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Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 13/10/2011, 11:54 AM
ok I admit to being an espresso and a milk 'purist'

my espresso usually has to be single origin 7 to 10 days post roast - and as a rule I wont drink coffee with milk unless the milk is unhomoginised (which usually also entails organic and or biodynamic)

but I picked up a bottle of Macro organic full cream milk from the stupid-market yesterday mainly because price point was cheaper than other milks available - and I have been happily drinking cafe lattes made with this milk ever since

I must say I'm impressed with the super creamy nature of the milk and it textures beautifully, making for a lovely cup of coffee!

What are others drinking?

ACg


Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 13/10/2011, 12:18 PM
Can this Macro organic full cream milk be obtained in all AU states

KK
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Bean Flying on 13/10/2011, 12:42 PM
Generally the local Sungold produced product. Consistent no added permeates, only minor issues it gets are after very hot weather or calving times.

Tried some Schulz's unhomogenised a few weeks back, steamed great and tasted as good or better than the Sungold but local availability is 30km's away until I get up and selling coffees full time and will most likely consider a change to it. More expensive by 30% but that only works out to $0.10-12c/cup increase.

Shhhh but I also tried some actual straight out of the vat Milk 2 weeks ago fat content up round 7%  ;D A little different to steam but the result in the cup was luxurious  8)
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Lacehim on 13/10/2011, 02:06 PM
I'm using local Cooloola pasteurised only jersey milk.  A tad expensive at $4.30 for 2 litres but the kids need fattening up and I refuse to help Coles & Woolies shaft what's left of the dairy farmers in this country.

The milk is fantastic to steam, and creamy and the taste... yum.  :)  I've also taken to drinking long blacks lately so that keep my consumption down a smidge.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: coffeehorse on 13/10/2011, 03:16 PM
Procal is still my favourite milk, but so difficult to obtain for a normal non-cafe purchaser.
A2 is my 'go-to' milk - like procal but a bit creamier & doesnt always microfoam as stunningly ($4.99-5.15/2L).
Riverina is better than Coles/Woolies/DF. - $2.99-3.79/L
Macro Organics is nice but very rich/thick/creamy - the price point of $2.24/L is okay too

Otherwise, Daisy Fresh is the cheapest milk in NSW that produces OK results - an ex Australian Barista Champion told me it is used at their place of work when they run out of Procal.

I'm still after good NSW milk options though. Over The Moon is just too pricey at $6.99/7.99 per 2L
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Bean Flying on 13/10/2011, 03:52 PM
I would love to be able to get Procal but they don't get out of Melbourne with their distribution in Victoria. Plus shipping milk all over the place is nuts. Plenty of Melbourne cafes using it.

Schulz's is about 70km away but it's easier to get it in Melbourne than locally  ::) Market Lane uses it plus a few others in town.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Muscles on 13/10/2011, 06:53 PM
My normal "goto" is the A2 @liter from Coles but since I have moved house the Mrs has been shopping at Woolies and just this week she came home with 2x 1L Paul's Farm House Gold - me likes very much!
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 13/10/2011, 07:08 PM
Can this Macro organic full cream milk be obtained in all AU states

KK

macro is safeway's house organic brand - as far as I know its available nationwide - having said that I only noticed it in-store recently...

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Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: shape_shifter on 13/10/2011, 07:38 PM
I'll always stand by saying, Pauls Farmhouse Gold, we don't use anything else.
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Post by: Kelsey on 13/10/2011, 09:09 PM
We've been using fat-free lactose-free milk for my wife's piccolo lattes. I'm blaming it on my difficulty coming to grips with texturing milk.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 13/10/2011, 09:58 PM
We've been using fat-free lactose-free milk for my wife's piccolo lattes. I'm blaming it on my difficulty coming to grips with texturing milk.

