Starbucks: Soy vs. Coconut Milks

March 9, 2015

When I heard that Starbucks was going to offer coconut milk nationwide, I was intrigued. While I don’t buy coconut milk for drinking, I do love ice creams and yogurts made from it. I also buy the canned versions for cooking and baking, and recently, for turning into amazing whipped cream. For drinking, we stick to soy and almond as of right now.

But before I give my opinions about the new milk, a small digression. As I read about the new item in advance of its being available, a lot of the comments were negative. Are the soy and coconut milks offered by Starbucks perfect? No, of course not. Would it be great if we could get non-dairy milks without carrageenen and other iffy ingredients? Sure. But I think a lot of people lost sight of the big picture here. Starbucks doesn’t have to offer any alternatives to dairy milk. While there are more people avoiding dairy everyday, we are far from the majority. Perhaps a little gratitude that our non-dairy needs are being considered at all would serve us better than complaining that they got it wrong. It’s a step in the right direction.

Back to my review. I tried the coconut milk in my usual Saturday mocha. It was good–definitely added a coconut undertone to my drink. The thing I didn’t like about it was that it was thinner than the soymilk. It also didn’t have the same degree of foaminess. Since I don’t really have a problem with soy, I will likely stick with that option for now as I prefer the extra creaminess. But I like that it is available as an option, and I may try it again when I shift to iced drinks in the warmer weather.

If nothing else, I do appreciate that Starbucks is broadening their options and thinking about people who cannot, for whatever reason, have dairy or soy.

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2 Responses to “Starbucks: Soy vs. Coconut Milks”

  1. Q Says:

    Thanks for the article. It inspired me to try the coconut myself, on my Saturday routine… it was interesting… I’m not a convert yet… time will tell.

    How do you think the two (soy vs coconut) compare in terms of health?

    • kaos127 Says:

      I checked on the Starbucks website, and, nutritionally, they are about the same. Soy had more protein, but the other differences were really small.

      I’m not really thinking that much about nutrition when I go to Starbucks–not that I go overboard–so for me it is more about taste.

      Thanks for responding!


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