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barista’s own frothing milk (& a hot choc recipe)

August 14, 2012

Ever since I gave up that heavenly drink that is coffee some 8 or so years ago, I’ve been known to stand and stare forlornly at the machine that adorns our kitchen counter.

Black, sleek, nice smelling.

It churns out cup after tiny cup of darkly potent brew, topped with the most deliciously creamy froth.

So, to make up for my inability to consume hot, caffeinated beverages, I started drinking my own combinations of milk and flavour. Sometimes chai. Sometimes chocolate. Sometimes even chocolate and chai together.

I’m a little bit groundbreaking like that. Ha!

Over time I developed my own favourite mix. Nothing fancy, always warming.

Problem being, to make it, you need fluffy, creamy, smooth, frothy milk. Oh, and it has to be hot.

A little while ago, I was contacted to see if I’d be interested in taking Devondale’s brand new “Barista’s Own Frothing Milk” for a road test, sponsored by Nuffnang. It seemed like a fun thing to do, making mugs of hot chocolate for *ahem* research purposes *ahem* so I jumped right in, buoyed by the knowledge that (like all the milk I buy), Devondale milks are 100% milk made and sold with the interests of Australian dairy farmers in mind.

(For those who like specifics, all Devondale dairy farmers are shareholders of the co-operative that sells their milk and have the ability to elect their own directors.)

 

But what would a road test be without a bit of good old fashioned competition?

(And I’m not just talking about the milk, check out the bottom of this post to see what you could win… ooh! Prizes!)

I picked a readily available, full cream mystery milk as the competitor, it being the milk most regularly purchased by my family for frothing purposes (and, well, almost all other purposes too).

After a short hunt at my local supermarket, I found the Devondale milk in (surprisingly) the UHT and long life section of the supermarket.

Both milks came in a 1 litre size, but with a marked price difference. The Barista’s Own (on sale, mind you) set me back a total of $1.30 whilst the mystery milk came to $2.24 at the register.

My first test was a simple frothing test. I measured out 150ml of each of the milks and steamed them until they would froth no more.

Surprisingly, the Devondale milk steamed quicker and created a higher level of froth than the mystery milk. The bubbles were nice and even, and the milk stayed creamy underneath. Left for a while, the bubbles retained their form, but collapsed easily under the pressure of a spoon.

The mystery milk took a while longer to start frothing, and when it did, produced some large and some small bubbles meaning the mouthfeel wasn’t quite as creamy as the larger bubbles popped mid-sip. Left alone, the bubbles dissipated more quickly than the Devondale milk.

L: Devondale’s Barista’s Own / R: Mystery Milk

My second test (and the one I enjoyed the most) was to make two identical glasses of my favourite hot chocolate recipe (if you could call it a recipe, it’s that simple).

The recipe involves mixing cocoa powder and sugar with hot milk before pouring the remaining froth on top.

Apart from testing the height and creaminess of the bubbles, I wanted to see if using the Devondale Barista’s Own milk (with it’s long life shelf status) would affect the flavour of my drink.

L: Mystery Milk / R: Devondale’s Barista’s Own

This time around, the mystery milk frothed up a treat, but when I came to drink it, the bubbles on top were quite cool, stiff and cloud like, piled on top of the drink rather than forming a part of it. I’m pretty used to drinking my hot chocolates this way so it didn’t worry me at all.

The Devondale Barista’s Own, however, kept its lovely creamy bubbles and, as you can see in the picture, the bubbles actually blended into the drink rather that sitting on top of it, making for a smoother sip all up. And the best bit, I couldn’t detect any flavour difference between them at all.

shez’s everyday hot chocolate

you will need (per cup):

1tbsp cocoa powder
2tsp raw sugar
200ml milk

how to do it:

1. Mix the cocoa powder and sugar in a glass.

2. Steam your milk until there is a nice head of froth on top.

3. Using a spoon to keep the froth in the steaming vessel, pour the hot milk over the cocoa mix and stir to combine. Top with the froth from the jug.

4. Drink away!!

L: Devondale’s Barista’s Own / R: Mystery Milk

win a set of six espresso cups

I’ll be writing up a series of posts thanks to Devondale Barista’s Own milk and to celebrate, you could win a set of orange espresso cups and saucers by Espresso Italia. There are six cups per set and the value of the prize is $40 per set.

To win a set, all you need to do is finish off the following sentence by leaving your answer in the comments:

“Shez likes her drinks hot and steamy, but I like mine…”

This competition will close on Tuesday 21st August 2012 at 5:00pm (EST) with the winner judged by the lovely folk at Nuffnang!

To read the terms and conditions for this competition, please click here.

Update: congratulations to Tina who has won the cups! Hooray!

win a Phillips Saeco Syntia Class Automatic Espresso Machine

One lucky reader from either this blog or one of the other five blogs taking part in the Barista’s Own sponsored series will win a Phillips Saeco Syntia Class Automatic Espresso Machine valued at $1,499.00 so they can make their own hot and steamy drinks. (So for extra entries, make sure you enter here at onebitemore every week, as well as on each of the other blogs!)

To read the terms and conditions for this competition, please click here.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Devondale Barista’s Own Milk, arranged by Nuffnang Australia. The contents of this post are the opinion of the author (Shez) and have not been dictated or influenced by the sponsor. To see Nuffnang’s policy on sponsored posts, please click here. 

 


  • #1
    August 15th, 2012

    Shez likes her drinks hot and steamy, but I like mine as quick as you can give them to me!

  • #2
    August 15th, 2012

    Shez likes her drinks hot and steamy
    but I like mine smooth and creamy 😉
    I love it when it’s dreamy,
    and healthy like matcha green tea
    I also love the occasional coffee,
    Cappucino and Caramel latte really pleases me,
    I rarely like to drink anything icey,
    But if I’d have to chose, it’d better be a salted caramel smoothie!
    And sometimes I like to mix lemon and honey,
    So it’s sweet and sour but not too sugary,
    But I also love mine all chocolate-y,
    Yay, heaps of great drinks just for ME!

  • #3
    August 15th, 2012

    I’m a little biased as I quite like Devondale’s longlife milk range – their semi-skim has actually replaced my household’s purchasing of fresh milk over the past couple of years, and seems to stay fresh for longer once opened as well.

  • #4
    August 17th, 2012

    Shez likes her drinks hot and steamy, but like mine insanely rich and chocolatey!

    Your hot chocolate looks absolutely divine (:

  • #5
    August 18th, 2012

    I just can’t do the switch to UTH/longlife packaged milk. I am old fashioned and milk should be fresh in the dairy cabinet. Plus I know the boys turn their noses up at it. Now saying that, my 70 year old mother buys the Devondale long life skim milk, and I am sure she is more old fashioned than me :p

  • #6
    Elton Lau
    August 20th, 2012

    Shez likes her drinks hot and steamy,
    but I like mine cold and frothy,
    especially with a hint of toffee!
    caffeine makes me act all carefree,
    my wife will think that I’ve gone crazy,
    with Barista’s Own in my coffee,
    makes me want to do the boogie!

  • #7
    Jess D
    August 21st, 2012

    Shez likes her drinks hot and steamy, but I like mine with Shez, she’s dreamy.

  • #8
    koji
    August 21st, 2012

    shez likes her drinks hot and steamy
    but I like mine in free cups

  • #9
    Bigbite
    August 21st, 2012

    “Shez likes her drinks hot and steamy, but I like mine…”
    presented and brewed consistently at the press of a button! Dear, can I have my coffee, please?

Shez