This makes all the difference
I always buy milk with a min 8% protein content 

KK
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Lacehim on 13/10/2011, 10:09 PM
My wife uses no fat stuff.  You get nice stiff foam with it!  ;D  Give me full fat anyday.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: java the hutt on 25/10/2011, 07:01 PM
what milk do you guys recommend that can be bought at the supermarket and is also low fat or fat free?
Grew up with low fat milk, and find full cream too heavy :-(
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 25/10/2011, 07:56 PM
The main thing is to read the label and get a milk with a min 8% protein  :lamp:

I have used and liked Pura Light
KK
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: RichardM on 25/10/2011, 07:56 PM
When using "normal milk" (I use lactose free normally), I either get Pauls Smarter white Milk or A2 Low Fat. They're both really really good. The Pauls is cheaper and more readily available.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: mycuppa on 25/10/2011, 08:12 PM
Jonesy's - 100% Organic and full of fat and big thick chunky bits.

Nothing else comes close, including Procal, which we had used, along with many cafes we supplied.

Procal is permeate-free btw.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: RichardM on 25/10/2011, 08:28 PM
Jonesy's - 100% Organic and full of fat and big thick chunky bits.

Nothing else comes close, including Procal, which we had used, along with many cafes we supplied.

Procal is permeate-free btw.

Can be bought at the supermarket? I've never seen it before (QLD).
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Bottom Line on 26/10/2011, 09:53 AM
macro is safeway's house organic brand - as far as I know its available nationwide - having said that I only noticed it in-store recently...

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I haven't seen it in the Safeways I have been in. Maybe not available everywhere?

Been using Demeter Bio-Dynamic for events/markets where there are a lot hippies. High in fat. Stretches quick. But highly variable depending on season.

Sungold Jersey when the mix of people is more normal. Very consistent. Textures beautifully. Bubbles that you normally have to tap out break down on their own! :)
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Seeya Latte on 26/10/2011, 01:58 PM
I like Jonesy's & Procal but for me (as I don't have a business), it means I have to plan well ahead because to get it involves me going to certain cafes who will onsell.

A2 is the one for me & and the family. Not only is the quality & consistency very good, it's conveniently available in supermarkets.

Seeya
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: adelaidecoffee on 18/11/2011, 10:10 PM
Currently using Paris Creek from SA. Organic full cream.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Hatchy on 14/03/2012, 12:45 PM
Barambah organics full fat. Lovely stuff. :stir
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: derrilex on 14/03/2012, 04:46 PM
A2 for me. Buy 5 x 2 lt. at a time - 4 in the fidge and 1 in the freezer
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: mouse_75 on 14/03/2012, 06:42 PM
We use Norco in the "office", which textures fine. I used Barambah full fat at the QLD comp and I find that amazing to texture on the comp machines, but during recent practice it has been almost too creamy in taste. I'm planning on doing some practice with some lower fat milks to see how they go.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Seeya Latte on 14/03/2012, 09:47 PM
A2 for me. Buy 5 x 2 lt. at a time - 4 in the fidge and 1 in the freezer
Must admit I've never frozen milk. How long would you typically freeze the milk for and does it lose any characteristics especially from a microfoaming perspective?
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Rhythm n Beans on 15/03/2012, 10:29 PM
Don't worry about freezing milk. She's good.  :thumb:  Remove a litre from the freezer as you open the one you're using. It will be nicely thawed and suitably cold by the time the other one is spent....coupla days.
 We always use Maleny Milk Farmers Choice Guernsey full cream milk. Nothing else tastes quite the same.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: RichardM on 15/03/2012, 10:53 PM
I use Pauls Zymil and Vitasoy Soy Milky low fat both UHT in my house.

Don't have too many other choices, but for value, storage, and texturing, they seem to be the pick of the ones me and the wife can drink.

I use A2 full cream when I have guests coming over.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: derrilex on 15/03/2012, 11:23 PM
Its all good. Doesnt seem to change anything with the milk. Got 1 defrosting now in the sink. Just took it out of the freezer and by morning it will still be a bit icey. More difficult in winter to get the defrost timing right. Bloody stuff can take all day to defrost in the sink depending on the temp. They dont stay in the freezer for long as I go through nearly 2 lt per day so its more for storage rather than emergency milk.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Black Shiraz on 16/03/2012, 07:28 AM
Hmm a local milk gets accolades & many top 100 melb cafes for coffee use it....... Froth ya heart out!!!

