Starbucks VIA + hot water + 1/4 c. Trader Joe’s unsweetened almond milk = PERFECT coffee.
If there’s anything I think about more than food.. it’s coffee. The smell of it sets me into a tizzy. The coffee itself, well, it changes me, man. I don’t get hyper but it definitely flips a switch, transforming me from 8-AM “omg I hate riding the bus and work and hard boiled eggs” Lauren to Mother ‘freakin Theresa. But I just hate black coffee, and dairy doesn’t sit well. So, up until a few weeks ago, it was either deny my cravings or spend $2.50 at Crazy Mocha, add some half and half and sweet ‘n low, savor it for five minutes and spend the rest of the day with a mild tummy ache and the rest of the week with a pimple. The former won out in all but my most desperate moments.
That was until I discovered Starbucks VIA through my boyfriend’s coworker, a member of a restaurant supply store that sells 50 for $10. Lately, though, boyfriend’s stash is low and he’s being stingy with disbursements of said substance, despite my desperate text messages of “COFFEE PLZ PLZ PLZ” around 4:00 every day. You can get them 50 for $28 at Amazon.com- free shipping, too! Still only $.57 for 16oz! Just add hot water, and dare I say it, it’s BETTER than chain coffee!
Also new to my life is Trader Joe’s unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I’ve tried SO MANY substitutes for creamer- Almond Breeze, hemp milk, coconut milk, coconut creamer, stevia, cashew milk… nothing ever measured up. This stuff is awesome- it’s 40 calories per cup and the PERFECT mate for VIA. I’m a fiend for sweetness, but this combo doesn’t need anything, it’s delightful and nutty and so much “lighter” than coffee with cream- perfect for summer!
I’ve found the Holy Grail of coffee for you, my dairy- free friends. So, tell me below- do you have a favorite brand of coffee? What’s your perfect ‘cuppa?