Going vegan at costa coffee has never been easier thanks to their new additions to the menu. This January the nation’s favourite coffee shop is offering coconut milk as an additional dairy-free milk to soya. In addition to this fantastic news, they have introduced a Vegan Trademark approved product, the Paradise Slice. I popped down to my local Costa in Essex to see what the fuss was all about and get my hands on a drink and sweet treat.
VEGAN AT COSTA COFFEE: COCONUT LATTE
As an introduction to the new coconut milk, they are reccomending three drinks; Coconut Vanilla Latte, Coconut Mocha and Coconut Flat White. As far as I am aware, all three of these drinks are suitable for Vegans including the chocolate powder used in the Mocha. I decided to go against the grain and order a small Coconut Latte, prepared nicely in the glass Keep Cup. The coconut flavour was neither too prevalent or overpowering in comparison to the likes of Starbucks coconut milk or that made by Alpro. It was just as smooth as Soya but maybe a little creamier. The barista may top your latte with dried coconut pieces so dont be alarmed like I was if you find a piece floating in your beverage!
The Pro’s Of Costa’s Coconut Milk
- Great alternative for those who dislike or are allergic to soya milk
- Introduces more Vegan options to a dairy dense menu
- It is smooth and creamy with a subtle flavour
The Con’s Of Costa’s Coconut Milk
- It costs an additional 40p to have as an option!
- The addition of coconut pieces could see many complaints come their way
VEGAN AT COSTA COFFEE: PARADISE SLICE
Anything sweet, chewy and indulgent – I’m there! This Vegan Trademark certified product did in fact deliver and tastes just like a fruity Bounty bar. The chewy desiccated coconut base is mixed with sultanas, apricots and cranberries to give it a fruity tropical flavour. On top is plain chocolate which thankfully doesn’t taste too dark and is complimented by a raspberry and pistachio crumb. For £2.00 a slice I say this is priced in line with their other non-vegan products and makes for a great treat!
The Pro’s Of Costa’s Paradise Slice
- Vegan Trademark certified
- tastes just like a Bounty Bar (hallelujah)
- Contains dried fruit pieces to make you feel less guilty
- It will make Veganism more accessible as it isn’t clearly labelled as ‘Vegan’ product
The Con’s Of Costa’s Paradise Slice
- It is not separated from other non-vegan cakes and slices therefore there is a huge risk of cross contamination
- It contains nuts which means it is not suitable for nut allergy sufferers
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I’m looking forward to see the success of the Coconut Range which hopefully will ensure they add main options to the food menu too!
Have you gone Vegan at Costa Coffee with their new range yet?