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Cow, Oat, Almond, or Soy: Which Milk Pairs Best with Coffee?

by Kaitlin Graham 28 May 2024

Four glasses filled with milk placed in a group on a wooden board


Cow, oat, almond, soy. The list of types of milk could go on and on. But, what type of milk pairs best with Monkey Hanger coffee? 

Whole Milk

Whole milk is usually a barista's first choice because of its fat content. Rich, creamy whole milk creates a thick, satisfying cup of joe. However, 1%, 2%, and skim milk are good substitutes for those who want a lower calorie cup. 

Oat Milk

Oat milk is the top plant-based milk for coffee. It complements coffee with its wheaty flavor and silky texture. It combines well with the brew, making it the most similar dairy-free alternative to cow’s milk. Yet, be aware that it can separate and rise to the top of a drink if it has been steamed. 

Side note: Oat milk is the most sustainable milk product.

Almond Milk

Almond milk is another popular plant-based milk because of its accessibility. Nearly every grocery store and coffee shop has almond milk as an option. While almond milk and coffee aren’t the perfect pairing, they make a decent duo. It has a mild flavor that doesn’t take away from the coffee’s natural flavors, yet still adds a creamy sweetness to your brew.

Soy Milk

Soy milk is just one more of the well-loved plant-based milks. It has a thick texture that is akin to milk and steams well for cappuccinos or lattes. Its mild flavor makes it ideal to mix and match with your favorite flavor syrups. 

As always, the milk you choose depends on your personal preference. The bottom line is the milk you choose depends on the flavor profile of the coffee and how creamy you like your coffee. Nevertheless, these four milks are our top picks for pairing with Monkey Hanger coffee.

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