http://www.standard.net.au/news/local/news/general/cream-of-the-frothy-drops/2490330.aspx
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: texx on 16/03/2012, 07:52 AM
i use norco "capo"
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: GaryatGala on 20/03/2012, 12:51 AM
Here in WA, I use Bannister Downs. The containers are made of a material that's degradable. The milk is of good quality and they don't suffer from problems during certain parts of the year when the milk doesnt froth properly due to cold storage problems, weather and/or feed change.
           $2.20 per litre which i think is a good price for the quality. At times i do use Margaret River Organic, which is the old fashioned kind of milk where the cream sits on top, and some agitation is required before using. Creamy. Both those milks are close to %4 fat content.

 gary at Gala
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: greenman on 20/03/2012, 07:23 AM
I have just spent two days at Cafe Biz in Sydney, while there I sampled a new Cafe Milk product from Devondale, it can be stored  non refrigerated and comes in a carton like the UHT milk cartons. Sampled a couple of coffees using this product and they tasted great :)
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Post by: lemoo on 06/07/2012, 11:21 AM
I believe this is what Greenman was talking about

http://devondale.com.au/our-products/milk/baristas-own/

Just bought a couple of these from woolies yesterday (4 for $5 at the moment)

To be quite honest, it was actually quite decent! Didn't have any issues getting it to a nice velvety texture with good microfoam folded in

Will it replace good quality fresh milk (Bannister Downs my absolute fav)? No.
But it is an amazing Just-In-Case to have in the pantry for when you run out of milk and are in a pinch!
They store fine without being refrigerated like any other long life milk and the taste shouldn't deteriorate

The carton I tested was really impressive, much to my surprise actually. Was nice and sweet at 65

Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 09/07/2012, 08:33 PM
Just changed my milk over to Jonsey's unhomoginised - it's not organic but it's not adulterated either and I'm told that he farm utilises organic farming practises - and the milk is silky smooth and creamy in a way that complements the coffee without overwhelming it

It comes from the Alpine region in Victoria and the farm is family owned - and they're enlisting the help of other farms in the area to increase supply which to me sounds like a good use of local industry and its a product I'm proud to support

ACg
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Jeff/peckishonthepark on 22/07/2012, 09:35 PM
Hello everyone we are on the nsw soath coast and use the brand south coast milk  its very consistent.
We buy it as full cream or skim I make the coffee but I am no barista, its a little more expensive but we think its worth it.
 
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Dry bean. on 23/07/2012, 12:06 AM
Drake low fat el cheapo, steams well, tastes good and it's cheap, what's not to like? ;)
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Thundergod on 23/07/2012, 11:11 AM
I believe this is what Greenman was talking about

http://devondale.com.au/our-products/milk/baristas-own/

Didn't see it at Cafe Biz but spotted it yesterday at Coles.
I'll try it soon.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Ronin on 23/07/2012, 04:11 PM
Either Maleny Dairy's Gold top. Full cream unhomogenized
Or there is another farmers direct one from the same region but the name escapes me for now, perhaps better than Maleny.

Or A2 milk from supermarket if I can't get either of the other's
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Brett H on 23/07/2012, 05:00 PM
Either Maleny Dairy's Gold top. Full cream unhomogenized
Or there is another farmers direct one from the same region but the name escapes me for now, perhaps better than Maleny.

Or A2 milk from supermarket if I can't get either of the other's

Maleny gold top is phenomenal!  I just can't get it anywhere near me!
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: RichardM on 23/07/2012, 05:11 PM
Didn't see it at Cafe Biz but spotted it yesterday at Coles.
I'll try it soon.

We had it at the Sunshine Coast meetup. I was suitably impressed, and now keep one in the cupboard for when we have guests who drink "real" milk. It steamed very well.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Kelsey on 23/07/2012, 06:36 PM
You can get it at IGA too in the UHT milk section. I was tempted, except my wife is lactose intolerant and I don't drink milk.

Then again, I have taken to stretching Ollie's sippy cup of milk in the morning. Wonder if he'd appreciate some latte art?
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: RichardM on 23/07/2012, 07:09 PM
You can get it at IGA too in the UHT milk section. I was tempted, except my wife is lactose intolerant and I don't drink milk.

Then again, I have taken to stretching Ollie's sippy cup of milk in the morning. Wonder if he'd appreciate some latte art?

