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Coconut Milk Latte?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

So my roomate just got a latte machine for our apartment, and I have to say, I tried it (with some whole milk, yes...) and I loved it! On my way to work this morning I was wondering if anyone has steamed coconut milk for their latte. It would make for a nice alternative to the typical coffee and coconut milk in the morning. And does anyone have their own paleo coffee or latte recipe that they use? Thanks!

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on July 13, 2012
at 12:15 PM

Thanks! That was my big concern, was that I had heard of milk and soy milk lattes but I didn't know if coconut milk would foam. Just made one this morning and it was awesome!

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on July 13, 2012
at 12:25 AM

I concur. Skim milk would always make the best foam. But.... blech!

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on July 12, 2012
at 03:24 PM

I use coconut milk in my coffee/espresso at home all of the time. It's wonderful! My suggestion is to place the can/cans of coconut milk in a large bowl of warm/hot water for 15 minutes or more, shake well, and then decant into a glass container for storage in the fridge. This step helps to "homogenize" the milk so you wont experience the "floaters" that you might get if you simply pour the milk from the can into your coffee. Also I don't know your espresso set-up but I use an nespresso aeroccino to heat and foam my milk and it does such a great job it has convinced many of my non-dairy drinking family and friends to follow the same procedure.

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on July 12, 2012
at 08:22 PM

From my experience as a barista back in college, the higher the fat content, the harder it is to get a foam - but it is possible! Atkins was going crazy at the time and tons of people would order heavy cream or half and half lattes. The trick is to start with the steam wand down at the bottom at first, let the temperature rise to about 100 F (if you have thermometer) and then slowly bring it up to the top of the coconut milk, allowing the steamy part to dip in and out of the top of the foam. Of course, the higher the fat content, the harder to foam and the faster to heat! Luckily, I don't think you can scald coconut milk like dairy milk, but you can burn your mouth! Good luck and have fun with the espresso machine!

A2e73b869061fc20067e4ef8f26f83f0

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on July 13, 2012
at 12:25 AM

I concur. Skim milk would always make the best foam. But.... blech!

A7e67ce8d8ff86449913488199b4ac11

(55)

on July 13, 2012
at 12:15 PM

Thanks! That was my big concern, was that I had heard of milk and soy milk lattes but I didn't know if coconut milk would foam. Just made one this morning and it was awesome!

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on July 12, 2012
at 07:59 PM

I use coconut everyday as well. While I believe it does not foam quite the same as dairy, it adds a great nutty flavor that I love. Throw in some cardamom for a spicy coconut latte!

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on February 05, 2013
at 09:11 PM

I do it all the time. Buy a can of coconut milk, water it down by half(fill up the empty can with the same amount of water) put it in a mason jar in your fridge. Shake it up before you use it. Foam as you would regular milk. It doesnt get quite as foamy as dairy but with practice it's pretty close! I love the coconut flavor in my coffee. :)

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on January 26, 2013
at 12:54 PM

Just tried this myself in a home made latte. Canned coconut milk worked great, but the half gallon I bought at trader joes did not. I assume it must be watered down, and has no sugar to Carmelize when steamed.

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