You’re stood in the queue and you hear: ‘Can I have a small, skinny, soya, extra shot, decaf latte please?’ You roll your eyes. They probably want it extra hot too.
OK, I’m exaggerating, a little. There’s lots of Coffee drinkers who choose milk alternatives for health, diet or taste reasons. And they should be able to.
Now there’s another choice to consider and it’s a real good one. Coconut milk.
I was travelling back to Essex from Dorset this week, I made my usual stop at Rownham’s Services on the M27, and sitting there on the counter in front of me was an actual coconut inside a coffee cup, with some impressive latte art, considering.
It was a ‘Coconut Vanilla Latte’. Apparently.
Live every day like it’s your last, right?
I gave it a try and I really enjoyed it, probably because it was quite sweet, what with the vanilla. There was even a little dusting of coconut flakes on the top of the drink.
I did pay £4.49 for the privilege however.. This is likely due to the fact that it’s a motorway services, but the coconut milk does cost extra. I’ve also just realised, I didn’t get any discount for using my travel mug either!
I’ve since conducted an ‘investigation’ in a high street store, Costa advertise the Coconut Latte, Vanilla Latte and Flat White all for £2.95, in Primo (Small) size. When I asked for a large today, I was told it was not available in large, so there’s some confusion there (As the Motorway Services did give me Large, although they charged my an additional 50p)
I like big cups and I cannot lie.
So you can compare price, a ‘normal’ Vanilla Latte will cost £2.60. A ‘normal’ Flat White will cost £2.35.
Costa use Alpro Coconut Milk, all of the details of which, can be found here. It contains Soy. Interestingly it doesn’t contain vanilla syrup, but rather, vanilla powder.
Costa are currently advertising a Coconut Flat White and a Coconut Vanilla Latte on promotional displays in store.
I have seen a ‘nutritional’ info card in a high-street store today which gave nutritional info for; Coconut Cappuccino, Coconut Latte, Coconut Vanilla Latte, Coconut Flat White, Coconut Mocha, Coconut Mocha Latte and a Coconut Hot Chocolate.
There does appear to be a race to get this one mainstream, as I type, I’m sat in a Starbucks and they’re in the process of changing the signs to promote their milk alternatives, Oat, Almond and Coconut. Starbucks charge £3.50 for a large (Venti, my bad) latte macchiato whether you have oat, almond or coconut milk. A large latte with cow’s milk is £3.10. So, although cheaper than Costa, there is a 40p charge for the milk free alternatives.
Will I make all of my drinks Coconut milk versions from now on? No. For me, it’s a novelty, which I’m sure will wear off quite quickly, especially due to the extra pennies, smaller cups and less espresso.
I spend far too much in Coffee shops already.
Have you tried one? Which is your favourite? Costa or Starbucks? Let me know what you think!
Ryan – JustBrewIt.Blog