My brothers son didn't appreciate it when he was staying at my place the other day. Apparently his babycino "would be better with marshmallows" when asked how it was  :laugh:
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Lacehim on 27/07/2012, 08:57 PM
Or there is another farmers direct one from the same region but the name escapes me for now, perhaps better than Maleny.

Is it Cooloola milk?  They are from Mary Valley, and it's my choice of milk.  I buy the pasteurised only one, and because it's local (on Sunshine Coast) it has excellent date life.  I've never had a problem steaming it. :)  Costs a bit but I would rather support local produce.

My wife bought the Devondale baristas own UHT milk, so I cooled it down and tried it out with some of the milk drinkers at the social.  No complaints (I don't think anyone even noticed it was UHT), and as RM said it steamed very well.  I've got another one in the cupboard just in case I run out of milk, or some guests appear. :)
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Black Shiraz on 28/07/2012, 02:06 PM
I grabbed a 2ltr bottle of Warrnambool Cheese and Butters Sungold Brand Jersey Milk.  This milk is 3.7% protein and 4% fat - it just is devine to work with and has a different palate taste. 

http://www.sungoldmilk.com.au/23.html


Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Ronin on 28/07/2012, 02:40 PM
Is it Cooloola milk?  They are from Mary Valley, and it's my choice of milk.  I buy the pasteurised only one, and because it's local (on Sunshine Coast) it has excellent date life.  I've never had a problem steaming it. :)  Costs a bit but I would rather support local produce.


No not Cooloola but that is goo too, and Bramba Organics also.
The milk in question is Queensland Milk. Original style, Pasteurised.
242 Flaxton dr Flaxton

Newish to market I believe, I get it from a local roaster Cleanskin Coffee who gets it in. Good price too at $4 per 2lts compared to Maleny milk (which by the way is good to do the tour if your are in Maleny)
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Post by: Thundergod on 02/08/2012, 10:17 AM
We had it at the Sunshine Coast meetup. I was suitably impressed, and now keep one in the cupboard for when we have guests who drink "real" milk. It steamed very well.
Finally tried it (half way thru now).
Agree it textures well but I tasted it by itself and there's something about it that didn't taste right.
Must be all the UHTs it's full of.

Still, in milk it's OK.
I might consider it for an emergency supply.
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 02/08/2012, 11:21 PM
I think the words 'ultra pasteurised' tell the story - agreed the milk textures well but if you smell it immediately after opening.... well, cheese is what it smells like!
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Post by: Lucinda on 04/08/2012, 12:29 PM
Currently using Paris Creek from SA. Organic full cream.

Me too. Gets a bit variable over summer/calving season. I can live with that.

I also love Tweedvale, another small independant Hills Dairy who produce unhomogenised milk. I tend to get theirs if BD Farm is unavailable, or depending on my mood that day  ;D http://www.alongthegrapevine.com/stories/2009/tweedvale-milk/
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Post by: Lwowiak on 04/08/2012, 12:34 PM
When i lived in SA, we mainly used Tweedvale. We used to buy it from Kappy's, then from Foodland when they started to stock it. I prefer its taste over the Paris Creek.
Norwood Foodland has a great variety of "boutique" milks.
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Post by: The Tempest on 04/08/2012, 04:50 PM
I've been using A2 for a while and love it.

It textures beautifully, has a great taste and unlike Procal, it's always consistent.

Thankfully i get it at commercial rates because at $3 a litre it's a difficult purchase.
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Post by: Suzique on 21/08/2012, 04:46 PM
Does soya milk count?   

Guess that is a whole new thread on it's own, but for what it's worth, I use the Aldi Organic soya milk and it is great, and being Aldi, around $2 litre.
I find when I buy coffee out made with soya milk, the milk often seems to "split" whereas with the Aldi one stays constant and foams well.
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: ringo on 24/02/2013, 06:49 PM
Using Jonseys milk and Bonsoy for people that need that.
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 24/02/2013, 06:58 PM
Wife started to get Paul's lite because the doctor advised her to
That lasted about a week and we are back to full cream again  :thumb:

The taste is definitely different between the two milks
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: shape_shifter on 24/02/2013, 08:31 PM
It's now a year and a half since I posted what milk I use.

