Editor’s Note: Camel milk is no longer available at Taylor St Baristas.
Would you like one hump or two? Teaming up with coffee chain Taylor St Baristas, UAE-based camel milk producers Camelicious are now offering ‘Camelattes’ to daring coffee aficionados in London, UK.
Camel milk actually isn’t as out-there as you might first think. In the United Arab Emirates, Mauritania and Saudi Arabia, the native camel copes much better to the hot, dry climate than other dairy animals such as cows for example, and their milk has been used for millennia by the Arabic Bedouin people.
With up to 50% less fat than in cow’s milk – at 1.8-2% in its raw state without skimming – and a lower lactose content, camel milk is not only healthier but a real dairy alternative for those with intolerances. Not only that, it contains much more vitamin C and iron than cow’s milk, making it a real nutritious option rather than just a coffee fad.
Dubai-based cafe franchise Cafe2Go first began promoting a fresh camel milk-based menu in 2011, with the intention of offering a modernised take on traditional Emirati cuisine and pushing for global recognition of the nutritional benefits of the milk. Taking their lead in 2013, coffee shop chain Costa Coffee became the first international coffee company in the United Arab Emirates to offer a camel milk option on their menu.
Camelicious has been trying to break into the EU market for several years and this new collaboration with Taylor St Baristas, raising money for the fundraising project Farm Africa, has seen their camel milk products gain widespread publicity.
Fancy trying some camel milk in your coffee? Pick up your own Camelatte at a branch of Taylor St Baristas, in locations all over London. If you happen to find yourself in Dubai, look out for Cafe2Go’s original Camelcino, Tealatte or even fresh camel milk gelato at their flagship cafe next to Dubai Mall.