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The Newest Trend Sweeping Coffee Shops

Move aside, almond milk. There is another plant-based milk nearby — and it's sprouting up at coffee shops all around the US. Oat milk, prevalently promoted by the Swedish brand Oatly, is growing strong across the coffee industry nationwide.  In fact, some shops have ousted other dairy-free milks, like soy and almond, for the oat-based option, which is rapidly making a fan base for the item.

The sustainability factor is one that many coffee shop owners point to as a noteworthy selling point, especially when comparing oat milk to almond milk. It takes significantly more than a gallon of water to grow a single almond, or almost 2,000 gallons of water to deliver one pound of almonds. (By comparison, 300 gallons of water is required to grow a pound of oats.) With dry season stricken California growing the larger part of the nation's almond supply, this shows an issue — and has made almonds into an expensive item.

Most almond milk makers won't answer questions regarding to the number of almonds utilized to produce their milk. Be that as it may, high almond prices have led to manufactures watering down their milks, and relying on thickening agents like carrageenan and emulsifiers like lecithin.

Oat milk, on the other hand, is derived from a humble and inexpensive ingredient — the oat.

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