ohhh sounds good, I love a good Latte. Will have to try...
I just used A2 milk for the first time and wow what a smooth dense velvety microfoam it produced. I am not sure if it was fluke as I only made one latte, but I was very impressed. Hoping tomorrow mornings latte is as luscious!! I have been avoiding A2 because it is more expensive but curiosity got the better of me. Now it will be hard to resist the temptation to keep buying it.
ohhh sounds good, I love a good Latte. Will have to try...
Could be a lack of the permeate in a lot of cheap milks.
Im using A2 all the time. Had great results with my Gaggia Classic. Im just struggling now a bit with my new machine. I ordered a 2 hole tip wand yesterday to replace the 4 hole one to make it a bit easier on me...
I use A2 milk on my home machine and ive never made bad milk with it.
It is really expensive at more than double the cost of the cheap milks and still quite a bit more expensive than the next level down, but the way I see it, if youre going to buy expensive freshly roasted coffee, and then extract espresso on an expensive home machine, why ruin what could be an amazing coffee by adding cheap nasty milk!
A2 milk all the way for me, and for any family/guests who happen to drop by for a coffee.
I like Farmhouse Extra Creamy :)
Since the supermarkets introduced their super cheap house brand milks I have noticed a lot of the big brands quality has dropped - except A2. Had some funky tasting milks that were still well in date from Pauls and Dairy Farmers. Not a spoiled taste, but not a great taste either. They still texture OK though. The conspiracy theorist in me thinks they may have upped the permeates to offset the losses they are making thanks to the supermarket brands being so cheap.
And the conspiracy theorist in me suspects that the supermarkets might just have accidentally left the competitor milk out of the fridge a little while longer when it was delivered. :POriginally Posted by 4247484F434A0B554748260 link=1291703315/6#6 date=1309588392
Higher protien levels in this milk aid with better milk texture.Originally Posted by 60555E5E496F675159445543300 link=1291703315/0#0 date=1291703315
Yeah I have been buying just about every milk out there lately to try, the A2 is interesting, it will texture with ease and gives a nice result, taste is where Im a little up in the air on it, seems light on flavor somehow, though still nice.
What gets me is the colour, not sure if anyone else has noticed, but its like whiter than white, many milks looks thin white, or only just off white, to some of the expensive other brands that look almost yellow in comparison, but the A2 look like thick white paint.
Having said all that, the yellowish milk I mentioned, is Maleny Dairies Gurnsy milk, which is expensive, but not as expensive as the A2 (which is borderline nuts), though the Maleny milk tastes superb, but is a little harder to get smooth.
There are a lot of people who happily pay ~$2.20/L for lactose free or Soy milk (myself included), so when I have guests, supplying them with A2 doesnt make me even bat an eyelid. Its just relative to what people are used to, not what is reasonable.Originally Posted by 6C475D46415E2E0 link=1291703315/9#9 date=1309972458
tried A2 today due to always having the slightest slushy gut feeling. Accidentally got light but it still does okay microfoam. It produces a layer of big bubbles on the top but that could be technique..
out of curiosity, how do you make cappuccino foam? I can only get latte foam.
Am curious...are people using the full cream A2 or the lite? I am using both (I like full cream and OH likes the lite version) and seem to be getting more consistent results with the lite version. Both offer a great taste but the microfoam with the lite seems more consistent-unless its just technique?
Ive used both and found the full cream to be way too rich. Texturally its wonderful, but it is just far too creamy and overshadows the coffee IMO.Originally Posted by 0B3C2B2B282A3C25252C2778490 link=1291703315/12#12 date=1310039256
The lite is just as good for texturing, and tastes perfect for my palate, and it still extremely creamy. None of my guests who normally drink full cream have ever mentioned it being watery.
this. I HATE lite milk with a passion. I mentioned I bought the lite by accident. I didnt even notice until I was reading the label one day. Its fantastic. My bubbles must be technique or equipment failure.Originally Posted by 243B39233A2F38392E560 link=1291703315/13#13 date=1310039389
I always buy the full cream and I have no trouble texturing it in my experience. Havent tried the lite.
I have always found the organic milks to texture the best. But now I am curious to try the A2 milk.
I went to CostCo on the weekend and was stoked to see them selling A2 - $3.70 for 2 litres. :D
Unfortunately if you dont already shop there its $60 per annum for the membership >:(
Looks like Ill have to try A2.
By process of elimination - through experiencing some awful taste and smell I couldnt put my finger on, and terrible micro-foam - I have been going through milks and have come across Pauls Parmalat Pure Organic Lite or Full, and it was the best milk Ive used to date. Easy to texture, dense and no funky taste!
From some research that others appear to have done here, permeate is the culprit for that awful taste.
A2, Pauls Parmalat Organic and Pauls Farmhouse Gold are a few Ive found that dont have permeate added.
yet another vote for A2, sensational.
If by cap you mean you want frothy white unstained foam on top, this is easy enough.Originally Posted by 6166756671626466686A6D64030 link=1291703315/11#11 date=1310028180
a. Let the milk separate (split) before pouring.
b. Let the milk split more by spinning it less.
If youre having trouble with the amount of foam, its not easy to get the 1/3 foam quantity in a domestic machine (at least the cheaper ones) and it also depends very much on the milk. I can usually get an inch of creamy microfoam on my lattes after they separate in the glass, but with some milk I can only get 0.5 cm. I try to go for less than an inch though. Just keep lowering the wand while trying not to get too many gulps in (which will produce the larger bubbles).