This month Starbucks in the UK launched Coconut Milk as an alternative to cow's milk, and this means Coconut Milk Lattes are on the menu. I downloaded the app for Starbucks and as it is January and "extras" are free, I thought I'd see what it was like.
I had also seen quite a bit of controversy on Twitter about the drink, it seems to have a bit of a Marmite effect. There is some serious love and hate for the drink.
My Coconut Milk Latte arrived looking much like my favourite milk based product. I gave it a sip and have to admit to being impressed. If you were a expecting a rich creamy coconut flavour you would be disappointed, the drink is very much closer to tasting like regular milk. This is not a coconut latte, it is a latte made with a milk alternative. The flavour is impressively similar to a regular latte, so I think this is something Starbucks should be proud of, there is a slight hint of sweetness, and a very slight bitter aftertaste, but it is still good. It's a nice milky coffee, and it does the job well. If I was dairy intolerant I would be very happy with the drink, the coffee was good and strong and the coconut milk worked well with it. As I'm okay with regular dairy I will stick to that, it does have the upper hand.
For those that don't like this drink please remember it is just an alternative, meant really for those who have problems with regular milk. If it isn't your thing soy milk and dairy are still firmly on the menu if that is your preference.