Record-Journal Digital Content Producer Bailey Wright taste-tests Dunkin Almondmilk Latte and Starbucks Almondmilk Honey Flat White, at the office in Meriden on Feb. 7, 2020.

Taste testing dairy free coffee drinks from Dunkin and Starbucks

Taste testing dairy free coffee drinks from Dunkin and Starbucks

Taste testing dairy free coffee drinks from Dunkin and Starbucks

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It’s no secret that in the last decade non-dairy alternatives to cow milk have perpetually grown in popularity. 

On the scene after soy milk was almond milk, but most recently oat milk has made its way across social media as the alternative of choice for many young people. 

Business Insider predicts that in 2020 we will see plant-based alternatives- for milk and meat- popping up more and more in grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. 

Last month Starbucks introduced two new “non-dairy delights” to its permanent menu, including a Coconutmilk Latte and an Almondmilk Honey Flat White. The menu also has an Oatmilk Honey Latte.

We decided to put the new Almondmilk Honey Flat White up to Dunkin’s Almondmilk Latte.

Dunkin has had the almond milk alternative on its menu since 2014, however, it has yet to add any other cream or milk non-dairy options. That is soon to change though, as the chain is expected to launch an oat milk latte to stores this spring, in addition to having it as an add-in for hot and iced coffees, cold brew and frozen beverages. 


Starbucks: Almondmilk Honey Flat White

Starbucks describes this drink as an intentional pair of almondmilk and its signature espresso with a hint of honey. A grande from our local Meriden store cost $5.84.

This drink has 170 calories, 5 grams of fat, 135 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 24 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein and 195 milligrams of caffeine. 

Personally, I thought this drink was pretty good. I like Starbucks coffee and espresso in general, and the almond milk mixed well with the honey taste. It was smooth and easy to drink. However, it did also remind me of Ricola cough drops, which I do enjoy, but don’t necessarily want to think about when it comes to my morning caffeine. I probably wouldn’t get this again just because of that. 


Dunkin: Latte made with almondmilk

Dunkin describes its lattes as being made with steamed, frothy milk blended with freshly ground and brewed espresso that has a layer of foam. A medium almondmilk latte cost $4.24. 

This drink, without sweetener or flavor shots, has 100 calories, 3 grams of fat, 180 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein and 166 milligrams of caffeine. 

Without any kind of sweetener or flavor, the almondmilk creates a pretty nutty experience that’s not for everyone. Definitely a different taste than milk but, if you’re used to almondmilk, you may not notice the difference so much. I would try this again with some other flavors or sweetness in it. 


In the end, the Starbucks cup is the one I kept reaching for even after the taste-test, because it was smooth and flavorful, where the Dunkin was was a little too bland on its own.
Twitter: @baileyfaywright

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