Milk alternatives – What are they all about?

It’s funny to think that only a few years ago Cow’s Milk was all there was. We hadn’t really heard of milked soy beans and no-one really quite knew what a lactose was, let alone juicing some nuts to see what’s left.

But moving into the present, things are looking a little different. You’ve now got some serious options for your killer cup of Soul Origin coffee. If cow’s milk isn’t your thing or lactose doesn’t agree with you, let us put your mind at ease. We’re here to hold your hand as we suss out the wide world of milk alternatives.


Soy Milk

Soy Milk is probably the most widely known milk alternative, most cafes offer this as their sole milk alternative. Reason why? Regular soy milk is thick and creamy, and froths up pretty well for a great cappuccino. Soy tastes a little nutty and isn’t overly sweet. We love soy milk in a hot chocolate for something different, it works so well with the cocoa.

Almond Milk

Almond Milk has a nutty smell and taste with a thin consistency. If you’re after a mild taste for your coffee, choose an almond milk which is unsweetened, that way it won’t take over the taste of your caffeine hit. Almond milk is a mix of ground whole almonds with filtered water, so that makes it pretty different to almond butter – which is 100% ground almonds.

Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk is probably the newest kid on the block. We’ve all heard of coconut cream, but you’re probably more likely to think of a creamy curry than your morning coffee! Coconut Milk is free of dairy and soy and it is also lactose free. It’s made from a combo of filtered water and coconut milk, which makes it still thin enough to enjoy as a latte. Coconut Milk is smooth and naturally sweet, with a subtle coconut flavor.

Lactose Free

Lactose Free Milk, is commonly known as cow’s milk which has had the lactose removed from it. What’s lactose? Great question! Lactose is a type of sugar which naturally occurs in dairy products. With the rise in awareness of intolerances, lactose free milk is a great option for those who love the taste of full cream dairy but may struggle when digesting it. Lactose free tastes just like cow’s milk, making it rich in calcium and free from both gluten and lactose.

We’re proud to offer a broad range of milk options for our baristas, sitting beside our Full Cream and Skim Milk, you can also find Bonsoy Soy Milk, Almond Breeze Barista Blend and Paul’s Zymil in all stores. Coconut Milk is also in selected stores.

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