Raw milk lattes served this Friday at Cafe Vita

Buried within a Seattle happenings email I receive daily, I discovered that Cafe Vita will be serving raw milk lattes this Friday at their Capitol Hill location. The lattes are supposed to be Seattle’s first raw-milk caffeine drinks, made with unpasteurized milk from Jersey cows at Vashon Island’s Kurtwood Farms. Strange, strange and stranger was my first reaction. Is it okay to drink raw milk? I thought it was pasteurized for a reason…

With a little searching, I found a number of articles [here, here, here] that chronicled the increasing popularity of raw milk across the nation–the good and bad. Apparently, raw milk is legal to sell in stores throughout California, New York and 26 other states, and a “raw milk black market” exists in the 15 states where it is illegal. [I’m unsure why the other nine states are unaccounted for. ] Some say raw milk is the way to go, for health and flavor benefits. (Pasteurization rids milk of enzymes and good bacteria, and raw milk is supposed to be richer and denser.) And others stated pasteurization, which rids milk of harmful pathogens such as E. coli, salmonella and listeria, keeps us from getting sick. In 1938, before pasteurization was the law, milk caused 25 percent of all outbreaks of food- and water-related sickness. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, after universal pasteurization, this percent fell to less than 1. But still, some Americans scoff at the statistics and drink raw milk daily, without any harm.

Either way, a risk with drinking raw milk still exists, however slight it may be. So, Seattle, what are your thoughts on raw milk? Will you be heading up to Cafe Vita to give it a try? I have to admit, I’m a little more than curious…

Raw Milk Lattes
Fri., 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Cafe Vita Capitol Hill
1005 E. Pike St.

Washington’s Raw Milk Dairies

5 Comments so far

  1. Zee (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    I think that if the people who profess to drink raw milk because it’s “healthier” actually cared about the healthier option, they wouldn’t drink cow’s milk at all. I like cow milk myself, but it’s far from the healthiest choice of food to consume.

  2. John Eddy (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    I’ve got to agree. I mean…. Adult cows don’t drink milk…. Don’t you think that means something?

    But, on the other hand, the raw milk option sounds good and may preempt a visit to Stumptown tomorrow.

  3. nombre (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

    People: if the milk has been properly steamed to make a latte or a cappuccino, then it’s “cooked” and not risky.

  4. Cakespy (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

    Hi, I just went to Vita to try one out and was told that they were shut down on the first day–apparently the department of Health didn’t agree that raw milk is OK to be served “prepared” in lattes!

    Oh well, guess I will just have to buy some at Madison Market and try it myself at home!

  5. Richard (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    I’ve been making my own raw milk lattes every morning for several months. It is WAAAYY better than anything else I’ve had. Once you’ve tried one you won’t want to go back.

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