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The CowculatorIt’s time people. For the second installment of our series on milk, we give you “The Cowculator”. The Cowculator figures out the precise breakdown of coffee, fat, protein and sugar in your milky drinks. You can use it for both drip/filter and espresso based coffees, and it’ll adapt to any type of milk. I’m always a fan of gathering numbers and data about the drinks I serve. The more data you have, the better you can understand and optimise. With a little experimentation, the Cowculator can help you:
- make decisions about which milk to buy
- optimise your espresso recipe for more/less coffee flavour
- learn about the diluting/concentrating relationship of milk and foam
- achieve consistency in flavour across different cup sizes
- How much liquid coffee is in the cup, in grams.
- How strong that coffee is (tips for those without a refractometer below).
- How much milk in is in the drink, in grams.
- The amount of fat, sugar and protein in your milk, found on the nutritional information label. (Make sure you’re reading from ‘g/100ml’, not the ‘per serve’ column).
- Tare/zero your cup on a set of scales.
- Pour the coffee in and note its weight.
- Tare/zero the cup and coffee.
- Pour the milk in and take note of its weight.