Dairy-Free?

We’ve done a little experimenting to find the best tea, coffee and hot chocolate to try with your milk alternative – with a little help from our customers.

Dairy-Free Options

Rice Milk

Works best with:

Loose leaf tea

Tea

Hot Chocolate

Soya Milk

Works best with:

Add freshly boiled water

Tea (Unsweetened)

Coffee (Sweetened)

Almond Milk

Works best with:

Top up with ice

Tea (Sweetened)

Hot Chocolate (Unsweetened)

Coconut Milk

Works best with:

Garnish with fruit

Hot Chocolate

Coffee

Cashew Milk

Works best with:

Garnish with fruit

Coffee

Tea

We’ll start with the toughest one. So many people who give up dairy find themselves keeping that sneaky bottle of semi-skimmed at the back of the fridge “just for tea” – but if you match your milk alternatives with the right tea, dairy-free tea is easier than you think. (We’d also recommend trying our tea without milk: you might be surprised how much you like it!)

Milk Alternatives Tea

Rice Milk

Rice milk is quite thin, so we’d recommend using more milk for stronger blends. Try it with our classic English Breakfast for a smooth, balanced brew.

Unsweetened Soya Milk

This thick milk is best matched with a dark, robust tea. Try our naturally fruity Yunnan Flowery Orange Pekoe, brewed for at least 5 minutes.

Almond Milk

This is a sweet milk, and calls for a gutsy brew with a powerful flavour. 1886 Blend and Chelsea Breakfast are great options.

Nifty Tip

Alternatives to dairy milk can split at a high temperature (sometimes at 60°C). Warming your milk gently and adding it slowly to your cup can reduce this.

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Hot Chocolate

For hot chocolate we turned to the best experts we know: our customers. We asked you on Facebook what milk alternatives you used to make hot chocolate, and plenty of you had something to say about it. Here are some of our personal favourites:

Milk Alternatives Hot Chocolate 1

Unsweetened Almond Milk

“It’s not overpowering so you can taste the hot chocolate”

Coconut Milk

“Just that little bit sweeter”

Almond Milk

“Tastes delicious…”

Milk Alternatives Hot chocolate

Did you know?

Nothing beats hot chocolate on a chilly evening – but did you know that many of our classic hot chocolates are completely dairy-free? What would your milk alternative be for a truly heavenly hot chocolate?

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Coffee

Like your brew with a splash of milk in the morning, but wary of dairy? Here’s a few tips for drinking coffee with dairy-free milk alternatives:

Milk Alternatives Coffee

​Cashew Milk

Cashew milk is deliciously creamy: try it with our medium roasts.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk has a powerful flavour which complements darker roasts well.

Soya Milk

Try soya milk for a weaker flavour that won’t overpower the taste of your coffee.

Nifty Tip

Darker roasts tend to be better with dairy-free milk, as the flavour is rich enough to cut through.

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#WhittardYourWay

Have you tried any of our suggestions? What’s your choice of milk alternative? Let us know with #WhittardYourWay – we’d love to hear your thoughts!