I am lactose intolerant. How can I prepare a good cup of coffee with milk? I don't like the taste of black coffee. I usually use soy-milk, but it is nowhere near original milk in taste.

  • 1
    Almost all coffee "creamers" in the grocery store (Coffemate, International Delight) are actually non-dairy. Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 18:29

4 Answers 4


Best option is lactose-free milk. I assume you live in India and it may be hard to find in India as lactose intolerance is not common among Indians. In that case, you may try goat milk which has naturally less lactose than cow milk. But I'm not sure if this will be enough (personally) for you.

  • Hey thanks, we do have lactose free milk available easily from online groceries like big basket and grofers. Amazon too offers it.
    – rancho
    Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 22:37

Try frothing the soy milk with a hand-held frother, even if you just slightly froth it.

According to this Milk Frothing Guide

Incorporating air into the milk improves and sweetens the taste. Milk that has not been foamed at all tends to taste flat and dull by comparison.

Also consider experimenting with other kinds of milk substitutes: almond milk, almond-cashew milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk, hemp milk, oat milk, and rice milk.

Update: I've found that I like oat milk the best. It should be feasible to make oat milk, but I haven't tried that yet.

  • 1
    Also try different varieties / brands of soya milk. There can be a lot of variation between them. eg sweetened or not, or some brands can have a strange taste or texture.
    – vclaw
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 1:11

Personally I love almond milk in hot drinks. Though I usually use soy milk with coffee, I love to have almond milk chai. That's a tea drink, but maybe it will do it for you in coffee. I recommend it because it's usually touted as a good cow's milk alternative

I would also recommend trying different "alternative" milks to find what you like. In the way you might not like soy milk, I don't like coconut milk in drinks, but other people swear by it. Rice and oat milk are pretty good in my opinion, however.

I'll say this, though: If you go a while without consuming dairy (say a year), your taste palate will change. This is a commonly reported phenomenon among vegans and lactose intolerant people who stop consuming dairy. I can testify personally that I can no longer stand the taste of milk or cheese, and I'm five years "plant based".


I don’t like the taste of soy and almond milk, but I grew accustomed to oat-milk. The barista variety of a certain Swedish brand foams really well and makes good cappuccino’s.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.