Putting Alternative Milks To The Test. And The Winner Is…

Putting Alternative Milks To The Test. And The Winner Is…

I’m a simple girl with simple pleasures. As you all know, I love a good cup of coffee. I’m happy with an Instant (no snobbery here), I’m happy in a coffee shop, but I’m happiest when I’m in the comfort of my own home, cradling a nice hot cup of my own creation.

Milk has always been a foe of mine. I hated it as a child and I still hate it now, except I can make some allowances (like when it’s being made into a mac n’ cheese sauce. So in a vow to be more animal friendly and to find a solution to my life-long hatred of dairy milk, I pulled out all the stops. I tried a different, easy to buy find dairy alternative once a week for five years.

Here are the results:

Almond Milk

First up was almond milk. I’ve bought this on and off for the last few years, but ehh I just can’t get on board with it. It’s a great gateway non-dairy milk if you’re a milk diehard and apparently it is #GoodForYou but it’s just not the milk for me. The taste is okay if you want a sub-par coffee but if you want a tasty drink then move on. I’m not the best with steaming any kind of milk for coffee but almond milk loves to curdle, making it a pretty impossible task.

Coconut Milk

If you want every drink you make to taste like coconut then coconut milk is your pal. I love coconut milk but sometimes you want your coffee to taste like err, coffee and the overpowering coconut flavour is just a little bit too much. Coconut milk is your boy if you’re looking for foam that literally plonks itself on top of your coffee, which I’m going to guess, that’s not what you’re looking for.

Hazelnut Milk

Hazelnut milk has a lovely nutty taste but the sad fact is, it’s a curdler. If you don’t mind your coffee looking a little bit weird then by all means, try out Hazelnut milk. It’s not my favourite but coupled with a shot of a vanilla syrup it makes a gorgeous Sunday morning treat drink.

Oat Milk

I love oat milk more than anything else in life. That might sound over the top but right now we have one opened oat milk in the fridge and three in the cupboard just in case there’s some kind of oat milk apocalypse. I am obsessed. It’s been said that oat milk is the closest to dairy milk in taste and in that it’s actually possible to get some kind of latte art out of it.

Soy Milk

It’s the cool kid of alternative milks. If you’re in an independent coffee shop and they only have one kind of alternative milk, you can bet that it’s soy. Soy milk is frothy as hell but I’ve found it super hard to make a nice looking coffee out of it. It has a nice sweet taste but it’s just not the most exciting to make coffee with.

Overall, it’s pretty clear that oat milk is the king of non-dairy milks but there are so many alternatives out there that you’re sure to find one that you like.

Have you switched to non-dairy milk? Let me know in the comments!

Rachel x-x-x



  1. January 13, 2019 / 3:20 pm

    Oat milk is my FAVE! I feel like drinking it is actually good for me, unlike cow’s milk. I still find that it can go a bit funny in hot drinks though, they taste a little sour.

    • rach
      January 13, 2019 / 3:24 pm

      Yess it doesn’t feel really heavy like cow’s milk! Oat milk is bae.

  2. January 13, 2019 / 3:23 pm

    I haven’t yet tried oat milk in coffee! I shall have to do that soon. I tend to go for soya, but I love coconut taste for hot chocolate, and almond milk for smoothies!

  3. January 13, 2019 / 8:09 pm

    Oat milk is also my number one true love 💕 have you tried chocolate oatly? It is delicious and makes a super good lazy mocha! X

    • rach
      January 14, 2019 / 12:22 pm

      I haven’t but that sounds amaaazing!

  4. February 25, 2019 / 5:46 pm

    I haven’t switched to a non-dairy milk, as I just can’t seem to find that perfect milk, that isn’t milk. However, my flat mate is obsessed with oat milk too and she’s offered that I can try it if I want, so maybe I will give that a go! x


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