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How to Choose the Best Non-Dairy Alternative for Your Coffee

It’s hard to ignore the fact that more and more people are making the switch to plant-based diets. According to restaurant consultancy group Baum + Whiteman in New York, it’s one of the top food trends for 2018.

For those who are looking to make the switch, be it for ethical reasons, health purposes or even dietary restrictions, it’s easier than ever to incorporate plant-based alternatives into your daily life.

Take your morning coffee, for example.

For some, it may be hard to move on from using milk or cream in their daily cup. Rest assured, though, that DREAM has a wide range of great non-dairy beverage options to suit every taste. So much so that they are even popping up in coffee shops everywhere with increasing regularity. Find yours, and we bet it’ll become a must-have part of your morning coffee ritual.

Whether you’re a connoisseur or new to the world of non-dairy beverages, we’ve created a definitive guide to the most popular plant-based options including rice drink, cashew drink, almond beverage, coconut drink, and various blends. Read on to learn more about different ways they can be used, their individual taste profiles and the differences between sweetened versus unsweetened and enriched versus non-enriched.

Be warned, though: after reading this guide, you may very well want to start incorporating DREAM™ into your coffee routine right away!

Rice Beverage

Rice beverage can be DREAM’s favourite addition to any cup of coffee. With no dairy, soy or nuts, it’s a great option for those who suffer from gluten-intolerances or allergies.

Flavour Profile: With its own natural sweetness, it can be a bit mild as a non-dairy alternative.

Our Favourite In: Drip coffee

Almond Beverage

Almond beverage is one of the most popular to use in coffee, and for good reason: it’s super delicious. For those looking to find a healthier alternative in their daily java routine with full flavour, this is it.

Flavour Profile: Almond beverage is light in both body and flavour and also offers a distinctly nutty taste. Yum!

Our Favourite In: Almond lattes

Coconut Beverage

This non-dairy alternative has typically been used in recipes for overnight oats and smoothie bowls. Recently, more people have been turning to this popular non-dairy alternative in coffee because the coconut plays off the acidity of coffee so very well. Plus it’s packed with healthy fats and nutrients like magnesium, and iron.

Flavour Profile: This plant-based beverage has been known to be mildly nutty, creamy and subtly sweet.

Our Favourite In: Iced coffee or if you’re feeling fancy, iced Vietnamese coffee.

Cashew Beverage

Cashew beverage is easy to use at home, with lots of recipes available online. As such, it can be super easy to add into your morning coffee routine.

Flavour Profile: The taste and texture can be very similar to regular dairy – super creamy and rich in taste. It’s a bit sweeter than its more popular non-dairy beverage, almond, but also has a much more subtle flavour.

Our Favourite In: Cappuccino

Blended Almond & Coconut Beverage

While there are countless plant-based beverage alternatives on the market, this blend is tops amongst DREAM customers. The almond and coconut beverage is perfect for those who are vegan, or for those who have gluten-intolerances.

Flavour Profile:If you want a hit of tropical sweetness in your cup, this is it. You’ll be hit with a light nutty flavor of almonds, that will make you feel like you’re in Thailand.

Our Favourite In: Drip coffee, at home. But if you’re feeling fancy, try making a Thai iced coffee.

DREAM™ offers the largest range of non-dairy beverage alternatives in Canada. You can find them in the natural foods section of your local grocery store.