I am still using Paul's Farmhouse Gold.

I keep trying others but nothing comes close, well nothing that I can buy here anyway.
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: Kelsey on 24/02/2013, 08:57 PM
We're still on Liddel's lactose free full cream. It's sweeter than normal milk but can be textured well, although it's not easy.
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: euaneggs on 18/06/2013, 07:09 AM
I use either Wollies or Coles lite milk. I have tried other, more expensive milks but I really don't like the taste. in my coffee.

Do you think it's just whatever you're used to, as i'm sure there nothing wrong with Pauls etc..
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Post by: Jonathon on 18/06/2013, 10:01 AM
Been trying Jonesy's non-homogenised lately, very creamy and delicious. Steams very well.
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: eggbert on 18/06/2013, 03:07 PM
Was wondering about trying "bath" milk from the local organic food shop to see is there is any difference with non pasteurised milk.
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: UNM on 18/06/2013, 04:31 PM
I use either Wollies or Coles lite milk. I have tried other, more expensive milks but I really don't like the taste. in my coffee.

Do you think it's just whatever you're used to, as i'm sure there nothing wrong with Pauls etc..

Very much so. I used to  use milk, nowadays coffee  with milk in tastes  awful no matter what  the brand or type  (soy, oat, almond, rice,  cow, goat, human). Not so long ago I found black coffee undrinkable.


Thing is we have expectations of what flavour we are about to get and this affects  the actual  experience. 

I suspect some of the same applies to texturing milk to - if you expect jonesy's to be better than frankie's or luigi's or Paul's milk, then it quite possibly can  affect  the texturing. This in turn has a knock on effect to the finished drink.  Just a theory.
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: RichardM on 18/06/2013, 07:18 PM
Point of note: tried the Woolworths Lite Soy just to see what it was like. Nasty. Just nasty. Didn't steam at all. Checked the label and it had way more fat, way less protein, so assume that was why.

Wife's review: "Smelly. Weak. No flavour. Kind of like that flavour that isn't real. I know soy is from a bean, but it tastes as if it's made of other rubbish".
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: Jonathon on 18/06/2013, 09:28 PM
Very much so. I used to  use milk, nowadays coffee  with milk in tastes  awful no matter what  the brand or type  (soy, oat, almond, rice,  cow, goat, human). Not so long ago I found black coffee undrinkable.


Thing is we have expectations of what flavour we are about to get and this affects  the actual  experience. 

I suspect some of the same applies to texturing milk to - if you expect jonesy's to be better than frankie's or luigi's or Paul's milk, then it quite possibly can  affect  the texturing. This in turn has a knock on effect to the finished drink.  Just a theory.

More than a theory, there are all kinds of empirical studies which show that perception of a product affects what we actually taste.

At a simple level, try eating something without either seeing or smelling it.

So thinking that Jonesy's milk is superior to supermarket milk, as I do, undoubtedly affects how my brain interprets the signals it gets when the milk molecules hit my taste sensors.

Doesn't mean it's not actually better (whatever 'better' means), just something to be conscious of.
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Post by: hiphipharrar on 25/06/2013, 03:23 PM
FYI.

Posted without any claims or endorsement and probably only relevant to SE Qld members (go the Blues!)

http://www.scenicrim4realmilk.com.au/
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Post by: Brett H on 25/06/2013, 09:15 PM
FYI.

Posted without any claims or endorsement and probably only relevant to SE Qld members (go the Blues!)

http://www.scenicrim4realmilk.com.au/

Was there today for their open day!!  Enjoyed a Di Bella coffee from a van there and came home with some spectacular milk and lovely photos of the kids. 
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Post by: derrilex on 25/06/2013, 10:22 PM
I'll have to pick some up and have a crack
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Post by: Brett H on 25/06/2013, 11:01 PM
I'll have to pick some up and have a crack
Nowhere Cafe in Toowong stocks the homogenised version and they made me a fine takeaway coffee alo  :thumb:
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: derrilex on 26/06/2013, 06:49 AM
Cool Brett. I think I'll go to the organic shop at Wooloongabba  (just down from Boggo Rd)
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Post by: eggbert on 26/06/2013, 07:55 AM
The local organic ship sells 'bath' milk which I am tempted to try.
It's the only way they are legally allowed to sell unpasteurised milk.
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: Brett H on 26/06/2013, 09:49 AM
Cool Brett. I think I'll go to the organic shop at Wooloongabba  (just down from Boggo Rd)

If you can get the I un-homogenised milk it is so good!
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: shape_shifter on 26/06/2013, 01:32 PM
Hate when they run out of the milk I like and they are the only shop that sells it.

