If you have chosen a plant-based diet, a vegan diet (even if just for Veganuary) or are allergic to dairy, it no longer means you have to miss out on your favourite hot drinks and caffeine kicks.
Coffee shops now provide a huge range of milk alternatives, and supermarkets and shops also stock plenty of choices for you to use at home and for other applications. But there is no denying that some non-dairy milks are better for particular jobs than others.
For instance, one may be great at heating and bubbling in a dedicated milk frothing jug but have an overpowering taste. So which is the best all-round milk alternative for coffee? From your tastes to the coffee choice and how the milk needs to be used, we have listed them all below.
One of the newest kids on the block, but consumers are quickly praising its close resemblance to dairy milk. Don’t panic – it isn’t green, and doesn’t taste like petit pois either.
Made from the protein of yellow peas, it is one of the best if you like a caffeine hit but want to keep things nutritious. It keeps those high levels of protein which could be good if you are vegan, and also contains natural potassium.
Baristas praise its texture when frothing and making latte art, and it is smooth while having no overpowering taste so is great for a range of different coffee blends. Sproud Original Pea M*lk is a bestseller.
If you are after a nut milk then this is probably the most widely available choice. It is almost as popular as soy milk, so good if you want a non-soya alternative with a similar texture.
Manufacturers make it in both sweetened and unsweetened forms so it is good if you want something pure and plain or a touch of sweetness to cut out adding extra sugar. It does leave a bit of a nutty taste though, but Rude Health Organic Almond Drink is one of the best at limiting this.
Unfortunately, as it is similar in texture to soy milk, it faces the same problems. When poured into hot coffee it can curdle, so is best warmed first, but also be aware that some types can split or curdle when heated so do this gently. It can be foamed but still largely stays quite thin so isn’t great if you want a thick traditional cappuccino.
Overall, we think that oat milk is the best. It is the same consistency and texture as semi-skimmed or full cows milk, so still gives that smooth and creamy touch. Furthermore, it is easier to froth than some other options, and there is no taste imparted.
You do need to bare in mind that variations do change from brand to brand, so just because you don’t like one make doesn’t mean you don’t actually like that type of milk – some testing may be required. This is particularly appropriate when trying soya or almond milk.
Think about what you want from the milk too. Is frothing and warming it the most important factor, or do you want something thick and creamy? This could all depend on your favourite type of coffee or how you make it.
By the way, non-dairy milk also helps you safe calories! Read here how many calories you drink with every cup of coffee!