There are many reasons why you might want to stay clear of dairy, including milk and cheese. For starters, some studies say up to 75% of grown-ups around the world are lactose intolerant!
That means all your digestive problems could easily be avoided by substituting milk, especially in your daily cup of coffee.
Luckily, there are more milk alternatives than ever. Oat milk, soy milk, almond milk, and, my favorite, coconut milk, they all make a nice cup of coffee.
Of course, to make a latte, you need milk froth, so the question is, will milk alternatives rise? Here’s what you need to know to make the perfect coconut milk latte coffee today!
Making a coconut milk latte is as easy as making a regular latte. You need an espresso shot and steamed milk in a 1:2 ratio. The rest is a thin but critical layer of milk foam or frothed milk.
It comes without saying everyone likes their latte with more or less steamed milk and froth. And although steaming coconut milk is not hard at all (you can even use the microwave), the froth is a bit trickier.
There are several types of coconut milk. Some are just too watery, so to make a latte, look for the creamiest kind you can find. And since coconut milk doesn’t react in the same way as cow’s milk when steamed, you have to get creative.
Whenever I want a thick frothy layer while using coconut milk, I use an electric hand mixer to whisk the milk until frothy, and you can try the same thing with a blender.
Then you only need to scoop the froth over your steamed coconut milk, already incorporated with the espresso for an extraordinary latte.
Although coconut milk is tropical and refreshing, it’s not the best milk for steamed coffee drinks. In fact, I’ve found oat milk and macadamia milk to be much more froth-friendly, just something to keep in mind.
Now, If you’re really into coconut milk, here’s a secret. If the milk is too runny, add a splash of coconut cream to your coconut milk before frothing. It will stay bubbly for longer!
Now we’re ready to make a coconut latte with the loveliest foam, and it will not upset your tummy.
Warm the coconut milk in the microwave or on the stove-top until steamy.
Pour the coconut milk into a mixing bowl and add the simple syrup. Use an electric hand mixer to whisk the coconut milk until frothy. If you have a milk frothing wand, forth the milk like you would usually do.
Brew the espresso and pour it into a cup, top with the frothy coconut milk and foam.