In saying that I tried the Pura milk instead and it wasn't too bad.
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Post by: ThatsMyCoffee.com on 07/07/2013, 11:31 PM
I've been using 1.5% low fat milk.  Having a devil of a time making Latte art, but the taste is all right.

Scott
ThatsMyCoffee.com
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: derrilex on 08/07/2013, 08:43 AM
I've switched to use Norco milk now. Fully independent so not putting money into parmalat & others pockets. I get it from a friend who owns the German bakery up the road. $3.50 for 3 lt. Bargain and awesome quality so far
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Post by: Brett H on 08/07/2013, 10:05 AM
We've been using the Scenic Rim milk and it is a luxurious treat.  We drove past Norco on the way out there so I imagine the quality and taste is very similar given that neither advertises any special feed or processing tricks.  We also used un-homogenised Barambah Organic the last couple of days which I find more difficult t get a good consistent microfoam with but the taste is wonderful.  My latte art is lude at best so its taste over looks here.
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: C-man on 28/07/2013, 10:37 AM
I often wonder if the milk should really be that good?

yummy milk can dominate the coffee, maybe it should take a back seat?

you have to consider that the milk makes up a large percentage of the cup in a white coffee

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Post by: Journeyman on 06/06/2014, 09:59 AM
*dons flame-proof suit* I use powdered milk - bought at Coles or Aldi. Reason is I never got my taste buds around the plastic taste of normal milk. I could tolerate the wax cartons without a problem but when they moved to plastic it (to me) no longer tastes like the milk I grew up with.

The powdered stuff is the only milk that doesn't come with pre-loaded plastic flavours. Although I admit I haven't tried the $3 - $4 a litre stuff.

The powder milk textures very nicely and sweetens at the right temp, and I get about 6L for $6. (I make it a bit stronger than the recommended - it should be 7L) :D

Now I'm going to hide from the rocks and tomatoes. :D
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Post by: Brett H on 06/06/2014, 05:57 PM
*dons flame-proof suit* I use powdered milk - bought at Coles or Aldi. Reason is I never got my taste buds around the plastic taste of normal milk. I could tolerate the wax cartons without a problem but when they moved to plastic it (to me) no longer tastes like the milk I grew up with.

The powdered stuff is the only milk that doesn't come with pre-loaded plastic flavours. Although I admit I haven't tried the $3 - $4 a litre stuff.

The powder milk textures very nicely and sweetens at the right temp, and I get about 6L for $6. (I make it a bit stronger than the recommended - it should be 7L) :D

Now I'm going to hide from the rocks and tomatoes. :D

I find powdered milk very, very sweet.  My mother in-law swears by it but I prefer the ready-made stuff.  Each to their own mate!
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: Journeyman on 06/06/2014, 09:21 PM
*grins* It tastes "sweet" because it tastes like milk. Once upon a time you could get milk from the farm where it was produced. The Govt made that illegal because the big business wanted to control milk. So they made up stuff about diseases (which nobody actually got) so they could make it seem like it had to be controlled.

Now... 40 years later... we have the highest level ever of a disease? illness? syndrome? that was never a problem. Lactose intollerance began to be an issue about the same time the Govt decreed we had to pasteurise and homogenise all milk.

Turns out, if you kill all the enzymes that come with milk, you turn it into a hazardous product.

With all of that, the powdered stuff actually tastes like real milk, while the stuff on the shelves doesn't. YMMV... :D
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: DrCoffee on 01/08/2014, 06:46 PM
Tried Norco Capo milk, which is now being stocked in Coles around Brisbane. Thought it would be a bit gimmicky but it is a great frothing milk for an amateur like me
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: C-man on 02/08/2014, 07:02 AM
Pauls Farmhouse Gold is still the best I have found, Coles sell it

but I am always open to others.
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: Moon on 02/08/2014, 12:51 PM

C-man got me on to Pauls Farmhouse Gold. Compared it to a half a dozen others.

