Best And Worst Plant-Based Drinks For Your Coffee

Plant-based drinks for coffee

Good morning you bunch of beautiful humans! Since it’s been 3 weeks through Veganuary, I’ve had a chance to try out quite a few different plant-based drinks with my coffee. Some of them were great, the others- not so great, that’s why I thought I’d give you a little guidance. The only thing I took into consideration while buying one was whether it’s sugar-free as I don’t take any sugar with my coffee so I wanted it to stay unsweetened. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Coconut Dream Original

Price: £1.70/L
My impressions: Oh, I’m not a huge fan of this one! First of all, it immediately curdled in my coffee and a cup of weird brownish liquid full of lumps is not what I enjoy. Moreover, the milk has a very strong, sour taste which was very difficult to hide even in shakes. Please note however, that I’m talking about this particular brand- I used coconut milk drink before and it was alright. Still, I wouldn’t repurchase this one.

Oat Dream Gluten Free

Price: £1.40/L
My impressions: This one combined well with freshly-brewed coffee, not separating/curdling at any stage. It had quite a specific, slightly bitter taste which I easily got used to but it may not be to everyone’s liking. If you use plant-based drinks on a daily basis you’ll be fine with this one, however if it’s just the beginning of your adventure I’d advice you to start with something lighter.

Good Hemp unsweetened

Price: £1.50/L
My impressions: It was the first time I tried hemp-based milk and despite everyone’s comment about how ugly it was, I didn’t find it unbearable. It was perhaps my least-favourite milk but it blended wonderfully with my coffee and although the taste was very strong and definitely more bitter than in Oat Dream, I got used to it. Would I buy it again? Probably no, as for this price it’s easy to get better-tasting products.

Tesco Free From RiceDrink

Best And Worst Plant-Based Drinks For Your Coffee
Price: £1/L
My impressions: At the beginning I was quite sceptical about buying a supermarket brand but hey, I was so wrong! This milk really is wonderful- it doesn’t curdle at all, it has a nice, subtle taste and I think for this price you won’t actually get anything better. I will be buying this one on a regular basis.

Provamel Organic Bio Cashew

Price: £2/ 500ml
My impressions: My first thought was that the price was a bit crazy, however I really wanted to try cashew milk and that was the only unsweetened one I could find. At first, I was very pleased with it- it was nice and smooth with a delicate, creamy taste, I really liked it. The next day however, it curdled immediately so I had to use the remaining amount for smoothies. It simply ruined the good impression- 4 quid for a litre of milk which you can’t even use with your morning coffee? Nope, thank you very much!

Alpro Roasted Almond Unsweetened

Best And Worse Plant Drinks For Coffee

Price: £1.80
My impressions: This one is a winner for me. It has a lovely, nutty taste, it blends smoothly with coffee and oh, it’s just the best. Tip: Blend it with a ripe banana, 1Tsp peanut butter, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg for the best smoothie ever!

Oatly Organic

Price: £1.5/L
My impressions: Another one I had to use for smoothies. I have to say, I bought this one because I used a few products by Oatly which I enjoyed so when I saw a huge ‘Organic’ on it, I didn’t think twice. The drink turned out to be a big disappointment, curdling and overkilling everything with its sharp, bitter taste. I don’t know, maybe the non-organic version is better

Do you have any plant-based milk you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!

  • That almond milk is superb! I use it a lot for smoothies. 🙂

    Nora /

  • Since going dairy free over a year ago now, I actually stopped putting milk in my coffee and just drinking it black because I just could not find a plant milk that wouldn’t curdle. I love the Alpro almond milk on cereal, in smoothies etc. but I personally find the lighter than milk the better, by which I mean something like oat or rice milks which are quite watery rather than creamy in consistency. 🙂

    • Oh dear, black coffee… not something I’d be able to drink! I used to use oat and rice milk made for Rossmann (the whole range was brilliant actually) but after moving to London I had to adjust to what’s available. Not that I’m complaining lol. And the main reason I like the almond milk is because how creamy it is haha! Still, the lighter options you prefer are definitely healthier 🙂

  • Tiffany Bailey

    That was so helpful thank you I’m definitely going to give the rice milk a try! I love my coffee so much so it’s the hardest part of being vegan for me!

  • Vijee Djega

    i use almond milk and soy but am careful about which soy, the country it was made, the organic factor matters. I stopped drinking milk over 2 years ago and its one of the best decisions I made. If I ever have normal milk, by mistake, or by lack of choice, my stomach gets cramps. I have developed intolerance to the enzymes they add no doubt. I also try to make my own almond milk when I can.

    • Making your own almond milk?! That’s nice! I’m too lazy for that I guess but the home-made one is lush! I’m allergic to soy so I can’t have it at all but I’m definitely trying to avoid dairy as much as possible too 🙂 Our bodies are amazing, getting used to the good so quickly aren’t they 🙂

  • Michaela Terese Harrison

    I don’t used plant based drinks instead of milk in my coffee, I prefer traditional milk. I had no idea there was so many types of plant based drinks.

    • I understand it, for some people though it’s not a matter of choice so I think it’s great to have different options out there. When having freshly-brewed coffee at home I use only plant-based drinks, it took a while to get used to them but now I don’t like my morning coffee with regular milk at all- funny how quickly we can adapt. Going out is to have a proper flat white is an entirely different thing though, I have to admit I like it much (MUCH!) better with cow’s milk and that’s the only reason I can’t wait for Veganuary to be over haha 🙂 x

  • Perla Quintas

    I’m not much into coffee right now, and on rarely occasions when I drink coffee, I prefer it black. However, your reviews here made me to want to try something new. Maybe Fresh Unsweetened Almond.

    • Happy I inspired you to try something new! I think almond milk is a good choice 🙂 x

  • Thank you for the helpful post! I’m looking into drinking less milk and I had no idea the different effects various plant drinks had on coffee!

  • Robin

    I’m a big fan of the coconut-almond milk blend from Califia! Adds wonderful flavor to everything – including overnight oats 😍

    • Sounds good- does it go well with coffee (does it curdle?) as it’s pretty much the only thing I use milk to on a daily basis. x

  • Sarah Molenda

    I’ll have to give the roasted almond milk a try! I love coffee and I’m looking for healthier creamers with no artificial sweeteners! Thanks!

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    I use the soy creamer from Trader Joes for my coffee! I refuse to put anything else in there 🙂

  • Neha kumari

    I love coffee and changing it into unsweetened milk is a good option,Which is healthy as well.and almond milk taste delicious. Will definitely give it a try.

  • I like almond milk a lot, but not in my coffee, unfortunately. I have tried multiple times, but I always just end up going back to International Delight.

  • These are all new to me! I never heard of these before. I know that my hubs will like the one with roasted almond. For me, I like my coffee with cream milk.