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7 reasons why you should have plant-based milks in your coffee

The perks of going plant-based

Time Out Hong Kong in partnership with Vitasoy
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Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed a growing demand for higher quality, ethically sourced products – from organic produce to slow fashion, locally made craft beers to bio-wines – we’re all for taking better care of ourselves and our planet. Our favourite by-product of this trend is also the one that provides most instant gratification: delicious, energy-giving coffee. Seriously, if you don’t believe that Hong Kong’s stepped up its coffee game, take a look at our guide to the best cafés in town.

A delicious and healthy selection of coffee beverages made with Vitasoy’s plant-based milks

A barista greets a customer at the Vitasoy booth at Tong Chong Street Market’s Coffee Festival

One of the things Hong Kong’s coffee shops have started to pick up on is the plant milk trend. In fact, Vitasoy – aka the company behind one of Hong Kong’s most iconic drinks – has taken it upon themselves to create Vitasoy Café for Baristas, a line of top quality dairy-free milks, which debuted at the Tong Chong Street Market’s Coffee Festival in November 2018. Read on to learn more about the products and why you should jump on the dairy-free bandwagon. By Annette Chan

Reasons why you should have soy and almond milk in your coffee

Plant-based milks taste great with coffee and other beverages

Plant-based milks taste great with coffee and other beverages

We don’t consider plant milks to be just dairy substitutes – they’re a delicious option that people can (and should) choose to drink because they taste great. In fact, Vitasoy worked closely with a team of baristas in Australia to develop a coffee-brewing formula specifically for its plant-based milks. The formula satisfies the high standards set by professional baristas, especially since both Vitasoy Café for Baristas Soy and Almond milks have a smooth, rich texture and their own unique flavours that complement coffee and a whole host of other beverages without stealing the show. Expect a silky smooth mouthfeel that’s enhanced by a fine microfoam. If you don’t believe us, you can check them out in a variety of different drinks at some of the city’s best-loved restaurants and speciality cafés like N1 Coffee & Co, OVO Cafe, InFuse Specialty Coffee by Ideaology, Nodi, Barista Jam, Ninetys and more.

They’re up to 60 percent less calorific than regular dairy milk

They’re up to 60 percent less calorific than regular dairy milk

Here are some statistics for the sceptics: the Vitasoy Café for Baristas Soy and Almond milks are approximately 40 and 60 percent* less calorific than whole cow’s milk, respectively. Soy milk is also completely free of trans fats and cholesterol, while almond milk is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E and heart-healthy unsaturated fatty acids.

*Vitasoy Café For Baristas – Soy Milk contains 42kcal per 100ml compared to whole milk, which contains 70kcal per 100ml. Meanwhile, Vitasoy Café For Baristas – Almond Milk contains 24kcal per 100ml (NUTTAB2010).

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They’re suitable for vegetarians and vegans

They’re suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Whether it’s for personal or medical reasons, the number of people turning to plant-based diets is on the rise, and it’s heartening to see the city’s meat-free options expanding beyond ready-made salads and Buddhist restaurants (though both are greatly appreciated). After all, if we can now buy “bleeding” meat-free burgers and scrambled eggs made from tofu, shouldn’t we be able to get our hands on vegan-friendly milk?

They’re lactose free

They’re lactose free

There are a lot of lactose-intolerant people in East Asia. For those whose love for dairy is unfortunately unreciprocated, ordering anything other than black coffee is risky business. Beyond accepting your fate, the only options are plant milks and buying lactase pills, which you’ll probably forget at home half of the time. Another benefit of soy milk in particular is its total lack of gluten, which is sure to please those who live with coeliac disease.

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They’re good sources of protein

They’re good sources of protein

If you’re on a plant-based diet or keen on fitness, you’ll already know that many legumes and nuts are great sources of protein, fibre and healthy fats. You may not realise, however, that soybeans have even more protein than chicken breast, with a whopping 36g of protein per 100g of raw beans. The nutrient content of almonds is nothing to sniff at either, with its healthy range of protein, fibres, fats and vitamins.

They’re better for the environment

They’re better for the environment

While we’re not here to lecture anyone, it’s no secret that it takes a whole lot of water, energy and deforestation to rear cattle. In comparison, soy milk uses 72 percent less water to produce than cow’s milk, with the added benefit that soybeans, unlike cows, don’t burp an alarming amount of methane into the environment. And though almond milk has a bad rep for being a water-intensive product, its water and carbon footprints are both much smaller than those of cow’s and sheep’s milk.

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They can be easily incorporated into your daily habits

They can be easily incorporated into your daily habits

Soy and almond milk are versatile products that can add a lot of flavour to your everyday life. Aside from being delicious and healthy substitutions for dairy in your coffee and tea drinks, Vitasoy Café for Baristas Soy and Almond milks can also be used in cooking and baking too. Whether you’re adding it to your daily brew or using it to give creaminess and depth of flavour to sauces, soups and stews, these plant-based milks are great for anyone who wants to lead a greener and healthier lifestyle starting from today.

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