There is just nothing like a cup of coffee! Whether it be a cappuccino, flat white or a latte we all love delicious creamy coffee made by our local barista. Traditional cow’s dairy milk is a very popular coffee additive because of its ability to mask some astringent flavors and bitter compounds produced by brewed coffee beans. Cow’s milk can also add mouthfeel and some enjoyable fats to your coffee.But sometimes, there are reasons why we can’t enjoy full cream or skim milk with our coffee. Perhaps you are vegan or dairy intolerant Luckily, there are now so many milk alternatives on the market for you to enjoy! Check out this handy guide we have made just for you!
Almond milk is one of the healthiest non-dairy alternatives to cow’s milk. Made from ground almonds, almond milk has less calories than milk, is naturally lactose-free and it has no cholesterol or saturated fat. Furthermore, almond milk is a rich source of vitamins A, B, E and contains many minerals including manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper, and zinc.
Almond milk is slightly sweet milk with a nutty flavour. Unfortunately, it does tend to separate when heated, so it may not be ideal for coffee drinks that contain a lot of heated milk, like lattes and cappuccinos.
Cashew milk is made from ground cashews in water and like almond milk, this is another healthy choice for people who are looking for a non-dairy milk alternative with health benefits. Store-bought cashew milk is also usually fortified with additional vitamin A, D and B-12. Cashew milk is creamy and sweet without having the very nutty flavour that almond milk or hemp milk has. This milk does mix well with hot coffees and is a great non-dairy alternative to cow’s milk. It is also common to blend cashew milk with coconut milk for someinteresting flavours and extra creaminess.
0Soy milkis perhaps the most common non-dairy alternative to having cow’s milk in coffee. milk is made from soya beans. Because it comes from a plant, it has no cholesterol, no saturated fat and no lactose. It is a very healthy type of milk that is rich in protein, B12, vitamin A, potassium and vitamin D (when fortified). If you are concerned about getting enough protein in your diet, soy milk is perhaps the best non-dairy alternative to cow’s milk.The quality of soy milk varies greatly and therefore its taste with coffee can also vary.
Some organic soy milks having a richer flavour and thicker consistency, while highly processed soy milks are thinner and milder. It is very similar to cow’s milk in terms of texture and has a slightly sweet flavour. Soy milk goes very well with most types of coffee.
Made from milled rice and water, rice milk is usually favoured by people who are both lactose intolerant and who have nut and soy allergies. Rice milk could be a beneficial non-dairy alternative because it is often fortified with vitamin D and vitamin C to increase its nutritional content. This milk mostly contains carbohydrates and does not contain much protein. It is easy to digest, however the high level of carbohydrates combined with the lack of protein in rice milk makes it a poor choice for people with diabetes or those on strict diets.
Rice milk does not have much flavour and it is more watery than soy, coconut or almond milk. It does not add much to the coffee in terms of flavour, but is a nice coffee milk alternative for people with more complex food intolerances. Oat milk is also similar in nature.
In recent years, coconut milk has become very popular as a non-dairy alternative to cow’s milk. Coconut milk contains vitamins C, E, B and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium, and sodium. It has no lactose and is loaded with healthy saturated fats.
In terms of flavour, coconut milk is verysweet and it has a thick, creamy texture. Because of the fat content, it looks very similar to cow’s milk when added to coffee. It is probably the thickest milk alternative and has an excellent mouth feel. Be sure to taste this if you like your coffee sweet!
So, which milk alternative sounds good to you? At Barista Au Lait, we offer both almond and soy milk alternatives and will lovingly create the perfect dairy free brew for you! Be sure to come in and give them a go, we know you will love them as much as we do!