All advantages of milk, none of its disadvantages. Nemléko is made from almonds, date, water and salt for anyone who can’t or don’t want to drink milk. We came up with a local version filled with calcium – poppy seed Nemleko. Will you help us produce it?
In May of 2016 we have started to produce almond milk – Nemléko (Notmilk). For more than half a year we have been supplying more than ten shops in Prague and a few located elsewhere. In December 2016 we added two more almond drinks: ice coffee and vanilla Nemléko. For this whole period of time we have been working on poppy seed Nemléko – first local plant-based milk. Now we are finally ready and the only thing which separates us from starting is your help.
Few people now that Czech Republic is the world’s biggest producer of poppy seeds. That is not the only great thing about poppy seeds, even though we must admit we are completely crazy about producing Nemleko from a local crop. Calcium plays a significant role in nearly every stage of our lives and poppy is the plant with the highest amount of calcium of all. That means that poppy seed Nemleko is the only plant-based milk, which can compete with cow’s milk in the amount of former calcium. In other plant-based milks, artificial calcium is added subsequently. That kind of calcium is not that well absorbed by our body. Keeping calcium in our bodies is crucial and with poppy seed Nemleko, it is also very tasty. Moreover, you don’t have to fear bits of poppy seeds between your teeth no more.
We have started producing Nemléko because we believe it is possible for people to do without animal milk. In fact we think people do not need any animal products and can be healthier that way and far more ecological. However, we had to start somewhere co we have chosen milk – Nemléko (Notmilk), because we weren’t fully satisfied with any milk alternative available here.
What makes Nemléko different?
We now produce almond Nemléko which contains 12 % of almonds. Industrial almond milk alternatives contain as little as 1 % of almonds. We don’t use sugar in Nemléko, we sweeten it up with dates. The only two remaining ingredients are filtered water and a pinch of Himalayan salt. Opposed to a huge number of other almond drinks, we do not add any emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners or other things which we consider unnecessary. That is also way Nemléko separates. We bottle it in easily recyclable glass bottles. It is not treated with UHT (ultra-high-temperature) but only goes through gentle pasteurization. As a result, it doesn’t last for more than half a year in room temperature but for only 14 days and only when properly stored in a fridge. However, it has more of the good things this way.
What kinds of almond milk do we make?
Water, 12 % almonds, dates and a pinch of Himalayan salt. Nothing else.
We have been seriously missing a decent tasting iced coffee here, so we teamed up with our friends at Bird Song Coffee and created a formula and now we drink it all day long. Additionally, Bird Song is a kind of Coffee grown in forest, which means the forest was not destroyed because of the coffee harvesting and not a single bird had to fly away finding a new home. Thus its name and place in Nemléko.
It took us long to get to the fairest vanilla in the world, but we do have it now thanks to Patricia Rain from San Francisco, California. Mrs. Rain is nicknamed The Vanilla Queen in Africa for she devoted more than half of her life fighting for the rights of African women vanilla farmers. Mrs. Rain sends us the finest vanilla which we put in Nemleko as it is. No alcohol-based extract comes in play.
Who stands behind Nemléko?
It’s us, Amálie and David. We share great passion for food and drinks and we wanted to do something ours, something different, which would have an actual meaning. Needless to say, it would be much harder or nearly impossible without the help of our parents, siblings and friends.
Where is Nemléko headed?
We have starter producing almond Nemléko, which has the highest amount of almonds from all almond milk alternatives available here. That comes at a price. Now, with your help, we are hoping to start producing poppy seed Nemléko, which is going to be local thus more ecological and more affordable. We are not yet able to start mass production and produce milk alternatives which could by price compete with the industrial ones or even with the state donated milk industry. It is, however, our goal and milk is not the only thing we would love to substitute with something more reasonable, tastier, healthier, and ecological.