Camel Milk Coffee and Chocolates and Milk Shakes

Camel milk coffees and milkshakes. What a great idea! this writer loves coffee and being based in Melbourne, is used to high quality coffee. We even have our own coffee machine (proper ground bean type) in our office!

When travelling to other parts of the world I often give up on my traditional styles of coffee, or coffee full stop, as anything other than fresh milk was not taste acceptable. European 'cafe milk sachets' and other long life varieties used in countries where coffee was not a traditional drink, but introduced for tourists, altered taste too much. Also, to demand latte type coffee in a country, without a proper dairy industry, meant long life milk imported from far shoes - mega carbon footprint. Most of these countries had fabulous tea so the switch was easy!

But now the Gulf States seem to be leading the way and their road is very ecological paved - unusual for this part of the world! Camel milk, very local, very nutricius and according to many a very good mix with coffee. The milk is fresh, milked daily, and is also being used in milkshakes and the production of local milk chocolate.

The newly opened Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is offering guests a taste of the Middle East in the most unique manner – with concoctions created by their in-house Camel Milk Mixologist. The Camel Milk Mixologist crafts his beverages with fresh ingredients infused with locally-sourced camel milk, resulting in flavours ranging from sweet strawberry to refreshing mint. “I wanted to create something special for the upcoming Holy Month of Ramadan,” stated Mohammad Daoud, Camel Milk Mixologist. “Because camel milk has a high level of protein and additional nutrients, it’s an excellent beverage to consume during Sohour, the meal taken prior to sunrise for Muslims fasting during Ramadan.”

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal will continue to offer its camel milk menu in Mijana, the luxury hotel’s Arabic restaurant. “Camel milk has only recently been introduced to the main-stream consumer,” said Mijana restaurant manager Hasan Al Masri. “Our guests, both regional and international, are always looking for new experiences and this would be an interesting and authentic opportunity for anyone visiting Abu Dhabi.” The Mixologist will be on-hand to make recommendations on which camel milk flavours to pair with various dishes and can create a unique blend based on the guests’ tastes, saving their preferences for their next visit.

Costa says it has become the first global coffee chain in the Emirates to add camel milk to its menu. Customers visiting more than 30 Costa Coffee outlets in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah now have the option of choosing camel milk or ordering the Strawberry Camel Milk Cooler.

Camel milk contains 50 per cent less fat than cow's milk and is rich in calcium.

It appears to have a host of medicinal benefits. Studies show that regular consumption of camel milk can help diabetes sufferers, according to separate research from India's Bikaner Diabetes Care Research Center and Egypt's Menofia University Hospital. Research is also under way about whether camel milk could benefit patients with hepatitis, autoimmune diseases, crone's disease, autism and rheumatism.

Camelicious delivered its first batch of camel milk to Europe last month after receiving approval from the European Union, five years after making the initial application.

Do it yourself – a date camel milkshake. I guess one could substitute with your local milk if a camel dairy has not opened near you yet

Recreate one of Mohammed Saleh’s popular creations with this simple recipe for a date camel milkshake.

6 pieces of medjool dates (or any other type of dates)
250 ml pasteurised camel milk (available in select supermarkets)

Remove pits from the dates and cut dates in small pieces.
Put dates in the blender and add milk.
Run the blender for around 30 seconds.
Serve in a tall glass with a straw