Some things in life, were just made to go together: Salt and vinegar, fish and chips, bacon and eggs, Penn and Teller, we could literally go on and on. Another fantastic combination we haven’t mentioned just yet however, is the combo of milk and coffee.
Coffee is one of life’s many pleasures, and it is an integral part of many a person’s morning routine before they can wake up and tackle what the day may have in store for them.
While some people enjoy their coffee black, I.E without milk, milk generally is the favoured ingredient to help make this bitter, yet delicious beverage, slightly more palatable.
Some people however, cannot consume dairy. Some people suffer from allergies such as a lactose intolerance, whereas others may not consume dairy for ethical reasons.
This is where dairy alternatives such as soy milk can prove so very useful.
If you’re looking for a dairy alternative to use in your coffee, today we will be looking at whether or not coffee and soy milk are a good match.
When Is Soy Milk For Coffee A Bad Choice?
To begin with, we’re going to start out on a slightly negative note, as we look at some of the disadvantages associated with soy milk, so we can determine whether or not soy milk for coffee is a bad choice or not.
Here’s a look at a few of the disadvantages associated with soy milk:
May cause thyroid issues – If you’ve ever heard people talking about how soy milk can potentially be bad for the thyroid, these people may actually have been talking sense. You see, soy contains very powerful agents which are known as Goitrogens.
These Goitrogens can actually block and prevent the synthesis of thyroid-related hormones in the body, which could result in hypothyroidism and other thyroid-related issues. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that in infants, soy milk consumption could result in autoimmune thyroid disease.
Hormonal disruptions – If you were to recommend that a bodybuilder use soy protein in place of whey protein, they would look at you as if you were insane. You see, soy milk contains plant-based compounds known as phyotoestrogens, which actually disrupt estrogen production and synthesis within the human body.
Too much estrogen can result in drops in natural testosterone production levels, plus it can suppress the metabolism and put you at risk of weight gain. It can even disrupt the normal function of the endocrine system.
Can promote mineral deficiencies – Another danger associated with soy milk is the fact that it can also potentially promote deficiencies of certain minerals in the body.
This is because soy has a high Phytic Acid content, which has been found to reduce the assimilation of minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, and copper. Basically, it means that our bodies cannot utilize these minerals, no matter how many of them we are consuming.
The disadvantages we listed above have only been linked with excessive amounts of soy milk consumption, so a small splash in your coffee first thing in the morning should have no real consequences at all.
With that said however, you need to know how to make coffee with soy milk.
How To Make Coffee With Soy Milk?
Knowing how to make the perfect cup of coffee will not only help to ensure that your beverage is delicious, it will also help ensure that you utilize the soy correctly and avoid it splitting, which it can sometimes do. To make the perfect cup of coffee with soy milk:
Choose a good coffee – Okay, we know that taste is subjective, but generally speaking if you want your coffee to taste great, you will need to choose the best coffee you can find. Avoid cheap and nasty freeze-dried coffees because they taste unpleasant and can take away from the enjoyable coffee-drinking experience. You don’t need to go for expensive gourmet coffee, but at least try to find a coffee with good reviews and feedback.
Use quality water – Water that you get at home may be suitable for drinking, but it isn’t a patch on real mineral water. Drinking water at home is treated with chemicals to make it safe for drinking, and this can affect the taste. When you make your coffee, either use mineral water, or if you are using water from the faucet, make sure you invest in a water filter and filter the water before boiling.
Don’t use boiling water – Too many coffee drinkers make the mistake of using boiling water with their coffee, and then they complain that it is too bitter. If you pour boiling water over the already roasted coffee grounds you are burning them even more, giving them even more of a bitter taste. Once the water has boiled, wait for 45 seconds and then pour the water over the coffee.
Leave to stand for 2 minutes – Before you add your soy milk to your coffee, you will need to leave the coffee to stand for 2 minutes. This will help ensure that all of the taste is extracted from the grounds. Leaving the coffee will also help it to cool down, which is important when adding soy milk.
Add your milk, stir, and enjoy – Now that your coffee has cooled slightly, you can add your soy milk, give it a good stir, and enjoy.
What Does Soy Milk Taste Like In Coffee?
If you’ve been thinking about using soy milk in coffee before, but are not sure how it will taste, hopefully we can now clear that up for you in this section.
First off, soy milk does not taste like dairy milk, so if you have tasted dairy milk before and if you know what it tastes like, you can rest assured that it won’t taste like that.
Does that mean that the taste is unpleasant? Absolutely not.
In fact, many people out there actually prefer the taste of soy milk to dairy. Soy milk has a creamy texture, with a slightly nutty taste. These two qualities lend themselves perfectly to a whole range of different coffee blends and varieties.
Why Does Soy Milk Curdle In Coffee?
If you ask people for advice on using soy milk in coffee, one of the main complaints that people will bring up will be the fact that soy milk often curdles when it is added to coffee.
When people add this alternative to real milk, they find that it splits and curdles, forming thick clumps and lumps that are practically inedible.
But why does soy milk curdle when added to hot coffee, yet regular milk doesn’t? Well, in order to explain, we need to get a little scientific.
Primarily, there are two factors that influence the consistency of soy milk when added to coffee. These are: temperature, and, acidity.
You see, coffee is a lot more acidic than soy milk, and so once it is added it may act as a coagulant, causing the milk to thicken and curdle.
The heat speeds up this process and even slightly cooks it, so that for all intents and purposes, you have tiny lumps of tofu floating in your coffee. The hotter the water is, the less acid is required to cause the curdling to take place.
Does Soy Milk Curdle In Iced Coffee?
Iced coffee beverages are delicious all year long, especially during the summer. If you enjoy the taste of coffee, but hate hot drinks, and iced coffee will go down an absolute treat.
If however, you want that rich and creamy texture associated with iced coffees, but are unable to consume dairy, soy milk may be a great alternative. The question however, is whether or not it will split.
Now, as we mentioned, temperature and acidity cause the curdling process in soy milk and coffee. Iced coffee however, is chilled, so the temperature is extremely low.
Because of the very low temperature of the coffee, it is highly unlikely that the acidity of the coffee will cause the soy to curdle, especially if you follow the advice we’re about to give you in our final section.
How To Stop Soy Milk From Curdling In Coffee?
Right, so the time has come for you to drink your delicious mug of coffee, and you are satisfied that soy milk is your go-to dairy alternative of choice.
Before adding the soy however, you need to ensure that it doesn’t split and curdle, as this will ruin your beverage. So, what can you do?
- Begin by boiling your water and preparing your coffee like we mentioned previously.
- Make sure that you leave the coffee to stand for at least 2 minutes, though some wait even longer. This is very important as the slightly cooler temperature should prevent the curdling.
- Make sure your soy milk is at room temperature, and trickle in a very small amount at a time, stir gently, and repeat until the desired finish has been achieved.
- Enjoy your delicious soy milk coffee