Camel milk is all the rage in UAE coffee shops. Some businesses are adding the cow’s milk alternative to revive Bedouin traditions, some are doing it because of the high demand. Today, the New York Daily News reports that British chain Costa Coffee will begin to offer the milk in its UAE locations. Sounds deloshes. More:

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Customers at the 30 Costa Coffee outlets in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah can now ask baristas to use camel milk in their coffees. To launch the new ingredient, the company has also developed a new Strawberry Camel Milk Cooler, a blend of fresh camel milk, strawberry and vanilla.

Camel milk is ideal for those who are lactose intolerant, contains up to 50 percent less fat than cow’s milk, and is high in vitamin C and calcium, says Costa Coffee. It’s also said to be the closest animal-milk substitute to human mother’s milk.


CNN Out Front host Erin Burnett loves the stuff. In a newcast, Burnett says, “It’s something we’ve been passionate about on this program for a long, long time. Some people say camel’s milk is like a miracle drug.  They say it could help cure autism, diabetes, cancer and even AIDS.” She backs this up with no real evidence, but she said it on CNN nonetheless.

Is camel’s milk really some kind of miracle drug? And how does it do with a lightly roasted coffee’s delicate acidity? Can we expect a raft of camel’s milk signature beverages throughout the 2014 World Barista Championship and assorted national barista championships?

Have you tried a camel’s milk cappuccino? Sound off in our comments below.

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