No contest.  Farmhouse Gold for me. 

Cheers C-man :thumb:
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 02/08/2014, 01:22 PM
We now use Paul's Physical ( NO Fat )
Steams up beautifully and tastes like full cream  :thumb:

KK
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: eggbert on 02/08/2014, 01:56 PM
Blue diamond unsweetened vanilla almond milk with a dollop of real cream on the rare occasion I add milk
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: Gouly on 02/08/2014, 06:12 PM
I have been using Pauls Smarter white milk, 2% fat, froths up excellent and tastes fantastic. :thumb:
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: Moon on 03/08/2014, 11:07 AM
Blue diamond unsweetened vanilla almond milk with a dollop of real cream on the rare occasion I add milk

Yum .. sounds like it would be excellent in a malted milk shake using real bananas.
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: Gouly on 03/08/2014, 04:35 PM
Malted milkshake and fresh bananas sounds yummy.
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: beanroy on 19/11/2014, 08:08 PM
Usually milk expands when it is frozen. Before freezing it you should remove about one cup of milk from a gallon container prior to freezing. Otherwise, the container may split open as it expands. It is recommended to freeze milk for only 3 to 6 months. There will be difference in consistency due to freezing while there is no change in taste.
Title: what milk are you using?
Post by: GeekKopi on 26/05/2015, 10:28 PM
I have a no skim, no soy, no almond policy in my house. The only milk served up is Sungold Jersey. The wife and I find that for our taste it's the tastiest of many we have tried.

It microfoams great too and makes 'trying' to pour latte art a bit easier.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 27/05/2015, 10:26 AM
Pura Tone here, it foams well and I like the taste. I would love to go full cream but I have to watch the calories you know  ^-^.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 27/05/2015, 01:32 PM
Ive been using the Farmers Own brand unhomoginised Otway ranges milk found in Woolworths supermarkets (in Victoria) its only $3.90 for 2lts which is bloody cheap compared to the organic and A2 stuff that I normally drink and its bloody delicious!
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 28/05/2015, 04:22 PM
*correction* 3lts for $5.20 = win!
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Dry bean. on 28/05/2015, 06:14 PM
I don't use milk in coffee, however Heather does, her preference is for Foodland reduced fat, approx $2.50 for 2 litres, seems to steam just fine, however does seem to deteriorate a bit for a period during the summer months when the cows are being fed more dry feed. :)
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: GeekKopi on 28/05/2015, 07:04 PM
Ive been using the Farmers Own brand unhomoginised Otway ranges milk found in Woolworths supermarkets (in Victoria) its only $3.90 for 2lts which is bloody cheap compared to the organic and A2 stuff that I normally drink and its bloody delicious!

Ive tried that milk a couple times and never got into it with coffee but it is a very nice milk.
A few times I bought it the fat was very separated that it looked like yoghurt. it didn't smell off though but I didn't buy any more.

The Sungold Jersey I get from the IGA around the corner costs $3.60 for 2L so pretty happy with that.
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: BP on 24/02/2016, 06:11 PM
Hi there
Living in Vietnam now shortens the milk choices (for those not knowing BP).  I do love my latte so there is always milk in the fridge or.... yes, in the cupboard.  UTH is widely available here and I reckon it works a treat.  I usually buy Devondale or a Kiwi brand.  I never run out and steaming qualities are fine too.  I have bought imported fresh full cream milk and I will buy local Viet fresh milk if its around (not always though). 

So I would vote for UTH as an option, it is a practical choice-).

BP
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Brett H on 24/02/2016, 07:26 PM
I couldn't agree more mate.  My only complaint is that some UHT brands are a bit sweet for my tastes!
Title: Re: what milk are you using?
Post by: Lacehim on 24/02/2016, 10:04 PM
UHT works fine, and they even have barista UHT milk in the supermarket but i'm not sure how that differs to regular UHT milk.