White Coffee trends

​Are you a White Coffee drinker? If so, what’s your preferred milk based coffee? 

Even though I don’t take milk with my coffee, I’m well aware the majority of Australians do.  This all stems back to our coffee cultures Italian origins, when espresso become a popular beverage. To make it more palatable, steamed milk was added. Much like information pertaining to coffee bean origin being readily available, many cafes now emphasis ‘Grass to Glass’ milk, and can even tell you the breed of cows at the farm their milk is sourced from.  The types of milk people desire varies, from full cream and reduced fat cow’s milk, plant based alternatives like soy and almond, and even the latest craze, camel milk. Several cafes now allow customers to BYO milk that suits their dietary requirements, while others have ditched the plant based and skinny option from their menu. This has had repercussion, with many refusing to frequent venues that don’t permit what is seen as a simple freedom of choice. Personally, it doesn’t bother me, but I wonder if it would, if I was a white coffee drinker. How do you feel about these trends? Are you influenced by a cafes choice of milk?


2 thoughts on “White Coffee trends

  1. I’m not too terribly influenced by a cafe’s choice of milk. As long as the drink is tasty, I’ll try just about anything. But when I read the headlines for ‘white coffee,’ my first thought was of Dutch Bros “white coffee.” Not calling coffee with cream and sugar white coffee. So, thank you for the coffee culture lesson as well as the great article.


  2. Freedom of choice is an interesting concept in hospitality, especially as I’ve seen how it changes depending on culture. I’ve seen customers give baristas a stern lecturing when they discover there are no dairy alternatives, as though a business is obligated to cater to every taste or allergen. On the opposite end of that, I’ve seen customers queue up in places with no milk alternatives and accept that the choices offered are the choice of the business (“that’s just how it is”).

    If a cafe chooses to use only dairy, chances are that cafe is located in a community where they can afford to make that decision and has their own reasons for that decision. In that case there would be other options for non-dairy drinkers, so I don’t believe a customer should hold any animosity toward a cafe that chooses not to offer any non-dairy alternative.


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