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Plant-based Milk and Coffee: Which Goes Best with Your Cup of Joe?

Coffee is a glorious drink in its own right, but coffee with milk? Divine. Cappuccino, Caffè Latte, Café’ Au Lait, these coffees are just a few examples that prove milk and coffee are a match made in Italian heaven. The creamy and milky cuppa from your Nescafe® Dolce Gusto® pods makes every morning worth waking up to, and any time before your next coffee break worth getting through.

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Even if you have just switched to a dairy-free diet or if you’re sensitive to lactose, you can still enjoy an awesome cup of milky coffee without wreaking havoc to your system. How? Plant-based milk, of course! Just pop your favourite Nescafe® Dolce Gusto® pod into the machine, wait for the coffee to drip, add your dairy-free milk, and voila! Barista-style coffee in the comfort of your own home.

A lot of plant-based milk options are available in the market, but some can taste a bit “off” or just downright wrong in coffees. Some vegan milks—depending on the kind—are even creamy and actually froth like regular dairy milk, so your cup of Joe can taste as heavenly as you remember.

Since there are a ton of options, how do you choose the one that goes best with coffee? Fret not; we have done the hard work testing these kinds of milk, so you don’t have to. You’re welcome. 

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Soy Milk – Soy milkis first on the list because it is one of the most widely used dairy-free milk in coffee shops all over the world. It’s not just for folks to avoid dairy; it also works well for people who are allergic to nuts. Soy milk foamed quite quickly, and it has almost the same amount of protein as regular cow’s milk. Taste-wise, it wasn’t that bad, although a slight soya flavour was still detectable.

Oat Milk – Oats are packed with fibre and protein—which have properties that reduce stress*—making it the perfect base for your next cuppa. This option is probably nearest to whole dairy in terms of taste and texture. Oat milk is a hit among health-conscious customers because it has relatively little fat without sacrificing regular milk taste. The addition of fibre, moreover, sets oat milk apart and makes it the ideal choice for people who are also looking to improve their digestive health.

Coconut Milk – Coconut milk is rich and creamy, which mimics the texture of a dairy-based drink. However, it contains a lot of saturated fat and has a distinct flavour, which overpowers the flavour of coffee. If you are looking for a tropical twist to your coffee, though, then coconut milk is your best bet.

Almond Milk – Almond milk is another popular non-dairy milk to use in coffees. It comes in an array of flavours, although you might want to go with the sweetened variety for a smoother taste. Also, it’s worth noting that almond milk reacts with the acidity of your coffee, so you might detect a bit of a nutty and bitter flavour in your coffee with this non-dairy milk.

Cashew Milk – More and more plant-based milk consumers reach for cashew milk because of its creamy texture that’s akin to regular dairy milk. As a matter of fact, cashews are a great substitute for cheese in cheesecake recipes, so it makes sense to use cashew milk instead of dairy milk in coffee. Taste-wise, it is slightly sweeter, and has less nutty flavour compared to other nut-based milks.

Hemp Milk – Hemp milk is when soy milk married almond milk and had a slightly runnier child. Similar to soy milk with regards to consistency, and akin to almond milk in terms of flavour, hemp milk has the best qualities of soy and almond, although it tastes a bit nutty and has a slight vegetal flavour. In spite of popular misconception, it’s a relief to know that hemp milk is not made from marijuana, and it will not make the consumer high, as it doesn’t contain enough THC to have psychoactive properties*.

*https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/hemp-milk#what-it-is

*https://www.health.com/food/12-superfoods-for-stress-relief

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