Dairy-free drinkers won’t have to sacrifice taste and texture any longer.  

By Lauren Wicks
Updated January 11, 2019
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Whether you’ve recently made the switch to a dairy-free diet, you’re sensitive to lactose, or just really like non-dairy alternatives, you’ve likely tried a plant-based milk in your coffee. Instead of seeing glorious, creamy clouds upon pouring, you might just end up with curdled plant milk. And, somehow, curdled plant milk sounds even more unappealing than plain curdled milk.

However, all is not lost for those who love to lighten their morning cup of joe with a milk alternative! The lovely folks from Veganuary, a project designed to help make going vegan more attainable, shared some tips in a daily email about how to prevent plant milk from curdling in your coffee.

The curdling problem is most likely coming from a bad reaction when the non-dairy milk is affected by the acidity and heat of coffee. Here’s exactly how to help prevent a bad reaction.

Use Heat

Wait a few minutes after pouring coffee into your mug before pouring in the milk. Then, heat the combined coffee-plant milk mixture. If you can measure for temperature, try to heat your mug to 104 degrees for a perfect cup.

Pour Milk First

Pour the plant milk into the mug first, then slowly pour in the desired amount of coffee. This will help temper the milk and bring it up to the coffee temp, preventing unwanted curdles in your cup of Joe.

Switch Up Your Coffee

Try brewing a low-acid coffee, which is better for your teeth and sensitive stomach, anyway. Switching to cold brew coffee in warmer seasons is also a great option here, as some of coffee’s natural acidity is removed in the brewing process. Learn how to make your own here.

Try a Ready-to-Drink Milk

The popularity of alternative milks have led to the development of “barista blends” for use in coffee shops. Finding a non-dairy milk designed for coffee shops online might also be a good choice, as it will likely be more stable at high temperatures and have a thicker texture. You might end up discovering you like one brand best for your coffee, while using another for everything else.