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The best milk to accompany a specialty coffee

If you ask me what is the best milk to accompany a specialty coffee or in other words, whether or not it is convenient to add milk to the coffee, I would say that the best thing, in order to fully enjoy its flavor, aroma and fragrance, is to drink it alone. Now, depending on the moment, the occasion, we can consider it appropriate to add a little milk. The problem that arises then is deciding on the type of milk ...


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Beyond the "conventional" milk that we all know (although it has multiple presentations), an entire industry has recently developed that allows us to obtain milk from an infinite number of products, to our delight.


Some of the most commercialized are the following:


  • Almond milk:

A classic milk with a fine, velvety body and a subtle semi-sweet nutty flavor. It also contains vitamin B, promotes metabolism and, at the same time, as it contains soluble and insoluble fiber, it protects the wall of the intestine, especially in favor of the colon, which helps regulate the absorption of sugars and cholesterol.


  • Cashew milk:

Very creamy, this milk is especially good for steaming. It is nutritious and has a hint of nutty flavor. With regard to the contribution of minerals, cashew milk, like the dried fruit itself, is rich in phosphorus, selenium, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, potassium and zinc, so its consumption is very beneficial for the bone and muscle care.



  • Macadamia milk:

Thick and smooth milk. Its nutrient content strengthens the immune system. Likewise, its high content of calcium and phosphorus favors the strengthening and development of bones and teeth, without counting the benefits it offers to our skin.


  • Flax seed milk:

This nutritious milk has an earthy, nutty hue that amplifies similar flavors in coffee. Flax seeds stand out for their high content of Omega-3, fiber, proteins of plant origin and minerals such as magnesium and potassium. It also contains important antioxidants such as coumaric acid, feluric acid, and lignans. Rich in vitamins of type B, C and E.


  • Hemp milk:

Hemp milk, somewhat thin but still creamy, tastes slightly similar to almond milk. Being high in vitamin E, it is a powerful natural antioxidant, as well as being rich in essential minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc and magnesium.


  • Oat milk:

Naturally sweeter and thicker than most vegan milks, which is why it has become a barista favorite in recent years. Oat milk is also a source of minerals such as potassium and to a lesser extent magnesium and calcium, but it offers lipid-lowering substances such as beta-glucans that could benefit health.


  • Rice milk:

This light milk has a translucent appearance and a subtle sweet taste. It's great for people who want to avoid nuts. It is also a food that helps prevent cardiovascular problems and strokes, thanks to the flavonoids that its composition includes. Being a vegetable drink, it is very beneficial for the immune system.


  • Soy milk:

Soy milk is nutritionally dense and has almost as much protein as cow's milk. It is creamy and balanced and, as it lacks cholesterol, it is beneficial for the heart and the circulatory system. It can help prevent osteoporosis by supplying the bone with calcium, although this is not the only important factor.


  • Coconut milk:

This plant-based milk is rich and creamy, but it tends to have a distinctive flavor that can stand out. Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6. They also contain minerals such as iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Unlike cow's milk, coconut milk is lactose-free, so those who suffer from intolerance can use it as a substitute.


  • Pea milk:

You didn't know it existed! Well yes and it is the most nutritious vegan milk of all. It has a neutral flavor and a consistency of soy / almond milk. A cup of pea milk contains only 70 calories, potassium, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin D, also iron, making it a very nutritious drink.




As you can see, there are many options to enjoy a specialty coffee accompanied by a little milk; just be careful not to add too much, to the point of altering the original flavor of the variety you are preparing.



 

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