It’s astonishing how much wrong information there is on vegan coffee out there. Companies are using deceptive marketing to get you thinking their products are the best and trying to convince you that they’re giving impartial advice when all it boils down to is money in their pocket! So let me take an honest look at some questions concerning this topic as well!
- Can vegans drink coffee?
- Types of coffee vegans shouldn’t drink?
- Any non-vegan coffee?
- Should I avoid coffee because it’s terrible for the environment?
Avoiding animal products is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to veganism. The lifestyle also includes choosing foods and products that are ethically sourced, sustainable for humans and animals and created with care in mind. So what does this mean? It means no more cruel slaughterhouses on your morning commute!
So let’s talk about something not typically associated with being a vegan: Coffee.
The Vegan Coffee Scam
First, let’s get one thing clear: there is no such thing as “vegan” coffee. Coffee beans don’t come from animals. All types of roasted seeds make up the drink in their entirety – not even animal by-products! So what makes people think they can market something that doesn’t exist? Marketing strategies to sell goods with less than honest tactics have long been an issue on the internet.
And now, more recently, some companies tried selling fake vegan coffees too… Some marketing campaigns use compounds derived from dairy plants or honeybees, which are often used in organic farming. But you will never find that information on their marketing. These companies use the term “vegan” to get a more significant number of buyers.
7 Vegan Milk To Try In Your Coffee Right Now
Black coffee is always vegan, but dairy-based milk and creamers are a no-go. Many people use milk or creamer in their black joe to give it a sweet flavor, while others go for the classic unsweetened taste. Luckily, there’s an option to suit any mood.
Vegan milk is not only for people with dairy allergies or dietary restrictions. It’s a great alternative to traditional creamer. If you want something creamy on your morning cup of coffee without sacrificing taste, then try one of these plant-based alternatives!
- Almond Milk — A classic nut milk with a thin and velvety body and a subtle nutty, semi-sweet flavor.
- Cashew Milk— Thin but super-rich, this milk is especially great for steaming. It has tons of protein per serving due to its higher fat content, making it ideal as an ice cream base or smoothies where you want something creamy without any grains.
- Macadamia Milk — This sweet yet slightly savory high-fat option provides the thickness your morning bowl needs while still being low enough calorie-wise to enjoy throughout all day long.
- Flax Seed Milk – Slightly earthy taste from hemp seed will make lattes pop accordingly by highlighting the flavor of whatever other ingredients you’re adding.
- Coconut Milk — This one is available with and without added sweetness, so make sure to read the label before adding it to your coffee.
- Hemp Milk — Hemp milk has a creamy texture similar in taste and consistency to almond milk but slightly earthier; hemp milk is also incredible in cereal.
- Coconut Creamer— This rich and creamy dairy-free creamer is packed with a bold coconut flavor that’s perfect for coffee drinks like cappuccinos or macchiatos. Look for this option near the milk substitutes at your local store. It pairs well with almond, soy, or hemp milk too.
Any type can be used in its most basic form, but remember to watch out for flavored versions as they may contain some sort of meat extract that will make them non -vegan friendly.
Quick Guide On How To Make Vegan Latte At Home
Start by filling a French press with 8 ounces of cold, filtered water and pouring over 1-cup of coarsely ground coffee beans at the bottom. Let brew for five minutes. Unscrew the plunger as if you were trying to squeeze all the liquid from it, then push down and leave it resting on top. Serve in your favorite mug with milk and sugar (or cream) to taste.
“Better than coffee house quality” – Coffee journalist / Vegan latte expert.
Tips For Making The Perfect Cup Of Vegan Coffee Every Time!
Making a perfect cup of coffee doesn’t have to be complicated. To make the best cup of coffee, start off by using fresh roasted whole-bean coffee. Whole-bean is the newest choice because it’s just been roasted, and its taste can’t get any better than this! This type of coffee has the best flavor because it hasn’t been ground yet, which means you’ll still get all those good oils in the beans. Besides that, though, pre-ground coffee is still delicious. Don’t fret too much about this being your only option.
Once you’ve got your beans picked out, it’s time to grind them up! It’s important to remember not to overdo this step because it will make it harder for the water to travel through during brewing. Get your French press, drip machine, or percolator ready and grind those beans so that they’re in a medium-fine setting. This will give you some good flavor while also allowing your brew to filter through without any residue!
Now that you’ve got your beans ground and your machine is brewing, it’s time to pop some hot water in there. The following amounts should work for a cup of coffee:
- French press – four tablespoons
- Drip machine – five tablespoons per one cup
- Percolator – three fluid ounces per one cup
If you use the proper amount of ground-up beans and you’ve got yourself a good grinder, this should give you some smooth and great-tasting coffee. To ensure that your mug is ready to drink, preheat your cups with hot water so that they’ll be at optimum temperature when the brew’s finished.
Benefits Of Drinking Vegan Coffee
Vegan coffee has some enormous benefits for those that drink it regularly.
Some benefits of drinking vegan coffee include a higher level of antioxidants, more minerals, magnesium, and chromium than regular coffee. One really cool thing about drinking vegan coffee is that it has been found to decrease the risk by up to 65% when developing type 2 diabetes.
The taste of vegan coffee is also different from your average cup of coffee. In general, vegan coffee comes out tasting fruitier and sweeter than regular coffee. This can be a great thing for those looking for something different in their cup of coffee. Vegan coffee has more antioxidants than the usual kind, which is very beneficial to your health overall. Atherosclerosis Risk Factor (ARF) has decreased with just drinking one cup of coffee a day. Cardiovascular disease overall has also been known to reduce as well.
So, Should You Give Up Your Coffee?
I wouldn’t give up vegan coffee because I still want to enjoy my favorite drinks, but I would reduce the amount of vegan coffee that I drink.
So what should you do? Well, if your goal is to wean yourself off altogether, you may need to start drinking more water and plant-based milk. If your goal is just to cut back a little (or only drink one or two items with dairy a day), maybe it will be easier for you to make healthier swaps. Go ahead and start by choosing soy milk over cow’s milk in the cereal bowl. And instead of adding an extra cup of cream to your morning latte, add more foam or steamed milk when it gets there frothing at the top. If you are drinking one or two cups of coffee a day, start by reducing that to one cup a day and see how it feels. Maybe in a month or so, you’ll have done enough to purge yourself (and your body) of the stuff for good.
So there you have it! My favorite coffee I love to drink is a regular old medium roast from Starbucks with soy milk and no whipped cream.