Whether it’s the mochachino that gets you moving first thing in the morning or the leisurely sipped latte in the evening, coffee is only made tastier by the addition of milk. Pouring in some of the lovey white stuff tends to make the coffee less likely to cause acidity and also tempers the bitterness a bit. But which kind is the best option? How does one decide if the better choice is skim, toned, half-and-half, or simply full fat?

We decided to do the groundwork and figured out how to make it easier to choose the milk that will best match your nutritional needs without sacrificing flavor. Here are a few guidelines to assist you in picking the perfect dairy milk for your coffee:

The 3 Kinds Of Milk:

  1. Whole milk: The most commonly found variety of milk in coffee shops, cafés and restaurants, whole milk will help you achieve that ideal balance when it comes to taste and texture. However, even though it’s delicious, it is also high in calories so if you’re trying to maintain or lose weight, think about limiting it to one cup of coffee with whole milk, per day.
  2. Skim or reduced-fat milk: This kind of milk has had the fat removed from it as soon as it is collected from the cows, and has very little to no fat at all. Funnily enough, this makes the milk taste sweeter and will not coat the tongue. When steamed, it tends to result in a dry and dense head of foam compared to other milk varieties, which means it won’t interfere with the taste of an espresso. When added to a regularly brewed coffee, it will turn it sweeter but the resulting color might be almost gray.
  3. Half-and-half milk: This is actually a kind of cream variant but let’s not get picky, shall we? It is the least fat-laden of all kinds of cream when compared to light cream, heavy cream or even whipped cream. Use with drip coffee, but in very small amounts or you might gag on the sweetness.

Tips To Keep In Mind:

  1. If you’re pondering whether to buy organic or go for the store-bought stuff, remember that larger dairies that use centralized processing plants also tend to be more organized and consistent in their milk quality. Organic, smaller farms tend to monitor their cows’ diets more closely and give them more of their natural diet (grass) as well as plenty of exercise compared to factory-farmed cattle.
  2. Always choose fresh milk for flavor and health reasons, as it will tend to taste funky and also have more bacteria and other microorganisms as it gets older. Check the expiration dates before purchasing and don’t drink milk that’s been opened and sitting in your fridge for a long time.

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.