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6 Alternative Milks on The Rise—and Where to Find Them in San Diego

The pros and cons of the most popular dairy alternatives


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Almond

Suitable as a coffee creamer, it has surged in popularity—at a price. Almonds require staggering amounts of water (15 gallons to produce just 16 almonds, according to the New York Times), so drink responsibly.

Where to find it: Pannikin Coffee & Tea, Refill Cafe, Parakeet Cafe

 

Coconut

“It gives you the closest creaminess because it has fat,” Gray-Meisner says of this milk made with shredded coconut meat.

Where to find it: James Coffee Co., Cafe Gratitude, Lofty Coffee Co.

 

Oat

This grain-based alternative yields a creamy, frothy texture ideal for blended espresso drinks.

Where to find it: Achilles Coffee Roasters, Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

 

Soy

It’s high in protein and calcium, but Gray-Meisner says this milk blended from hulled soybeans has fallen off the radar for a reason: There are links to increased risk of breast cancer and thyroid issues.

Where to find it: All over

 

Hemp

Beyond being a fast-growing crop with a low carbon footprint, hemp is also packed with omega-3 fatty acids, important for brain health.

Where to find it: Seven Seas Roasting Co., Lazy Hummingbird

 

Cashew

Expect to see this creamy, fatty milk on more menus. And if the pulp’s not strained, expect the same nutrition as whole cashews: good fats, vitamins B and E, minerals, protein, and fiber.

Where to find it: Good on Ya, Coffee Cycle

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