The quality of the coffee bean used gets a lot of credit in espresso drinks' final taste, but the most popular espresso-based drinks, the latte, and cappuccino, actually have more milk than espresso in them. So the type and the quality of the milk used are super important to the drink's flavor. In this article, we'll cover what types of milk are used to make your coffee at your favorite coffee shop and which options are available as alternatives.
Before we get started, here is a graphic outlining the basic differences between the most popular milk types used in coffee shops. I think you'll find it helpful.
What Type of Milk Does Starbucks Use in Their Coffee?
Starbucks has seven milk options in total. The dairy milk available includes nonfat (skim) milk, 2% milk, and whole milk. Starbucks’ non-dairy options include oat milk, soy milk, almond milk, and coconut milk. Milk brands that Starbucks sources from include: Lucerne, Borden, Good and Gather, Dean Foods, and Oatly.
If you order a drink that contains milk such as a latte or cappuccino, it will be made with 2% milk unless another type is requested. 2% milk is the default milk used to make all tea lattes and espresso drinks except the “flat white”, which is made with two shots of espresso and steamed whole milk on top.
Starbucks Mobile App Milk Options
As a reminder, whole milk is milk that contains 3.25% fat by weight, 2% milk is 2% fat by weight, and nonfat/skim milk is milk that is 0% fat by weight (actually about 0.1%, but we round to 0).
Fun Fact: A Starbuck barista on the popular question-and-answer site, “Quora” says that his Starbucks store could go through 25 gallons of milk in a day, and that drive-through stores could hit 50 gallons of milk use on any given day!
What Type of Milk Does Dunkin Donuts Use?
Dunkin Donuts has five milk options available. Their dairy milk options are whole milk and skim milk, and their non-dairy options include almond milk, oat milk, and coconut milk. Dairy-free Dunkin coffee drinkers should be aware that all flavor swirl additives except for mocha contain dairy, and all unsweetened flavor shots are dairy free.
What Type of Milk Does Tim Hortons Use?
Tim Hortons has six milk options available. The Canadian-based coffee shop’s dairy milk options include Whole, 2% and nonfat (skim) milk. Dairy-free options are almond milk, oat milk, and coconut milk.
Tim Horton’s Almond and Soy milk are Silk brand and their Oat milk is made by Chobani.
What Type of Milk Does Peets Coffee Use?
The dairy milk options at Peets Coffee are whole milk, 2% milk, and nonfat (skim) milk, and their non-dairy options include almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, and soy milk. Peets uses Pacific Foods Barista brand for their dairy-free milk options.
What Type of Milk Does Mcdonald's Use
Oat and soy milk are now available in McCafe located in Australia, but no dairy-free milks are used in United States McDonalds at the moment.
What Type of Milk Does Dutch Bros Use?
Dutch Bros has whole, 2%, nonfat (skim), and chocolate milk. They also have non-dairy options of almond, coconut, and oat milk. Dutch Bros defaults to using 2% milk to make all of their lattes and cappuccinos, but if you’d like to substitute a different type just ask and their baristas are more than happy to make it with your preference.
If you’re a Starbucks fan who has more questions about the coffee shop, I recommend you check out my article Why Starbucks Writes Your Name on the Cup
And, if you’ve never heard of a “Quad” order at Starbucks, I wrote an article all about the secret order, What Quad Means at Starbucks and How Much Caffeine is in Quad Drinks