Many coffee lovers passionately express the importance of a strong, dark roast cup of joe. While there are many reasons for the love of a dark cup, there is a certain satisfaction, comfort and uniquely delicious aroma that accompanies a classic latte, cappuccino or the beloved flat white.
Globally, around 65% of the human population is lactose intolerant (unable to digest dairy) and in some ethnic groups, the number rises to 90%. This data, along with the outcry for a more ethical and environmentally-friendly market, has taken the world of coffee into a new realm of milks and creamers.
With so many plant-based milks out there, one can begin to feel overwhelmed by the options, so we’ve compiled a list of 3 plant-based milks that are easily accessible from almost anywhere. We tried a wide variety of plant-based milks with the goal of finding an alternative that doesn’t leave a strong after-taste and exhibits a creamy consistency for as long as possible.
With that being said, here are our favorite plant-based milk alternatives for coffee:
Probably one of the hottest plant-based milks out there right now, oat milk is loved by almost all those who drink it. Oat milk can be made at home with only a few simple ingredients and tools, and will be – without a doubt – one of the cheapest, tastiest ways for you to make your own milk at home.
Note, however, that oat milk without a fat binding agent (such as a plant-based oil) may leave the oat milk to behave inconsistently in its structure, which may hinder its ability to remain creamy. If you’re shopping for oat milk, try make sure that you buy one with sunflower oil, or with some other fatty binder. Of course, if you’re gluten intolerant, go for another plant-based milk alternative instead!
Soy milk has become one of the easiest plant-based milks to get your hands on, as soy beans are grown on an enormous scale. Because of the amount of soy beans available to milk producers, there is an ocean of different soy milks to choose from, and each will probably taste slightly different to the rest.
We recommend experimenting with at least 3 different brands to find your preference. Never go for soy milk powder, as the powder will not stay creamy in your coffee. Soy milk is also famous for frothing up similarly to cow milk, giving you the chance to experience your favorite latte without having to buy cow milk.
Coconut milk is probably the creamiest alternative, but also the milk with the most exuberant and outstanding tastes. If you like the taste of coconut, you will fall in love with this milk alternative. There are many companies out there who specialize in coconut milk that is made for coffee; it’s a little less intense than canned coconut milk, and far less fatty too. If you can’t find bottled coconut milk, consider buying a can of coconut milk from your local supermarket.
While there are many more plant-based milks out there that are worth trying, these are by far the most accessible. Try them out next time you go shopping or the barista asks what milk you’d like.