The usual price for replacing cow's milk in an espresso drink with soy or rice milk seems to be 50 cents.

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MadMarket.jpgThe usual price for replacing cow’s milk in an espresso drink with soy or rice milk seems to be 50 cents.

That might make sense at coffee spots that use conventional milk, which is about 2 cents an ounce. But for a place like Madison Market that uses organic milk, it was surprising to see a 75-cent surcharge for soy and rice milk, which cost roughly the same as organic (about 5 cents an ounce).

Fortunately, Madison Market saw the folly of its hefty fee and recently eliminated it altogether. Espresso drinks now cost the same no matter which milk you prefer.

The food coop’s baristas also just completed training in coffee history, roasting and espresso bar techniques at Tony’s Coffee & Teas in the University District, which sells the coop coffee that’s triple certified: organic, fair trade and shade grown, according to Madison Market’s Seneca Harper (pictured).

(Side note: Checking out the Tony’s Coffee web site, I noticed that it has a limited supply of Hacienda La Esmeralda Geisha coffee that it’s selling online at $35.95 for 12 ounces. Talk about pricey. But so good if you can afford it.)

Thank you, Rhean, for the Madison Market tip!