Almost 65% of the global population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy. So the popularity of dairy-free milk replacements is no surprise. These alternatives have found their way into national and international coffee shops like Costa, Starbucks and Pret a Manger. There’s never been a better time to go milk-free. But these chains won’t just use ordinary oat milk. If you’ve had an oat milk cappuccino or flat white in a coffee shop, chances are you’ve had Oatly Barista or another barista-friendly version.
So what’s the difference between those products and a regular oat milk? Is it worth having Oatly Barista or regular Oatly at home? But first, let’s bring you up to speed with this tasty milk alternative.
A brief history of Oatly
The popular oat-based beverage originated in Sweden and was invented by Dr Rickard Öste and his brother, Bjorn in the early 1990s. They believed that they could create a sustainable milk alternative using one of Sweden’s most plentiful grains, oats. Though Sweden had a high milk consumption rate, the brothers knew that there was an opportunity.
Now, Oatly is found in over 20 countries around the world. And the whole category is riding a wave of popularity. It’s likely that oat milk will replace almond milk as the most popular milk substitute.
Would it be bizarre to think that oat milk could even completely replace dairy milk in the future?
Why is oat milk so popular?
Oat milk is a popular milk alternative for people that are lactose-intolerant, but it’s also loved by the vegan community, in 2021 a record 582,000 people in 208 countries took part in Veganuary. It’s also one of the most environmentally sustainable milk-replacement products. Oats require much less water than almonds to grow.
It’s a tasty alternative for anyone with a nut allergy too.
Oatly Barista vs ordinary oat milk
Coffee Baristas have very specific requirements when it comes to milks for coffee. Fat in the milk helps create the velvety froth that makes cappuccinos, lattes and flat whites so irresistible.
And so Oatly Barista is specially formulated to help frothing with the addition of slightly more vegetable oil than usual (3% fat versus 2% for regular). That’s the only real difference between Oatly Barista and ordinary oat milk.
So, what makes Oatly Barista so good in coffee?
Simply put, the additional rapeseed oil makes it taste creamier and more close to dairy milk. It won’t split when you pour it in cold, and if you’re lucky enough to have a milk frother at home, you could even get creative with some latte art.
So now you know why Oatly Barista is the king of alternative milks, it's time to learn how to use it. Check out our guide to on how to perfect your coffee at home with Oatly Barista.