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    Best, readily available domestic milk in Melbourne

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    Hi everyone, I joined CS to find out what sort of milk I should be buying to make the best coffees at home.

    Ive asked at heaps of places if they can get me restaurant/cafe coffee milk but they tell me that it is not available in small quantities.

    Looking through the various posts in this part of the site, Im by no means convinced that people are buying coffee milk but are just findng the best common or garden stuff on the supermarket shelves.

    So, am I looking for the wrong milk? If so, what is the best milk to buy? Im in Windsor/Prahran so I have the usual choices: Pauls/Pura/Rev and so on.

    Any help appreciated.

    Matt

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    Re: Best, readily available domestic milk in Melbourne

    A vote for Farmhouse Milk, approx $1.90 / ltr from Safeway/Coles. I saw it in use by one of the sites sponsors - so if its good enough for them then .....

    Incidently its reviewed in this mornings Age.

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    Re: Best, readily available domestic milk in Melbourne

    As so often happens, I think Ive answered my own question. I asked the fellow outside the County Court building, who makes a pretty good coffee, and he uses Dairy Farmers Lite White. Lucky for me the local Vietnamese grocer sells this stuff.

    I tried it tonight and yep, its the business.

    Will try Farmhouse Milk though, thanks Chipper.

    Matt

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    Re: Best, readily available domestic milk in Melbourne

    Keep trying different brands, Dairy Farmers is just a mass produced product and so doubt that it is the "best" cant give you any pointers but try different brands that are about and find what works for you.

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    Re: Best, readily available domestic milk in Melbourne

    Currently on Bi-Lo supermarket shelves... Parmalat pure organic homogenised full cream milk, and A2.

    Awesome stability with both, great for learning latte art, and consistency through the dry spell where most of the standard supermarket brands turned into thin dishwashing foam. Some of the standard supermarket brands are getting better again, but its a bit hit and miss.

    Quality milk provides a fine dense microfoam that stays well distributed for longer. Lesser quality milk provides larger, less dense, easily popped microfoam bubbles. And unfortunately, price is not always an indicator, so its a matter of trying each.

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    Re: Best, readily available domestic milk in Melbourne

    Aldi Organic. There was a thread on it a while ago; very easy to foam (so easy I can almost manage it ;D )

    Farmhouse when the Aldi is unavailable (which it quite often is)

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    Re: Best, readily available domestic milk in Melbourne

    there are tones of threads on milk try searching.

    but in the ed its up to you, try each one i find many full cream ones good.

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    Re: Best, readily available domestic milk in Melbourne

    If you want cafe milk go to a cafe you really like the milk of and see ask if you can purchase some from them on a regular basis.

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    Re: Best, readily available domestic milk in Melbourne

    Given Farm House a go? Use it at work and is consistent. The only problem with this milk is that it can overpower some of the more milder blends of coffee because of the added butterfat.

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    Re: Best, readily available domestic milk in Melbourne

    Hi guys... the thing to remember is that different tastes buds prefer different tastes...

    We did some serious milk testing 10 months ago..... the company we chose to analyse was Parmalat... we went through six products from their range ...a tasting panel of 20 people, including their national manager and state manager....

    The blind tastings where done with cold milk only (no coffee), texture (frothed) milk at 60 degrees (no coffee) and finally with coffee (latte... milk at 60 degrees)...

    The results.... amazing..... ready for it...

    Zymol (lactose free) ranked number one in all categories.... smart white second, full cream third, skim fourth and trim fifth... their organic came in last..... these results where not only amazing but very useful for us at Di Bella.. but more importantly for Parmalat for it is after this that they started to really push Zymol as some of you might notice on television, print media, radio etc....

    Goes to show that perception can be deceptive.... a blind tasting in three categories with six milks... and lactose free comes out the favourite by 20 people in all three categories....

    Hope this is useful for coffee snobers.....

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    Re: Best, readily available domestic milk in Melbourne

    Just another vote for the stability of a2 milk. Been very impressed with it (but I am in Sydney).

    you dont say whether youre after a light or full-cream milk? Personally, Id be narked if someone gave me one when I was expecting the other.



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