It used to be boring. Milk, probably delivered in a glass bottle by your milkman. Things got a bit more exciting when skimmed and semi-skimmed showed up, but still pretty dull. Milk isn’t boring anymore, however. The changing nature of customer’s tastes, combined with the rise of coffee shop culture, has led to an explosion of alternatives to plain old milk. Pioneers such as Rude Health have developed a  huge variety of milk alternatives, suitable for vegans, those with allergies, or simply those who like to try something different.

Let’s have a look at some of the most popular milk alternatives around today. They all have their own distinctive flavours, offer different benefits, and are available in your coffee via the EspressGo app.  

Oat milk

Oat milk is a popular dairy-free alternative to milk at the moment. It’s sweet and delicious, tasting great in your coffee. What’s more, oat milk brings so many health benefits that normal milk doesn’t. It’s rich in iron, vitamin A, and just like normal milk, calcium. It’s low in fat and totally cholesterol free. Drinking oat milk is recommended to keep a healthy heart. A good oat milk latte or cappuccino will be light and frothy. Warm, tasty and comforting, you can definitely enjoy it guilt-free! 

Almond milk

Almond milk is made from ground-up almonds and water. Simple as that. It has a rich, creamy texture however, not at all watery. It’s sweet, nutty flavours taste awesome in your latte. A variation of almond milk was first enjoyed by the Ancient Persians, thousands of years ago. They knew what they were doing. If it was good enough for them, it’s good enough for us Londoners. Almond milk is packed with vitamin E, and is much lower in calories than normal milk. It’s also low in fat and sugar, so go on, have that second cup. 

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is made by scooping up all the white stuff in the middle of coconuts, mixing it with water and removing the cream from the top. It resembles cow’s milk in look and texture more than any other milk on this list. You know the taste of coconuts right? Well, it’s like that, in a milk. It’s sweet and distinctive, a great addition to your morning coffee. Of course, it’s good for you too, full of vitamins like C, B1 and B6, plus minerals like potassium. But who cares when you’re drinking a Bounty-flavoured coffee?

Hazelnut milk

Hazelnut milk is like a white Christmas in a mug. The nutty flavour tastes great in coffee, but even better in a hot chocolate. It’s full of vitamins like B and E, plus folic acid and omega-3, which is good for maintaining a healthy cholesterol level and blood pressure. Hazelnut milk heats and foams really well compared to some of the other milk, making a coffee you’ll want to stare at for a while, before you drink it, of course.

Brown rice milk 

The last milk alternative on our list is brown rice milk, made by mixing up rice with rice syrup, starch and water. It has a sweet taste, and it isn’t as thick and gloopy as the other milk we’ve talked about here. It’s a much softer flavour. Brown rice milk is popular with people with allergies, as it’s free of soy, gluten and nuts.

So next time you’re ordering your coffee on EspressGo, why not have a break from the milky norm, and try something different? What’s your favourite milk alternative?