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Every January, 629,000 adults across the UK adopt a plant-based diet for Veganuary. As a nation of tea and coffee lovers, 3 in 10 of us already enjoy a vegan alternative to dairy milk in our hot beverages. But in the first month of the year, more people than ever before dip their toe into the dairy free world.
Whether you’re a facilities manager or a HR leader, it’s up to you to ensure that your employees and customers can enjoy the same diverse preferences they have access to at home. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to explore the world of dairy free milk alternatives in coffee!
Read on to explore three of the most popular plant-based milk options, alongside our top pick of the dual-milk hot drinks machines for your office.
In 2023, 57% of us opted for plant-based milk in our coffee. Driven by environmental concerns, health considerations and an expanding market of consumers seeking cruelty-free options, this shift towards veganism is more than just a trend. It’s a response to evolving attitudes towards sustainability and personal wellbeing.
At Oasis Coffee & Vending, we know how important it is to offer a variety of dairy free options all year round. But Veganuary is a great place to start.
Let’s begin with oat milk, a rising star in the dairy free sphere. Oat milk, made from whole oat grains, is known for its creamy texture and rich taste. Beyond its flavour, the plant-based option boasts health benefits such as high fibre content, essential vitamins and minerals.
Creating a perfect cup of coffee with oat milk involves a careful balance of steaming and frothing. This process enhances the flavour and adds a velvety texture to your coffee. In tea, it can add a subtly sweet note to your favourite brew.
Oat milk is a nutritional powerhouse, providing a significant dose of dietary fibre, B vitamins and minerals such as calcium and iron. Its high fibre content supports digestive health, whilst its various vitamins and minerals contribute to overall wellbeing.
Oats are a relatively sustainable crop, requiring less water and land compared to traditional dairy farming. The production of oat milk generally has a lower carbon footprint, making it an environmentally friendly choice.
Amongst the most popular dairy free milk alternatives in coffee is almond milk. Known for its nutty undertones and light consistency, almond milk is a low-calorie alternative rich in antioxidants and vitamin E.
Almond milk complements a range of flavour profiles, offering a nutty twist to your daily cup. But it does have a stronger taste compared to oat milk, which is why experimenting with your brewing methods is crucial to find the perfect balance.
Almond milk is renowned for its nutritional content. It offers a good source of vitamin E which is essential for skin health, and antioxidants that support overall wellbeing. Low in fat, almond milk is an excellent option for those watching their calorie intake.
Almond trees generally require less water than traditional dairy farming, contributing to water conservation efforts. However, it’s crucial to note that almond cultivation does have environmental consequences, and sustainable sourcing practices are vital.
Moving on to soy milk, a protein-packed powerhouse that has been a staple in plant-based diets for years. A complete protein source, it also provides essential amino acids necessary for a well-rounded diet.
Mastering the art of coffee-making with soy milk requires attention to temperature and ratios. When done right, soy milk adds a creamy consistency to your coffee without overpowering the flavour.
Soy milk is a rich source of high-quality protein, making it an excellent option for those seeking to increase their intake. It also contains essential amino acids which promote muscle health and support various bodily functions.
Soybeans are a versatile and sustainable crop, requiring less land and water compared to traditional dairy farming. Soy cultivation has a lower environmental impact, making soy milk a more eco-friendly choice.
At Oasis Coffee & Vending, we’re proud to provide an exclusive range of dual milk coffee machines. These machines can dispense both dairy and dairy free milk alternatives to meet the changing needs of your colleagues this Veganuary. Our top picks include;
If you’re looking to make the switch to dairy free milk alternatives in coffee, Oasis Coffee & Vending is on hand to help! To explore our range of premium coffee machines, or for advice on your perfect fit, contact us today.