The $245 Almond Cow looks like a slightly elongated cow-themed electric kettle, with a cow button on top that you press to start. This is the only control: the Almond Cow, as its name perhaps suggests, is designed to make milk from almonds, although it can handle other raw milk sources like oats. There is no way to prepare hot milk like soy milk. However, it does a pretty efficient job of milking almonds, so it’s a solid choice if almond is your only source of milk.
I tested the $325 Almond Cow Starter Setwhich includes the milk machine and a few accessories, like a rather cute branded glass milk pitcher, a cleaning brush, and several packages of Creamy CocoCash Coconut Milk Mixes and Original Almonds ‘n’ Dates as the company sells.
The process of getting milk from your electric cow is simple: add water to the container (between 5 and 6 cups), put the dry ingredients into the filter cup, turn it on the bottom of the lid so that the arm of the mixer or in the materials. , put the lid on and press the button. The Almond Cow then grinds and mixes everything, a process that takes a few minutes. When finished, the light on the top turns blue and the milk is ready. The pulp is kept in the filter cup, which you remove and clean by hand. A catch cup is included, which fits over the filter cup to prevent it from leaking everywhere. The container should also be rinsed between uses.
I found the milk produced by Almond Cow to be delicious: the high-speed blender with multiple blades meant that the almonds were mixed well and little or no grainy plant matter was left behind. The milk was a bit frothy, like a pint of albino Guinness. However, the foam settled quickly and the 5 cups produced by the Almond Cow should be enough for a family breakfast or a day of coffee making.
Speaking of coffee, you can also use the drip cup and a smaller amount of water to make a creamer, a more concentrated blend for those who prefer the thickness of a non-dairy creamer.
Both milk blends (Almond Cow calls them Milk Medleys) produce flavorful milk with a nice, creamy mouthfeel. The Creamy CocoCash is made with cashews, coconut and dates, while the Original Almond ‘n’ Dates is made with almonds and dates. Both of these mixtures would be easy to replicate, although they use an additional secret ingredient: a little rice flour which thickens the mixture.
After using the Almond Cow, there’s a lot of cleanup: clean the filter cup, rinse the lid (milk gets splashed inside the container while it’s mixed), and clean the container itself. It’s no surprise that the starter pack I tested also included a flexible scrubbing brush that helps remove grimy plant pulp from the filter.
I also found that with larger ingredients like almonds, you have to push the filter cup quite hard to ensure it is properly locked in place when securing it on top. This is because the blender blades sit right at the bottom of the cup and a nut can get stuck under the blades, preventing the twist lock from engaging properly. If the cup comes loose during blending, it will cause damage and could damage the blade. I found the easiest way to avoid this was to gently shake the cup while securing it on top to keep the materials moving.
I also found that when you pour the milk, the top of the almond cow has a habit of falling off when you tip the whole thing over to get the final milk out of the container. There is no locking mechanism that holds the lid in place, only gravity.
However, the almond cow does an efficient job. It produces well-mixed milk in decent quantities and does it quite quickly. What it doesn’t do, however, is handle the variety of other types of milk that some machines can offer. You are limited to raw milk like almonds, cashews and oats.