More Australians than ever before are choosing plant milk over dairy, but there’s one in particular that’s fast becoming the new favourite for coffee – oat milk. With this in mind, Toby’s Estate has teamed up with Califia Farms to offer oat milk to its café customers nationwide.
“With compelling health, ethical and environmental benefits it’s no wonder more people are turning to plant-based diets. When it comes to coffee, they’re now looking for more options than just soy and almond and so we knew we had to listen to our customers,” said Jody Leslie, Toby’s Estate general manager.
After a launch in the US, Califia Farms recently launched its new Oat Barista Blend in Australia and now Toby’s Estate is the first specialty coffee roaster who will soon be distributing it to its café network across Australia, starting with NSW.
“We found the perfect product in Califia Farms Oat Barista Blend because it’s so creamy and delicious, yet importantly doesn’t overtake the flavour of our coffee. It’s ideal for baristas too because it’s easy to stretch, has a smooth pour and it doesn’t split. It is very close to how full fat milk performs,” added Leslie.
According to Dan Kaplan, national business manager for Califia Farms Australia, in the US oat milk is the number two dairy alternative in coffee shops after almond milk and it looks like Australia is headed in the same direction.
“Oat milk is not only dairy free and not a nut milk, but it’s free from soy and made from a sustainable grain, which makes it a very appealing option for consumers,” said Kaplan.
Califia’s Oat Barista Blend is made from whole rolled oats and is unsweetened with no added sugar, gums, dairy or soy. It also has half the amount of natural sugar than other oat milk brands.