sugars, but I'm not sure how the coconut milk will hold microfoam because it's so thin.  If someone knows how milk foam changes if you go from whole milk -> skim, those changes will be more pronounced (I think) if you're steaming coconut milk.  Also, are you talking about actually breaking open a coonut or buying canned stuff?  The canned stuff, sometimes, has additives and thickeners.  The word "milk" in coconut milk is deceiving, because it has no relation to actual animal milk obviously.  Let us know how it goes, I'm interested.
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 10:00am
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JerDGold Said:

I have some experience working with coconut milk in the kitchen, but not a ton of experience steaming milk, so maybe someone can fill in the gaps here.

Coconut milk does not have the protein or fat content of milk.  It's more like water with natural sugars.  At a certain temperature, you'll get caramelization of sugars, but I'm not sure how the coconut milk will hold microfoam because it's so thin.  If someone knows how milk foam changes if you go from whole milk -> skim, those changes will be more pronounced (I think) if you're steaming coconut milk.  Also, are you talking about actually breaking open a coonut or buying canned stuff?  The canned stuff, sometimes, has additives and thickeners.  The word "milk" in coconut milk is deceiving, because it has no relation to actual animal milk obviously.  Let us know how it goes, I'm interested.

Posted January 14, 2014 link

Yep, I do believe they were using "off the shelf" coconut milk. I'm keen to pick some up tomorrow and try but my results may not be as good as someone who steams on a regular basis.

 
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 10:03am
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There's a youtube video somewhere where they compare steaming coconut, almond, rice and soy I believe.
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 2:53pm
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Okay, let me clarify. I'm not doing this for me, its for a friend who is on paleo and wants to be able to enjoy espresso still. I thought of almond milk but she cannot due to nut allergies.
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 2:54pm
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I essentially want a paleo friendly alternate. If anyone knows one.
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 7:05pm
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I've steamed coconut, almond and soy at the bar. They remind me more of skim than whole or 2 percent in that it is difficult to get the hard foam needed for a capucino, For a latte or cafe au lait, it's possible to get a bit of foam that can be stirred back into the milk before constructing the drink.

Each is an acquired taste.
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 8:31pm
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Hemp milk froths well, but it has a strong taste that will overpower or detract from the espresso.  I tried the Pacific brand.
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