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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013, 9:54pm
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.
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Posted Mon Jan 21, 2013, 7:31am
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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).  

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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.

 
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Posted Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:08pm
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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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