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What is Soy Milk?
Soy milk is a very popular dairy-free milk alternative. The recent rise in veganism means that it is readily available in most food stores and its high-protein content makes it a very popular choice for vegans and anyone with lactose intolerance.
Soy milk can, however, be a little divisive. Its main ingredient is the soybean, which means that the flavor is fairly beany.
However, coffee has its own strong flavor, which means soy milk coffee has a more balanced flavor without any strong bean notes.
Can You Froth Soy Milk?
Many of our favorite coffee house drinks feature foamed milk. If you’ve got a coffee machine with a steamer or a stand-alone milk frother that also warms milk, then things like lattes and cappuccinos are easy to recreate at home.
But does a soy milk latte work? Not all dairy-free kinds of milk froth or foam, forcing you to enjoy your latte with warm, watery milk.
The good news is, soy milk is a popular choice in coffee houses because it does foam up well, with a little practice.
Soy milk has a lower fat content than cow's milk, which means it’s more sensitive to heat and you have to be a little more careful, but you absolutely can learn how to make a soy latte like Starbucks, topped with creamy, thick soy milk. Here are some tips to help you:
- Start with fresh, refrigerated soy milk and give it a good shake.
- Heat very carefully to avoid the milk splitting.
- Pour slowly into your coffee, so it hits the hot espresso gradually and the foamed consistency is maintained.
How to Make a Vanilla Latte with Soy Milk
If you prefer a vanilla soy latte Starbucks style, it’s incredibly easy to make a vanilla latte at home using the same equipment.
For a vanilla soy latte simply stir two tablespoons of vanilla syrup into your espresso before adding the foamed milk.
If you want a stronger vanilla flavor, add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract to your soy milk before foaming.
How to Make Coffee with Soya Milk
To make a simple soy coffee, simply add a splash of soy milk to your favorite strong coffee.
For a soy latte first, brew a double shot of your favorite espresso and pour it into a large mug.
Next, use the steamer on your machine or a standalone frother to foam your soy milk very slowly and carefully.
Pour the warmed milk onto the espresso slowly, from as close as you can get to the surface, using a spoon to retain the thicker froth as you pour.
Spoon this thick froth onto the top of your latte.
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