Simon Michelangeli at his Fugazza cafe in the CBD wher they only use A2 milk. Photo: Ken Irwin
In a Melbourne-esque lane off a lane, barista Simon Michelangeli works his vintage orange Gaggia coffee machine at Fugazza Cafe. It's in A1 condition and makes a mean latte with A2 milk.
The Equitable Place hideaway off Little Collins Street has used A2 exclusively since opening three years ago due to the taste, superior frothing ability and health benefits of the milk that appears to prevent digestive problems.
A2 milk refers to the A2 beta-casein protein and excludes the A1 protein in regular milk that causes digestive upset. Mr Michelangeli even developed the ''Fugazza Caffe'' house blend based on the ''taste profile'' of the milk.
''A lot of people like myself think they are lactose intolerant but when I switched to A2 I found out I was intolerant to the A1 protein,'' he said.
Clarissa Clayton, owner of Hide and Cheek Cafe in St Kilda, also uses A2 exclusively and said: ''People tell me it makes a difference. People who come back regularly love the coffee.''
Latte-loving Melbourne has embraced A2 more than Sydney, judging by the number of cafes using the milk. Out of 156 cafes in both states, 125 are in Melbourne. X Factor judge Dannii Minogue sang the praises of A2 milk as a paid spokeswoman in the UK after finding it did not cause the digestive problems she endured as a child.
Mother of two, Sophie Day, was drawn to A2 because of the ''better'' cows but a premium product costs - $5 for two litres. Whereas, Pura Original Milk is $2.99 and Pauls Rev is $3.99.
Dairy Australia advises: ''All types of milk are part of a healthy, balanced diet.''