[Homeroast] Coffee and milk

Robert Yoder robotyonder at hotmail.com
Sat Oct 9 01:56:25 CDT 2010

Hi MiKe, and all,
Years ago, when I did the Oakland-SF Bay Bridge Commute in prime time, I started with a decent "Cafe Au Lait" as offered by one of the more precious Berkeley Locations.  I became convinced that the presence of the milk (I always asked for low-fat) calmed the caffeine uptake curve, as well as making the fall-off less precipitous.  Thus the benefit of the caffeine was extended and less abrupt at onset and offset. 
That's my story, and I'm sticking with it.
Happy Roasting,
robert yoder
> From: mcKona at comcast.net
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2010 13:34:17 -0700
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Coffee and milk
> To each their own. Culinary arts of all forms is about flavor and balance.
> Generally speaking the higher the quality and more natural the ingredients
> the better the "possible" flavors. A huge part of the art is flavor balance.
> Whole milk is basically "all of the milk" (with a constant butter fat
> averaged rather than varying as it really does in nature) in a modern
> pasteurized "you don't have to shake the milk to mix in the cream floating
> on top" kind of way. Skim milk is the watery portion left when all of the
> cream is skimmed off the top, just a portion of what nature intended as it
> left the udder. It has little flavor and hence works poorly in most culinary
> arts.
> I don't drink lattes of any size because to my palate they are out of
> balance with milk eclipsing the coffee too much. They're more a steamed milk
> beverage flavored with espresso not espresso enhanced with milk. Same can be
> said for most people's renditions of an au-lait, too much milk to coffee. On
> the other hand a well made cappuccino is a beverage in "harmonious balance
> of espresso, steamed and micro-foamed milk". Yet even a cappuccino is a
> relatively rare beverage of consumption for me, maybe one or two a week,
> usually preferring the totally unadulterate form of the "bean" in it's
> various brewed forms. Yet there are many ways to prepare and consume most
> primary ingredients be it coffee or whatever. Is there only one way to
> prepare an egg or a cut of beef?
> Want to try something really decadant Bryan & I discovered about 1am this
> morning? (It was Bry's idea my execution, towards the tail end of a Compass
> Coffee new starting this last weekend "central bakery division" session
> which now supplies our 3 coffeehouses from the Roastery location) Pour
> approx' one ounce cold heaving whipping cream into 3oz macchiato demi, pull
> double shot directly on top of cream. Do not stir, consume immediately. The
> hot extreme of the bean floating atop the cold extreme of the cow in an
> unusual and quite surprisingly remarkable way. I drank mine in my usual
> straight shot method one sip, two sip, down and gone while Bry in one and
> done. Not sure what to call it yet but it might be illegal in most States.
> No it won't be replacing my primary straight shot coffee beverage, but it
> will join my repertory.
> Indeed you can mix more skim milk with coffee brewed any form and have the
> milk have less impact on the flavor of the resulting beverage. Of course,
> skim milk has little flavor to begin with. But IMO the flavor quality of
> whatever the beverage being made would be superior if using less milk with
> more flavor in balance. Why America has such a penchant for huge oversized
> beverages is beyond me. Drink less, taste and enjoy it more.
> Slave to the Bean miKe mcKoffee
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